Our Rugby office is 10 years old this month and we couldn’t be prouder of what has been achieved in that time.
Let’s celebrate the branch…
A History of Cottons Rugby
In 2008, Cottons’ Partner, Mark Palmer who joined the firm originally in 1998 and made Partner in 2001, opened the doors to our Rugby branch in the town’s Albert Street.
Mark’s Rugby branch started out as a team of 6. They had the desire to understand the needs of local businesses and the impact that operating in and around Rugby had on them, all to ensure they could develop an effective accounting practice. Mark achieved this and nowadays the Rugby office has active links with the local business community; connections which are of utmost importance when it comes to how they manage and assist clients in the local area.
Since those early days the team has grown significantly. The branch now has 27 members and is led not only by Mark but also by fellow Partner, Dave Ingram and soon to be Partner, Emma Reid, both of whom have been with Cottons for the majority of their careers.
To support their growth, 2013 saw the move into Chestnut Field House, together with the Cottons Corporate Finance and Cottons Cloud Accounting teams.
Local Support for Local Businesses
In 2017 Rugby town was recorded as significantly ahead of national growth in that year’s Economic Overview, it also featured in the top 20 towns to live in the latest Halifax Quality of Life Study. The Rugby branch’s base in the heart of the town allows the team to keep their eye on business life as it continues to flourish.
Many of the Rugby team, including partner Dave Ingram, were brought up in Rugby and have lived there for their entire lives. This means that they are in a great position when it comes to advising business owners or entrepreneurs who would like to start or scale up in the area due to their true understanding of the local economic area.
The team in Rugby are set up to not only to manage tax and accounting for local businesses but also to help them navigate their growth too.
Lorraine Findley, Director, A J Steel Services Limited, says of their service,
“During a period of phenomenal growth, Cottons has worked alongside us to ensure we fully understood the implications of our strategic options. This invaluable external insight, coupled with cashflow forecasting, has given A J Steel Services the confidence to grow along with the ability to plan ahead knowing we have the financial infrastructure in place to support our growth.”
In addition, the branch maintains their passion for the local area by taking part in local initiatives. James Melvin, who was brought up in Rugby, regularly goes back to his old school, Lawrence Sherriff Grammar to offer career advice and support to current pupils.
The branch also actively supports local sports clubs, something that is engrained into the Rugby culture, but many of “the Rugby team”, are keen sports men and women themselves, including Both Dave Ingram and Mark Palmer, who have featured in the sporting history of Rugby.
Dave, having been brought up in Rugby, played for Rugby Town Football Club (Valley Sports) and was part of the team that beat Halesowen 1-0 to lift the F.A. Vase on 30 April 1983 at Wembley Stadium.
Extending beyond ball sports, Annette Parker, one of Rugby’s qualified accountants, competed in Crufts last month with her Border Collie called Maze, who qualified to take part after competing against hundreds of the other best dogs in the country throughout 2017. Their next big competition takes place in the Netherlands where they are representing England.
Furthermore, Emilia Walker, one of Rugby’s AAT trainees, is currently hard at work training for the British National Synchronised Swimming Championship taking place on the 21st and 22nd April. Her most recent competition was in December 2017 at the British National Age Groups in Gloucester, where her team finished in 4th place. Emilia and her team came 1st, scoring the highest score in whole competition in the Swim England Combo Cup in Manchester last year.
The Rugby branch’s team has quadrupled in size over the past ten years but it’s showing no signs of slowing; in recent months alone they have said hello to seven new faces!
The team are continuing to grow and add to their capabilities. As mentioned they house the Cottons Cloud Accounting Team led by Lucy Clayton; Kirby Taylor and Mike Jefferson have joined her team this year.
These extra hands and new resources all leave Cottons Rugby looking forward to the next 10 years. They are well equipped to grow and assist their clients with Making Tax Digital and their transition to the cloud.
Mark Palmer says,
“We have really enjoyed working in Rugby over the past 10 years and building relationships with our clients and other businesses, we think the future of the town looks very positive and our aim is to continue to support the growth.”
Cottons are looking forward to seeing what Rugby can achieve in the future.
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