JUST two years after opening for business, Peterborough accountancy firm Winham Hughes is expanding. Four members of staff have now joined partners Sally Winham and Paul Hughes and the growing workforce has prompted a move to new premises.
Sally and Paul took what they describe as a ‘calculated risk’ starting the company in 2009, when the country was in the depths of recession. It was a risk that paid off. Their client list has more than doubled and, by taking on new members of staff, they have been able to extend their services.
Becky Thrift has joined the business providing additional services such as on-site payroll and day-to-day bookkeeping.
“For some of our smaller clients, Becky has become their accounts department, working in their offices for a spell each week,” said Sally. “That kind of flexibility has been key to our success. As a small firm, certainly when we were starting up, we have been able to design our processes around our clients.”
Sally and Paul have also been joined by trainee – Tori Bradshaw – who splits her time between college and Winham Hughes’ new office in Forder Way, Cygnet Park, Hampton. There is also further help from support staff.
The new premises has extra storage areas and two meeting rooms – both of which are available for Winham Hughes’ clients to utilise.
“This is an exciting move for us and will open up new opportunities both now and in the future,” said Sally. “As well as ensuring we continue to deliver the high level of service our clients expect, we will be able to offer additional services and look at further expansion.”
The company has also increased community involvement, being involved in the sponsorship of Peterborough Regional College’s annual awards and organising its first seminar, in conjunction with other professionals.