St. Austell Business Park
In late 2009, I had a light bulb moment. After almost 20 years of working in the financial services sector in London, I decided that I needed to escape to Cornwall and become my own boss. With 14 years of post qualification experience, it was obvious to me that I would set up an accountancy business focused on hard working individuals and small businesses – I wanted to provide a service that people needed.
A few months later, after convincing my wife Lorraine that it was a great idea, we had moved ourselves and our three young children down to Cornwall, purchased a house and identified a small accountancy business to purchase in Bude. It had been a busy few months!
In 2011, I opened the practice in Fowey and focused on word of mouth growth. The business grew quickly, so quickly, that in 2012 I took the most important decision for my business – hiring my business partners.
Firstly, Simon Prior joined as Tax Partner in July 2012. Simon had a fantastic wealth of tax advisory experience, with individuals and corporations, primarily gained at Francis Clark. It was a fantastic opportunity to bring experience into the business that would differentiate us from the competition.
We were then joined, in November 2012, by Claire Chambers, our Accounts Partner, bringing a wealth of big 4 and local practice experience. Again, it was another opportunity to bring knowledge into the business that would be able to set us apart from other practices.
In April 2013 we established our brand, Crest Accountants. The brand name reflects what many people experience when they set up in business or take on a difficult new challenge – they ride the “Crest of a Wave”. We find those challenges exciting and it is our aim to help individuals and businesses to ride their wave and make the most of that journey.
In October 2013, we jumped on another wave for ourselves by opening our new Head Office at St Austell Business Park – we don’t like to stand still!
As a partnership of three, we believe we have an excellent array of skills and experience to help our clients. From business start-up, to accounting, to tax planning, to business planning, to business financing, to business structuring, we have the benefit of our experiences to share with our clients.
To ensure that we can provide the range of services required for our clients, we have hired an excellent team covering the three offices. You can meet the team for yourself on the website or, even better, come in to see them at one of our offices. We believe we have a great team, with the right mix of qualified accountants and trainees, who care about their clients; and with the friendly personalities that are so often missing from your typical accountancy offices.
I hope this gives you some good background on us as a team and a business. Find out more about our services on the website or, preferably, come and see us at one of our offices in St Austell, Fowey or Bude.
We look forward to working with you.
Phil, Simon, Claire