Five minutes with…
How has the role of accountant changed since you Joined Beatons?
We have always seen ourselves as more than just ‘number crunchers’ and the position of an accountant as a trusted business advisor is the same today as it was when I joined Beatons in 1985. Technology however has undoubtedly resulted in the change in the accountant’s role since those early days of computers. Accountants have helped many businesses adapt to the digital world and embrace the efficiencies that can be achieved through financial software, including recently assisting with HMRC’s recent ‘Making tax digital’ requirements. Technology has also enabled accountants to spend less time producing data, and more time to analyse and advise on the results.
These last eighteen months have been challenging for many businesses, where has Beatons Group been most able to support its clients?
Our aim was to keep clients abreast of the range of grants and other support measures that were constantly being released by the government as the pandemic developed, to ensure their business was able to utilise these if necessary. We have also been able to assist many clients with Furlough claims, and the associated complexities of the rules.
How significant is the local logistics industry to your business?
Whilst we have a diverse client base, our proximity to Felixstowe port has undoubtedly enabled us to provide services to many logistics businesses over the years and develop specialist knowledge through our clients and our own experiences in working for this industry.
In your view, what makes Felixstowe the special place that it is?
Where do I start! From the picturesque Ferry area and historic golf course to a vibrant seaside town with its new pier, and a port that is a major component in international industry, Felixstowe has so much to offer.
Tell us a secret about yourself.
That’s a tough one and it’s not a secret if I say it! I have scored a penalty at Portman Road in front of an Ipswich Town FA Cup crowd. I was still at School in the early eighties, and it wasn’t in the proper goals, but it’s as close as I got to realising my dream of being a professional footballer!.