Business GrowthNicky Goringe Larkin and the team at Goringe Accountants are known for their boundless energy when it comes to helping their clients’ businesses grow—but what about their own growth?

Government-backed business growth scheme, GrowthAccelerator, is ‘a unique service led by some of the country’s most successful growth specialists’. Its website promises to ‘get to the heart of the barriers that are holding your business back and help you identify the critical steps you need to take to achieve your next phase of growth—rapidly and sustainably.’

Goringe Accountants Founder-Director, Nicky Goringe Larkin, comments:

The quality and care we deliver to our clients is an immense source of pride. Back in the summer of 2013 I’d set myself three objectives: to maintain that quality and care, whilst growing sustainably and optimising profit.

Not long after that I received an email from GrowthAccelerator Coach, Heather Townsend, entitled, ‘How To Become A Partner, But Still Have A Life.’ That headline immediately grabbed my attention because I set up my business so that I could balance a career with starting a family. It prompted me to click through and find out how GrowthAccelerator could work for Goringe Accountants.

After meeting Heather, Nicky signed up for a business MOT and quickly plunged into the full year’s programme, which is designed to help businesses achieve their full potential.

Heather specialises solely in accountancy and solicitors’ practices, so is able to offer valuable insight and innovation when it comes to advising Nicky and her team. She and fellow GrowthAccelerator Coach, Jon Baker, have experience in a broad range of practices, from the very small to the Big Four.

Nicky adds:

They quickly helped me to understand where our strengths lie and where we have opportunity for improvement. My background is in corporate, which is brilliant in terms of my understanding what my clients are going through, but I don’t have experience of working within another practice, so I rely on Heather and Jon to guide me.

Instilling the company culture throughout the team is a current focus.

Nicky adds:

As we’ve grown I’ve had to step back a bit, but it’s crucial to our growth that the ‘Goringe-Accountants-way-of-doing-things’ is maintained, because it’s one of the things our clients love about us.

What does a GrowthAccelerator programme entail? For Goringe Accountants it involves two different streams:

  1. Strategy & Planning for Nicky and
  2. Leadership & Management for her and the wider team.

They have so far participated in two half-day intensive sessions, covering change management and sales. The latter of which is crucial to a medium-sized practice as account managers get involved in all stages of a new relationship from the initial enquiry