“As an accountant you are in a position to make a tangible difference to a client’s organisation, driving change through the advice you provide. It is hugely rewarding to observe a business you have been working with develop into a thriving venture.”
Q&A with Ian
Accountancy really isn’t just numbers, it is being able to effectively communicate to clients, working together to achieve a shared objective, devising strategy and solving problems. There is huge variety working in an accountancy firm and there is always room for change or something new – there’s no such thing as a typical day! You work with diverse clients across sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing through to tourism, leisure and education, whilst also managing the requirements of sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.
It has to be starting my own accountancy practice from nothing and then seeing it grow to become part of MA Partners LLP, with myself as a Partner. On a personal front it would be my wife (who also works in the firm), my son and our dog – a beagle named Syke.
I thoroughly enjoy running in my spare time and was hugely lucky to be able to take part in, and finish, the London Marathon in 2017 – so the top thing on my bucket list has been ticked off.
It was whilst I was studying for my degree at University that I took my first steps into accountancy, undertaking work experience for a local firm during the holidays which eventually led to a permanent position. I worked for a large accountancy firm for 12 years, before making a move into industry as a Financial Controller. Industry opened up a new outlook on accountancy, enabling me to perceptively help businesses, having been in their position. I set up my own accountancy practice in 2005, which then went on to become the M+A Partners (North Norfolk) Ltd joint venture with MA Partners LLP in 2010, joining the LLP in full in 2018.
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The People Kit is a knowledgeable group of professionals from various sectors that enable me to add value to my clients by recommending other services that they may require.
Each of the services offered by The People Kit has an experienced individual behind it, giving the reassurance of an approachable point of contact and the confidence that they will achieve the results they are looking for. It is an ideal way for businesses, large and small, to cost-effectively outsource work to experts in their field.
I regularly work with Pippa at Norwich Print Solutions and I also hope to work more closely with Jonathan from Loveday and Partners, as the nature of our businesses is complementary.