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Monday 08 April 2019
by Jackie Emson

Meet the Member - Amanda Turpin from Mitchell Charlesworth

  • Name of Business   Mitchell Charlesworth  
  • Who are you?   Amanda Turpin, associate at Mitchell Charlesworth. 
  • What does your business do?  Mitchell Charlesworth provides accountancy and business advisory services for businesses and individuals in Warrington and across the North West.  In addition to quality accountancy and taxation services, we offer: access to funding, insurance (including cyber insurance), payroll, pensions (including auto enrolment) and tax relief advice relating to R&D, patent box, creative industry relief, SEIS and EIS. We also have a dedicated VAT team to advise throughout all stages of your business.  Our Making Tax Digital team consists of VAT and cloud accounting specialists to ensure that your business is compliant with the new requirements and to help you introduce efficiencies into your processes.
  • What sets you apart from the competition?  We pride ourselves in offering a personalised service to all our clients, irrespective of size, provided by a highly qualified and experienced group of partners and managers, covering a wide range of specialised services, often only found in larger national and international practices.  As a member of Kreston International, we can connect with a network of independent accounting firms to share knowledge, best practice and technical know-how, allowing us to offer a truly global service.
  • What are your main target markets?  We offer a diverse range of services to owner managed businesses and private clients.  Our experts deliver sector-focused advice across the broadest spectrum of industries and activities. We regularly assist organisations of every size and shape, from medical practices and law firms to businesses in technology, manufacturing, automotive, agriculture, hotel and leisure and service industries. 
  • How long has your business been in existence?   Mitchell Charlesworth was founded in 1885 by Charles Hackett Mitchell in Liverpool. The practice has a history of successful acquisitions and mergers and changed its name to Mitchell Charlesworth in 1976. It has grown to be one of the largest regionally based firms of chartered accountants in the North West. 
  • How many staff do you employ?   More than 160 people.
  • What job or achievement makes you most proud?   I really enjoy working with owner managed businesses and helping them to introduce systems that assist with Making Tax Digital compliance and allow access to key financial management information which contributes to the success of their business. Accurate financial information gives business owners the ability to control costs and revenue, make informed decisions and plan the right business strategies. 
  • Where do you see the business being in five years?  We are part way through an ambitious five year business plan with a vision to drive turnover to £10m by 2020 and become the top SME advisor in the North West. To achieve this, we are investing in local talent, upskilling staff to future proof the firm and boosting our overall client offering.  
  • Why Warrington?   Having worked in Warrington for 25 years, I find it an inspiring and exciting place to do business. It provides attractive investment opportunities for a wide variety of commercial and industrial businesses and is home to a vibrant and innovative business community, which I am proud to be a part of and support.  
  • Tell us one interesting thing about the business that might surprise us?   In 2018, we raised more than £8,000 for local and national charities by holding a charity day every month, with each one raising funds for a different charity. We participated in Wear Yellow Day for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Wear A Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan and Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, to name but a few. Our CSR programme is thriving and we continue to get involved in a wide range of volunteering and fundraising activities.
  • Tell us one interesting thing about you that people might not know? (ie, hobbies, amusing fact, etc)  I tried roller skating and sprained my ankle. I tried ice skating and broke my ankle. I tried skiing and broke my arm. Now I only do activities where my feet stay firmly on the ground!
  • Brexit – good, bad, opportunity?  Brexit will undoubtedly present many challenges but it will also create huge growth opportunities for businesses both in the UK and overseas in markets beyond Europe.
  • Fantasy dinner party – which six people alive or dead would you invite?   I wouldn’t invite any well-known people from the past or present! Instead, I would choose to invite my family, my best friend, Jenny and her husband, Neil. They all get along famously and I thoroughly enjoy their company, so I know it would be a dinner party to remember.