Grant-jones Accountancy

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Grant-jones Accountancy's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Grant-jones Accountancy is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett, MP
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles, MP

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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
20 | GRANT-JONES ACCOUNTANCY
Fiona Grant-Jones, Owner
Founded in 2006 and based in Camberley, Surrey, Grant-
Jones Accountancy are a firm providing tax advice, business
support, business growth advice and accountancy services. As
a company, though, they believe accountancy is about so much
more than merely the numbers. As a profession, they believe
they have the opportunity and the obligation to make a positive
contribution to businesses and their owners, to the economy
and to the wider world. Elaborating on this is the following
article authored by the firm’s owner, Fiona Grant-Jones.
As a profession, accountancy is traditionally seen as being “just bean counting”.
To a lot of people it is a bit dull and a necessary evil. They view their accountant as
a commodity rather than a service: necessary but, as long as they do the job and
aren’t too expensive, one accountant is much like another. Others see advances in
technology (cloud accounting software and initiatives such as Making Tax Digital)
and question whether they need an accountant at all.
By taking this view, however, many businesses, especially SMEs, are failing to
benefit from the depth and breadth of expertise their accountant has to offer.
Accountants should make a difference. They need to understand the pain
entrepreneurs feel, and offer real, tangible and practical solutions to address it.
That is what I have set out to do with Grant-Jones Accountancy.
A wealth of experience to help clients create a legacy
Grant-Jones Accountancy were formed in 2006 and, like most of our clients, we
are
an SME. We have gone through the same struggles we see our clients experience.
We know first hand what it can feel like to be the small fish in the big pond.
Everyone in Grant-Jones Accountancy has the advantage of a wide range of experience
and training. Take me, for example. I am a qualified accountant, of course, but I started
my career in industry. That is where I was trained, and where I had the opportunity to
build a wide range of other skills. I’ve worked in global multi-nationals and travelled all
over the world. I’ve seen both operational accounting and audit. I’ve been a consultant
and project manager in addition to being in management and financial accounting.
Now, as a chartered management accountant and chartered tax adviser, I work with
a wide range of clients: from private individuals to medium-sized businesses (anything
up to 1,000 employees) and from start-ups to businesses of over 100 years’ standing.
My skill-set is by no means unusual in my team. With our combined experience we
can offer a more comprehensive commercial solution to entrepreneurs, so they can
overcome any challenges, achieve their goals, make their mark on the world and
create an inheritance for their families. That is, after all, what most of us go into
business for in the first place: to leave a legacy.
AT A GLANCE
GRANT-JONES ACCOUNTANCY
»Owner: Fiona Grant-Jones
»Founded in 2006
»Based in Camberley, Surrey
»Service: Accountancy, tax
advisory services, business
support services and business
growth advice
»No. of employees: 4
»Featured in
The Business
Owner’s Guide To The UK’s
Best Accountancy Practices
in
2017
»B1G1 Business for Good
co.uk
Grant-Jones
Accountancy
21GRANT-JONES ACCOUNTANCY |
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
Believing in businesses so they
can realise their dreams
I passionately believe in businesses.
I see them as good for the economy
(local, national and global), good
for the communities in which they
are based, good for those who run
them and work in them and good for
theirfamilies.
Growing my own business has told me
how satisfying it can be. I know that I
am creating something of meaning for
my own family and giving employment
and opportunities to my team. That is
why I am so determined that we do
more than “run the numbers” for our
clients. I believe our role for clients
is more than ensuring compliance
with the rules and paying the right
amount of tax. I want to see them
thrive – to get the same joy in seeing
their business grow as they realise
their dreams and secure a future for
theirfamilies.
Doing more for businesses by
helping them grow
We are now positioning Grant-Jones
as “not your average accountant” by
offering a range of business growth
services for all types of business. By
using the collective experience of
the team and by making strategic
alliances with other like-minded
accountants and tax advisers, we can
now offer benchmarking information,
performance improvement advice,
decision support tools and personal
and business tax planning.
It has been exhilarating to see the
impact we’re having. In the last few
weeks, we’ve saved our biggest
client £600,000 and one of our sole
traders £5,000. In both cases, that is a
significant sum for them and will make
a big difference for their businesses.
Our desire to do good goes deeper too.
Helping businesses isn’t enough.We
want to make an impact on the world.
A business for good – changing
the world one impact at a time
In industry, the idea of corporate
social responsibility isn’t new. For
small businesses, however, it seems
unaffordable. How can you make a
meaningful difference to the most
disadvantaged when you are building a
business from the bottom up?
That is why Grant-Jones Accountancy
became a B1G1 Business for Good
in 2017. The idea is simple. B1G1
co-ordinate small donations from
businesses all around the world and
pass them to 500 carefully screened
projects that contribute to the United
Nations Sustainable Development
Goals. These small donations – which
may provide pens and books for a child
to give them an education, or seeds
and tools to a farmer to feed his family
– they call “impacts”. To date, they
have made 143 billion of them.
We link business services to these
impacts – we give an impact for every
set out accounts, every tax return
and every business review – and, as
a result, it differentiates what we do
from “the rest”. So far, we have made
over 18,000 impacts, which means
clean water for families, literacy for
children and food for everyone.
Not your average accountant
There is an exciting future ahead for
Grant-Jones Accountancy. We are
expanding – with all the pleasures and
challenges that brings – and now we
have set a new target to help clients
and also those most in need. Our aim
is to put an additional £1 million in
my clients’ bank accounts and make
one million impacts on the world –
an initiative we call Get and Give a
Million. Through this and through
everything we do at Grant-Jones we
want to spread the message that
accountants can and should domore.
Helping small
businesses to thrive
So far, we have
made over
18,000 impacts,
which means
clean water for
families, literacy
for children and
food for
everyone

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The Parliamentary Review Publication, in which this article originally appeared, contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister