Why have you chosen Haines Watts for your career – and why does it still matter?
We all had different reasons for joining the accountancy profession, some of us fell into it while others had parents or family working in the sector and our profession has taken us all over the world. We all agree though that what drew us to Haines Watts specifically was the opportunity to work with real people and to make a tangible and meaningful impact. It’s always about connecting with our clients, hearing their journey and taking the time to truly understand them.
With that in mind, were you never tempted to join the Big Four?
As a team we are everything the Big Four aren’t.
You must have heard some interesting misconceptions about accountants over the years...
That we’re boring! Anyone who has been on a Haines Watts strategy retreat knows that isn’t the case. The industry has changed so much, accountancy isn’t just grey people sitting around crunching numbers anymore. We’re more visible these days and people can see the impact we have day to day which is helping – rather than relying on the American TV version of accountants that just shows us as the ‘geeky-guy-who-doesn’t-have-a-girlfriend’.
There’s always the obvious ‘you have to be great at maths’ misconception – we have calculators and computers for that these days; in reality it’s about being great at building relationships and problem-solving.