Andy Thackeray (Thackeray Associates Accountants)
We're not an ordinary, old fashioned, stuffy accountancy practice.
Let's face it, most small business doesn't need a full time finance director or the salary they demand. Our service plans provide you with a passionate, proactive finance director and business mentor. Our hands on experience with businesses, from start ups to multi-national groups, is included in our service plan because it makes a difference to your business.
Initial contact meetings will see an examination your business; how it operates, what it involves, what are its processes and who are the people in it. We work out how to reduce the time burden by providing a systems review and recommendations for implementation. We will never make change for change sake. It will be to improve efficiency and efficiency = time and money saved.
Our core services are statutory accounts preparation, tax compliance, payroll, book-keeping, VAT compliance, business plans with cash flow forecasts, management information/accounts and company secretarial work. Many other services are available - drop us a line to ask.
We've worked hard to put in place systems ensuring that:
- you will never get a late filing penalty;
- that you receive plenty of notice and time to save up for the inevitable tax bill when you've made the first £1million profit (we'll keep that tax bill as low as legally possible, of course);
- to get back to you asap when we're on another call or in a meeting; and
- to keep in touch on at least a minimum quarterly basis.
Planning for your future exit strategy - is it retirement, sale or something more exotic you have in mind? We'll work with you to map the path ahead and put in place the best marker posts for the challenges ahead.
We believe that we provide a truly client focused service and treat you as we would be treated.
Our clients come first.
The business person
In October 2009, having worked in accounting practices for all of his 21 year career, Andy noticed that most no longer focus on provision of good client service but instead concentrate on getting paid well for the minimum amount of work. It mean just one thing - strike out alone.
Andy's in depth technical knowledge and vast experience gained on assignments have afforded him a great grounding, not just in the numbers side of things but, in being able to spot things that could derail a business. Something which he brings to his clients' businesses is down to earth reality. If there's a problem he'll let you know and how to fix it...before it happens.
Andy is passionate about accounting and finance, especially working WITH businesses to help them avoid issues or help them through if they are unavoidable. For Andy, being an accountant isn't just a job, it's in his very fibres - a true vocation.
The non business persona
Interests range from church bellringing through to politics via beer, curries and transport issues. Andy invariably speaks out and ends up on committees as a result. There is some truth in the adage - you need to be inside to affect the future and it's only fair to get stuck in.
Character - easy going and 'allegedly' speaks to anyone but does want to see others achieve the same high standards in whatever they turn their hand to. Can lead to severe bouts of confidence boosting speeches and 'just give it a go' shoves!
Life is not something there to be taken for granted. You can let it wash over you and become dull and flat like the beach or take it by the horns and etch out those craggy lines that tell people - he lived.
Business Experience and fortés
From start ups to multi-national businesses, they've been clients and have included secondments such as 12 months standing in as group financial controller for a 20+ company construction group. The client exposure covers manufacturing, construction, service providers, food industry, IT, stock holders, farms, trades and many more - basically there's not much that hasn't been worked with by Andy.
Experience of dealing with parent companies, and their boardrooms, abroad on behalf of the UK subsidiaries and some knowledge of foreign tax legislation.
Quick turnaround on specific assignments such as:
- Cash flow and business planning (useful for financing requests to banks, etc.);
- Systems reviews (MIS and internal process) to improve efficiency throughout;
- Tax planning (including InheritanceTax);
- Succession planning; and
- Accounting IT consultancy (hardware and software solutions)
Never yet lost a client to recession where they've taken advice.