360 CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS
One company Peacock Finance has worked with for a number of years now is 360 Chartered Accountants, an accountancy firm with offices in Hull and Withernsea. It’s always a pleasure to work with like-minded organisations and 360 is no exception – we have a mutual respect for each other, stemming from our shared commitment to delivering the highest level of professionalism to our clients and business partners.
Here we talk to chartered accountant and business owner Andy Steele, who founded 360 in early 2010.
Taking accountancy into the digital age
You can forget any notions of old-fashioned accountants fixated on figures and paperwork, 360 Chartered Accountants are bang up to date when it comes to processes, systems and their approach to customer service.
“We pride ourselves on staying at the forefront of digital developments,” said Andy. “We were the first local independent accountancy firm to produce our own app, we have an online portal and use the Cloud, all of which makes sure we keep pace with our clients’ needs and expectations.”
But it’s not just technology that sets 360 apart, they offer a fully rounded and genuinely personal service to support their clients with many different aspects of their business, not just the numbers. The team is geared up to help with traditional necessities such as tax and accounts and audit, but also has expertise in broader business mentoring.
“We can support businesses of any size, from sole traders to large multi-million-pound organisations, locally and nationally,” Andy added. “We focus on building a solid relationship with our clients, whatever their size, so they feel we are almost part of their own business and really understand their ambitions and can advise them accordingly.”
Support with starting out
Andy and his colleagues have a real insight into start-up businesses, having been through the process themselves. He said: “I understand the challenges involved in setting up your own business, and the worries that keep you awake at night. We can act as a mentor through that process of turning your dream into a reality.”
Word-of-mouth recommendations from satisfied clients have helped establish 360 as one of the regional leaders in its sector, and after a period of growth the team are now looking forward to moving into new offices close to their current premises in Albion Street, central Hull, later this year.
“We are a young firm with a talented team of staff, we will be around for many years to come and look forward to providing accountancy and business support to our existing clients as well as new ones well into the future,” said Andy.
“Working with Darren at Peacock Finance is a bit like having our own in-house financial director!” Andy joked. “He has helped us as a growing business when we’ve needed to invest in assets, he knows 360 inside out and we can rely on him to contribute valuable advice under tight timescales. It feels as if he’s a member of our extended team and we really appreciate his input.”
It’s not just 360 which benefits from Peacock Finance’s expertise, as I also work with some of the accountancy company’s clients. “Darren works closely with our corporate finance department, helping businesses that are seeking funding,” Andy explained. “Since the credit crunch it’s become harder for businesses to borrow from banks and it’s essential to have an expert like Darren on hand to negotiate lending. You can always trust him to apply due diligence and give honest feedback, he is a true professional and I always have full confidence in recommending him to our clients.”
For my part, I enjoy an excellent working relationship with Andy and the 360 team, and I regularly recommend their services to my own clients. Integrity is a hugely important quality when it comes to dealing with finances and it is something both our companies demonstrate in everything they do.