The RIBA is the UK body for architecture and the architectural profession, providing support to over 40,000 members worldwide in the form of training, technical services, publications and events, and setting standards for the education of architects, both in the UK and overseas. It works to improve the design quality of public buildings, new homes and new communities. It also lets out meeting rooms at its prestigious building at 66, Portland Place.
When Sayer Vincent were appointed auditors in 2007, we agreed from the outset that two partners should work with RIBA – both would stay in touch with issues across the whole group and it would mean that a partner was always available for advice and meetings. We also set up two audit teams, each led by a manager, to ensure a degree of independence for the main trading subsidiary and to ensure that the audit work would be completed in the agreed timescale.
As well as undertaking the statutory audit, Sayer Vincent has advised on tax issues, the acquisition of another company in the commercial arm and has carried out a special investigation when some problems with a database were identified.
“I enjoy working with Sayer Vincent and value their pragmatic, to the point advice. I always feel that their output has been written for me, and is not padded out unnecessarily with material cut and paste from other documents. It is also important to be able to talk directly and quickly to a partner when the need arises, and to be confident of getting a quick response, and in this respect I have always found Kate Sayer to be excellent.”
Andy Munro, Chief Financial Officer, RIBA