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As we head into 2020, we are taking a moment to look back at 2019 and everything that Haines Watts & our people have achieved.

Strong organic growth

Haines Watts has risen one place in the Accountancy Age Top 50 firms to be the 12th largest firm in the UK.

Multiple acquisitions and strong organic growth for a second year running has taken Haines Watts to a £96m turnover. Despite the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, there has been a healthy growth of 13% in revenues this year.

Acquisition growth

Haines Watts has merged new businesses into the group in Kirkcaldy, Hull, Birmingham as well as acquisitions in the North East .

In addition, Haines Watts has had several office moves and makeovers including Wolverhampton, Diss, Colchester, London, Birmingham and Newcastle.

Accountancy award

Haines Watts won the prestigious Accountancy Firm of the Year award at the 2019 annual FDs’ Excellence Awards. The awards recognise those who go above and beyond to deliver results and encourage growth.

Haines Watts have a rich history in award wins at the FD Excellence Awards, having won five awards in total.

Charitable giving

Inspired by our Haines Watts offices in the West, we supported a May Mental Wealth campaign launched by BBC Wiltshire. 31 days of wellbeing tips backed by Mental Health UK.

Many of our offices took part in Macmillan coffee mornings and in total we raised £3000 for Macmillan cancer research.

Haines Watts have taken part in the Best Companies b-Heard survey to measure, improve and recognise workplace engagement.  For every survey completed we donated to the Mind charity. In total we donated £1044 to Mind.

At the recent Managers & Seniors workshops, our teams did a ‘charity challenge’ resulting in Haines Watts donating 24 Care Packages to Coventry Haven Women’s Aid & Refuge.

Our 2019 Christmas campaign will be launched in January as we support RED January in aid of the Mind charity. RED January is about being physically active to support mental wellbeing. Throughout January we will be getting active in our teams as well as donating financially and donating items for the Mind shops across the UK.

In addition, Haines Watts as always have been active in supporting local causes such as Red nose day, Air Aid/Air Ambulance, St Richards Hospital, Youth Concern (homelessness), Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, Movember, Worcester Foodbank, Save the Children, Advent of Change, Home Start UK, Kinship Carers UK.

The year ahead

2020 is Haines Watts 90th Anniversary, from small beginnings when Cyril Haines Watts set up in his shed to the £96m turnover group we are today. We’ve lots to be proud of, so we’re currently planning on how we celebrate our 90th birthday in Autumn 2020.

With Brexit looming, our partners and teams will be on hand to advise our clients on how to weather any Brexit storm, and how to keep their businesses agile and profitable.

I’ve no doubt that our offices will carry on recruiting across service lines and functional support to facilitate regional growth further in 2020/21.

We have a workforce of over 54% Millennial and 15% Generation Z employees across the firm, so many of our businesses have been piloting changing our working culture to create an environment fit for the future. 

We’re finalising our new values to reflect the diverse firm we are today and are currently planning the roll out and training programme of these values in order to embed them and strengthen our Haines Watts DNA and culture.

Our client insight programme with continue to roll out and we will be analysing the wider results of this to better understand how we can improve our service to our clients and share best client practice across the group.

Next year, we’ll be revamping our website to bring it bang up to date and offer a better user experience in some key areas.


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