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Free accountancy advice on offer to businesses

Free advice from chartered accountants to businesses across the North West is on offer as part of a new scheme organised by the ICAEW.

More than 400 North West-based accountancy practices have signed up to the ICAEW Business Advice Service (BAS).

Companies of all sizes can participate in the initiative, which includes a free advice session with an ICAEW chartered accountant.

Melanie Christie, ICAEW North West regional director, said it is not just the Government's responsiblty to help businesses survive and thrive.

"As a profession that acts in the public interest, ICAEW Chartered Accountants recognise their responsibility to offer crucial guidance," she added.

For more information on the scheme click here.

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