2018 is almost at an end and it’s been quite a year for Haines Watts, with impressive growth, changes of leadership, loads of great charitable giving and an international award win to name but a few things.
After fourteen years of excellent national leadership, the Haines Watts Board bid farewell to Andy Minifie and a new leadership team took over. Michael Davidson took over from Andy as Group Managing Partner alongside Darren Holdway who took on the redefined role of Group Chairman. At the same time, Rodney Style stepped down from his board position as Chairman. Donna Bulmer, a long-standing partner became the newest member of the Board leadership team.
A profitable firm
This year has also seen Haines Watts’ most impressive growth for over a decade, with annual growth to 31 March 2018 of 16% on turnover. This was generated in equal parts through organic growth and acquisition. Our financial results provide a strong signal to our clients and prospective clients that Haines Watts is a driven, well run, profitable firm.
Haines Watts has continued to make strategic acquisitions in 2018 to aid further growth.
The acquisition of practices in London, Bristol, Nottingham, Wirral, Leicester, Tillicoultry, Worcester and Tewkesbury strengthen the regional presence of Haines Watts across the country.
The acquisitions also allow us to offer a full range of services across UK regions. From business improvement, growth planning, tax advisory, R & D tax relief claims all the way to international trading, everyone is excited to see our specialist offerings improve and grow as we pursue ambitious growth plans.
In November, Haines Watts was also named as one of Geneva Group International (GGI), a global alliance of firms, 2018 Member Firms of the Year. The award recognises firms that are prominent in areas of excellence within the GGI international community, reflecting the innovation, achievement, strategy and progress taking place within the industry.
This year saw us launch an initiative to maximise and better record the huge amount of charitable giving that goes on around the Haines Watts Group. Our local offices, regularly raise money and donate time to charities in their local communities. This has included raising money for local air ambulances, local hospices, children’s charities and support clubs. Many Haines Watts people also took part in national charity days such as MacMillan Coffee Mornings, Go Sober for October, Movember, Christmas Jumper Day and various people took part in their local Santa Dash.
Two large national initiatives were also supported and co-ordinated this year. At our Seniors and Managers Conferences in November, where teams took part in building bikes for Access Sport, with bikes being donated to deserving nurses and Mind to help people with Mental Health challenges.
This year our Christmas campaign was to support a brand-new initiative, the brain child of Kristina Salceanu who works for a Haines Watts client company in the Midlands. Advent of Change is a revolutionary charity advent calendar, inviting people to give, rather than receive as they count down to Christmas.
Haines Watts were one of a small number of corporate sponsors supporting Advent of Change by promoting the calendar to clients and Haines Watts employees and with Haines Watts partners giving Kristina free financial, tax and VAT advice as she started this unique venture.
In total, Haines Watts raised £6,864 for this amazing initiative.
The future looks bright…
With renewed focus and energy across the firm, the future looks bright for Haines Watts as it continues to focus on being the ‘go-to’ firm for aspirational business owners.
Putting people at the heart of everything we do continues to be key to Haines Watts success in the future, encompassing and embracing the future of work as working environments, attitudes and cultures evolve. Haines Watts is committed to placing definitive value on their people, through flexible working programs, wellbeing and coaching initiatives.
That focus on people extends to clients too. Haines Watts is a business that works with the people who own and run businesses, not with businesses in isolation of the pressures, stresses and joys that come with them.
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