Local firm, big ambitions

Having been an entrepreneur myself, I know the important services accountants provide by getting businesses up and running and by sustaining the local economy and from the moment I walked into Northern Accountants, I realised that I was not walking into your usual accountancy firm.

My visit to this successful accountancy firm based at Howley Park Business Village in Morley for this month’s edition of my On the Shop Floor Column, was prompted by the fact that the firm had just been shortlisted for Independent Firm of the Year (North) at the British Accountancy Awards.

Upon arrival I joined a seminar that the firm’s Director, Phil Ellerby, was giving to local businesses on the power of cloud accounting with innovative software such as Satago, Receipt Bank or Crunchboards. It was a very useful seminar for local businesses who, according to the firm, can spend up to £10,000 a year in often inaccurate, manual book keeping. The firm was offering their expertise in automating this to help business become more efficient and thus help them grow. This was just one example of the way this business is helping others in the area.

I then met with Amar, Marianne, Carol, Louise, John and Catalin from the team. We had a very pleasant conversation where they showcased their approach to accounting and client management while providing a premium customer experience.

Together, we also discussed the firm’s exciting expansion plans.

“Although we are a company which helps other businesses to grow, we are rapidly expanding ourselves and we’ve got big plans for the future,” Phil explained.

“The aim is to double our workforce in the next three years and relocating to a new office in Morley will play a key part in those expansion plans.”

With November’s figures showing that since 2010 there are 172,000 more people back in work in Yorkshire & Humber and that the number of people claiming key out of work benefits has fallen by 53% in Morley and Outwood, the news of a local firm aiming to double in size, from a one-man operation only six years ago, is more great news for the local economy.

The afternoon finished with a meeting with Phil where we were joined by the firm’s local business partners and a very interesting conversation around the business community emerged. As the firm’s clients constitute many local businesses from a diverse range of sectors (all the way from marketing to retailers to building tradesmen) the firm organises monthly NA CONNECT networking events where individual local businesses can meet each other. This leads to local companies doing business with other which results in a thriving local business community network, making everyone flourish together. Once again, I was delighted to hear about the powerful initiative of our local businesses.

As an MP I proudly support our local economy and businesses as they ensure that our community prospers and visiting local firms like this one, seeing first-hand the ambition I saw today, fills me with pride in our area.