Clare Thompson is our Senior Partner and alongside her team of talented people she works directly with clients to provide both accountancy and business development services. These services are provided from our offices in Newcastle, Durham and Teesside, including our fast-growing online accountancy solutions.
Clare is something of a rarity in the accountancy world, as in addition to her time in practice as a senior accountant, she has spent over a decade in the private sector running successful businesses.
This means that Clare can bring a unique perspective to her clients, as she has walked in their shoes as a business owner and understands the challenges that this entails. Consequently Clare can not only advise clients on important financial and tax matters, but also contribute invaluable advice in regards to running a successful business.
Because of this, Clare acts as so much more than a compliance accountant to her clients. In fact, clients have come to rely on Clare as a trusted business advisor, with Clare working alongside clients to help them to identify and resolve short-term problems and implement effective strategies for long-term business development.
As your accountant, Clare and her team will of course take care of all your accountancy needs in a timely, professional and effective manner. But much more importantly, Clare will only ever be a phone call, e-mail or meeting away for those times when you need some impartial and expert guidance.
Clare will also meet with you at least yearly for a robust business review, helping you to understand what has happened in your business and how to develop the business in the future by overcoming problems and exploiting new opportunities.
As her clients will attest, Clare takes a no-nonsense approach to business, favouring practical, real-world solutions over business-book theories that don’t translate to the real world.
While no two clients are ever the same, Clare most often helps clients to grow their profits, increase sales results, launch new products/ services, control and cut costs, resolve cash flow ‘nightmares’, implement time and money saving systems and get better results from employees.
Academically, Clare is a Chartered Management Accountant holding the prestigious ACMA, CGMA qualification and two degrees, a BA (Hons) in Finance and an LLB (Hons) in Law, from the University of Newcastle. In addition, Clare is a noted business author and keynote speaker, and has published pioneering business research with Durham University.
Clare began her career as an accountant, but was quickly fast-tracked as a business trouble-shooter, soon being appointed to lead key assignments in Europe, America and Asia. By her mid twenties, Clare wanted to actually run a business herself and acquired a struggling engineering business.
In two years Clare took it from loss-making and a handful of employees to a new purpose-built production plant with a workforce of around 60, a multi-million pound turnover with high six figure profits and a portfolio of clients including several household names.
Since then, Clare has launched several other successful businesses in addition to working with a huge range of clients on business trouble-shooting, turnaround and development tasks. As a result, there is barely an industry Clare has not helped or a business challenge she has not faced.
At this time, all new clients will have Clare assigned as their accountant, meaning that Clare and her team will personally take care of you.
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