In 2009, Kingsmen’s incumbent accountant was fulfilling most, but not all of their needs. As the company grew, it became clear they needed an accountancy firm with an excellent knowledge of their accounting software to help them improve reporting and processes. They needed a Sage ninja!
The Kingsmen team chose Goringe Accountants – specialist accountants for construction companies – because of the hands-on nature of Nicky Goringe Larkin’s approach and ability to ‘hit the ground running’ with existing systems. Even though they were in the midst of the recession, Kingsmen wanted a firm to help with their growth plans — and one who would grow with them so they could work together in years to come.
Chloe is responsible for the financial side of the business. She wanted support from an accountant who was always on hand — at the end of the phone, answering emails and visiting regularly — and someone who could advise her on her responsibilities as a director and company secretary.
When we were first appointed, Kingsmen was our only building and construction client,
So I had to get up to speed very quickly with all the issues affecting that sector. At the beginning, I spent lots of time with them getting to know their industry, their business, their challenges and them as people.
It’s great to have Nicky on our team,
We’re a similar age and both have young children, so things are really friendly. We’re very open with each other. I know I can communicate frankly about our issues without being judged. In the building and construction industry there are very slim margins and cash flow can be a challenge. Nicky is always on hand with practical, pragmatic advice and solutions.
We’ve continued to grow sustainably throughout the recession, which is partly due to Nicky’s understanding of economic conditions and her support — especially with Sage systems and analysis. She’s very innovative with the different options she proposes we explore. Being clear on the economics of our situation has helped us focus on our unique value in the market. We know what sorts of projects we excel at and which markets we want to work in.
Implementing robust business and accounting processes has helped Chloe produce cash flow projections, which help keep costs down.