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MC News update October 2019

Mitchell Charlesworth hosts charity quiz in aid of Ronald McDonald House

Last month Mitchell Charlesworth hosted a charity quiz on behalf of Ronald McDonald House, Manchester.

Around 90 local professionals battled it out to take top spot, raising over £1500 for the charity.  MC Tax Manager Phil Hartley proved to be an eloquent orator, and can now add quiz-mastery to his list of talents alongside tax aficionado.

The charity is very close to Phil’s heart, as they supported him and his family when his son had open heart surgery for tracheomalacia by providing a ‘home away from home’ during what was a very difficult time.  Phil and his family will always be grateful for their support and the quiz was all about giving something back to the charity.

Our congratulations go out to lawyers Slater Heelis LLP (Joe’s Minions – pictured below) for taking first place.  Well done to our very own VAT partner Alison Birch who successful bid for the signed Manchester United football in our silent auction.

Thanks to all who joined us.  Hope to see you at the next one!

Raft of new client wins for our Manchester office

Mitchell Charlesworth has secured a raft of new client wins across Manchester and the North West.

Six local businesses have appointed Mitchell Charlesworth to provide a full range of financial and business advice services, including audit and accounts, tax planning, VAT, R&D tax credits, payroll and strategic planning.

Mitchell Charlesworth’s new client wins include notable companies in its portfolio such as the award-winning North West recruitment agency, Jobwise, which has been assisting local businesses and job seekers for over 40 years and recently won a hat trick of awards at the Greater Manchester Business Awards in February; and Manchester-based HairShark, an innovative haircare tool that is the world’s first 2-in-1 backcombing brush and gives a perfect bouffant hairstyle.

The firm has also been appointed by Thrive Media Group which owns Add People, one of the UK’s largest digital marketing agencies. Headquartered in Altrincham, the company specialises in helping SMEs with their digital marketing. It has 150 employees advising over 3500 clients across the globe on their digital marketing strategies.

Other recent business wins for the firm include Urmston-based Kin Bakehouse & Kitchen, an independent cafe bakery business run by two female entrepreneurs; Rochdale charity Link4Life which encourages people to live more active, creative and healthy lifestyles; and Yozu, a specialist software development company that designs intuitive desktop and mobile applications.

Alison Buckley, partner at Mitchell Charlesworth’s Manchester office said: “This is a very exciting time for us with such an influx of innovative and successful new clients and it really is a testament to the strength and expertise of the team that we are celebrating these wins.”

Key promotions and a new appointment boost team

The firm has strengthened its audit and accounts team with four key promotions and a new appointment.

Louise Casey, Ramon McKenna and Heather Townsend have all been promoted to associate, Amy Taylor has been promoted to manager and John Davies has joined the team as a manager.

Louise Casey graduated with a degree in business and marketing, and then worked for an international bank before moving into accountancy 10 years ago. Louise subsequently became ACA qualified, and manages a wide range of large, small and medium sized clients within the Liverpool office portfolio, including a variety of not-for-profit entities and manufacturing companies. She works with the audit compliance partner, managing the audit function across the practice.

Ramon McKenna qualified as a certified accountant in 2008, joining Mitchell Charlesworth’s Liverpool office in March 2016. He has more than 18 years of experience of working with a wide range of small and medium sized companies and has specialist knowledge of group accounts and solicitors’ accounts rules.

Heather Townsend started her career in accountancy with Mitchell Charlesworth in 2007 and qualified as a chartered accountant with the support of the firm. Based in the firm’s Chester office, she advises companies across a wide range of sectors, in particular within the manufacturing and construction industries. She also specialises in the legal sector, performing compliance audits for solicitor clients and other client money regulated clients.

Amy Taylor joined Mitchell Charlesworth in 2011, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2017, and is a manager within the audit and accounts team at the firm’s Widnes office. Amy provides audit and accounts services to a mixed portfolio of businesses in addition to delivering cloud software and digitalisation support and training.

Paul Wainwright, managing partner at Mitchell Charlesworth, said: “It is extremely important to us to invest in and help develop our people. The individuals promoted are valued team members who have made a strong contribution to the growth of Mitchell Charlesworth and consistently demonstrated outstanding work for their clients.”

The firm has also welcomed a new member of staff with the appointment of John Davies.

John started his career in accountancy in 2001, initially working in industry before moving into practice in 2003. He is qualified as a chartered certified accountant and based in the firm’s Widnes office, John has specialist knowledge of auditing, accounting and taxation procedures and also provides cloud software support and training. He manages a varied portfolio of clients, ranging from sole traders and partnerships to small and medium sized enterprises. John has experience of advising businesses across a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, property, construction, transport and logistics, hotel and leisure and academies.

Commenting on John’s appointment, Paul added: “John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and will play a key role in delivering audit and accounts services to our client base in Widnes.”

Managing partner completes 200 mile challenge in aid of scout group

In June Paul Wainwright, managing partner of Mitchell Charlesworth, ran and cycled 200 miles over four days in aid of the 1st Great Sutton Scout Group, based in South Wirral.

Paul, who lives in Little Sutton and is the ex-chair of the scout group, ran 15 miles and cycled 35 miles per day, for four consecutive days, from Chester Racecourse to the Millennium Dome in London.

He was joined by family, friends and colleagues who supported him at various stages of the challenge.

Paul raised over £1,800 for the scout group, which will go towards the fit out costs of their new HQ.

Commenting on his ambitious challenge, Paul said: “I have now pretty much recovered from my 200 mile trip which was nearly a challenge too far but thankfully, despite four of the hottest days of the year, we made it!

“Thanks to everybody who has sponsored me and those who ran and cycled with me during the four days. Thanks also to Janice and Steph, the back-up logistics team.

“We are really looking forward to the start of the build now and taking occupation of the new HQ in 2020.”


Strength in Numbers Autumn 2019