Meet the people behind Bells Accountants – the people who allow us to stand out from the crowd and offer an exemplary service to every single customer.
I take ultimate responsibility for everything that happens at Bells Accountants, from business development to client care. I go out to meet new and existing clients, organise seminars and education sessions, and run networking and mastermind events. I also offer a VIP programme, where I provide business consultancy services in addition to our usual accountancy services.
I left school at 18 and went straight into an accountancy practice as an office junior. I moved up the ranks, moved to a different firm five years later and then eventually went out on my own. I am now a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. The best thing about being in this industry is meeting other business owners, learning about their journey, and becoming a part of their business success.
Bells Accountants takes up the majority of my time, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There are so many crossovers between business and personal life and many of the people I know through networking and various industry events have become firm friends as well. I’m very staff focused so I am always available for my team, whether they want to talk about business or chat over a cup of tea.
Practice and Client Manager
As practice manager I generally oversee the Chislehurst branch, including the members of staff who work here. I also take responsibility for preparing and reviewing company accounts and tax returns and preparing personal tax returns. I enjoy the variety of working with clients as well as with the rest of the team. I’d say there’s no such thing as a typical day in this industry, you have to be willing to go with the flow.
I completed an Accountancy degree in 1992, and I am Association of Chartered Accountants qualified as well. I worked for several accountancy firms after completing my degree, including a Top 10 practice in London. I joined Bells in 2014 and I never intend to leave!
Outside of work you might find me at the theatre or attending a Pilates class. I also love pottery – look around next time you’re in the office, you might just spot one or two of my artworks.
I manage the bookkeeping department, dealing with clients’ VAT and producing their management accounts. I work closely with clients, making sure all queries are answered, so if there’s anything you want to know about bookkeeping, please do ask.
I started out as an accounts assistant in 2012, where I gained my accountancy qualification and progressed to become a financial reporting manager. I love working within such a friendly team and we all look after each other – we often take it in turns to cook lunch for everyone. We’ve enjoyed some lovely curries, chillies, cottage pies…and the occasional takeaway pizza! (Don’t worry team, I’m not naming any names.)
When I’m not in the office I often enjoy coffee with my mum, Prosecco with my friends, and family days out with my husband and children. I love going to the gym – mainly the steam room and relaxation area.
My main duties at Bells include managing a portfolio of clients, preparing company accounts, corporation tax returns, CIS returns, personal tax returns and liaising with HMRC. My role is very varied, but one thing always stays the same – a good cup of coffee to start the morning!
I am qualified with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Association of Accounting Technicians. I started working at Bells after an opportunity for a new accountant opened up within the company. I had actually met Joanne Bell before I even became qualified and was working as a junior accounts clerk! It’s a great role for me, and I love helping clients to grow a successful business.
Outside of work I enjoy going to the theatre and cinema or having a few drinks with friends.
Bookkeeper, Chislehurst Practice
It is my responsibility to make sure clients’ bookkeeping is kept up to date and accurate, working with close attention to detail. My days generally run along the lines of coffee, input, input, coffee, delete, input, edit, input… coffee forms an important part of the daily routine at Bells!
I came into accounts straight from college, and started working in central London within the insurance industry. I then came to work for Bells in 2014. I love working with clients from many different trades, it always keeps things interesting. I have a great team around me as well, despite the fact that they borrow all my blue biros. I’ve taken to putting red caps on them, as nobody ever wants a red pen – you’re welcome to borrow that tip if you like!
When I’m not in the office, you’ll probably find me spending time with my dogs. I’m a dog fanatic! If I’m not out training with my hounds, I will probably have my head in a book about canine behaviour.