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HB&O utilises DFK membership on Malta deal

HB&O director Mark Ashfield with John Adcock and Kirsty Ostle from Advena Limited

A growing Warwickshire consultancy has been forced to register itself overseas following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU).

Advena Limited is based in Warwick and will retain all of its operations in the UK, but has set-up an office in Malta where the business is now registered as a subsidiary.

Advena consults with around 180 global manufacturers of medical devices ranging from pregnancy test kits to x-ray machines to prepare product dossiers, quality systems and registrations so they are ready to sell within the EU.  

This advice includes providing manufacturers with guidelines on suitable packaging, right through to matching standard EU product quality regulations.

The move to Malta – set up by Leamington accountants Harrison Beale & Owen (HB&O) – means that the firm will continue to trade as an EU business for an indefinite period, retaining its relationships with existing clients.

John Adcock, managing director at Advena, said: “We are a key gateway for global manufacturers looking to sell their medical devices inside the EU, because we ensure millions of medical products a year made outside the EU arrive inside the EU carrying the CE mark of conformity.

“Leaving the EU was a concern to us, as there is now going to be at least a two year period of uncertainty about whether or not we will be able to proceed with our EU Authorised Representative service which provides help, advice and a legal trading footing to our global clients.

“Thankfully we had anticipated Brexit, and after three months of planning we have registered a subsidiary of the business in Malta that will enable us to trade as an EU company for as long as we wish.

“Everything will stay the same, except we will have a virtual office there which will enable us to expand our client portfolio and operate as usual while eliminating any uncertainty for our clients.

“We haven’t lost any clients as a result of Brexit thanks to our planning, and we are currently adding around two companies a month to our client base.”

Harrison Beale & Owen (HB&O) used their membership of DFK International – a global network of accountancy firms – to find the business a suitable destination to trade from.

Mark Ashfield, director at HB&O, added: “John has adopted a sensible approach to Brexit that gives his business stability during a time in which a lot of other firms and their customers are in limbo about what the future holds for them.

“Once John decided on his preferred destination, through our DFK membership we were able to reach out to other accountancy firms in Malta who were able to recommend suitable contacts that could help a variety of things, from finding a suitable registered premises to setting up bank accounts.”

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