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Date: 21/11/2002 Location: Strathclyde Hilton, Bellshill
Chairman: Mr  Mike Rutterford
Speaker: Mr  Robert Hannah  Mr  Michael  McCusker          

Grant Thornton partners, Robert Hannah and Michael McCusker will share their thoughts on how to tackle this challenge, with particular emphasis on understanding the key qualities required of a strong business and identifying potential tax planning opportunities.

Robert Hannah is the Audit and Corporate Finance Partner in Grant Thornton, Edinburgh.  He trained with Grant Thornton, enjoying considerable experience in audit, investigations, corporate finance and general business advice.

Robert acts for a wide range of clients, from 100m turnover manufacturing businesses to early stage hi-tech companies with turnover below 1m.  He has considerable experience of business planning and fund-raising as well as advising clients on a variety of strategic and operational business issues.

Robert was seconded to manage an investment fund in 1994 as part of his training and development.  He is one of the firm's first partners appointed under the Partner Trainee Scheme.

Robert is married with two children and includes football and golf among his interests.

Michael McCusker is the Regional Tax Partner in our Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast offices.  He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Taxation.

Michael has extensive experience in advising companies and owner managed businesses of the tax issues affecting their business.  Areas of specific expertise include the restructuring of groups, companies and partnerships to achieve a tax efficient trading structure, tax planning for acquisitions and disposals and the structuring of tax efficient remuneration policies and share incentive schemes for company directors/shareholders and executives. 

The Masterclass will be chaired by Mr Mike Rutterford, Managing Director, Rutterford Ltd and Director of The Entrepreneurial Exchange

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