Please indulge me for a moment. Six years ago today I launched the Tax Advice Network as the UK’s first virtual tax practice. A unique facility allowing accountants to access their choice of vetted independent specialist tax advisers, whenever a client’s problems required such expertise.

My first business plan showed that the Network’s various income sources would make it very profitable, even based on very modest projections. Not modest enough it turned out!

For a host of reasons the Network did not initially generate the level of interest or income that I had projected. Over the years though it has continued to grow and we now offer access to around 40 vetted independent tax experts around the UK.

Our website is a simple portal enabling you to find someone suitable to resolve almost any tax problem you can imagine. There is no middle man – you can either ring them or email them direct and engage directly with them.

Separate to the website facility many thousands of accountants have registered to receive the Network’s weekly tax tips – these come out every Thursday. Written especially for accountants in general practice and for their staff, there are always at least 3 timely, topical and commercial tips and advice with links to the source documents should you want to read further. Register here if you’ve not done so previously>>>

As we approached today’s 6th anniversary I had cause to look back to when the Network launched and to look forward to the exciting plans we have for the future. It seems we were ahead of our time when we launched. Now however I am confident that, together with my team, we know what needs doing to build on our first 6 years.

Our intention is to provide more support, help and advice to general practitioners, to provide easy trusted access to independent cost-effective tax advice and to build up the value of our brand. I am also, as ever, open to your suggestions and ideas.

So do please get in touch with your thoughts – or even if you only want to wish us a happy anniversary.