Photo: Tracey North from NatWest (left) with David Taylor and Katharine Thompson from Stubbs Parkin.
Southport-based accountancy firm Stubbs Parkin now has a permanent home with help from NatWest.
The family-run firm has rented a base in London Street for many years but has just completed the purchase of a much bigger office just around the corner on Houghton Street.
With a growing client base and expanding team of 18, directors David Taylor and Katharine Thompson started looking for a new office four years ago and finally found the perfect location with ground floor frontage, parking and easy access.
She then approached Tracey North, relationship manager at NatWest for a commercial mortgage that would enable Stubbs Parkin, formerly known as Stubbs Parkin Taylor & co, to buy the office.
Katharine said: “We’re now gold partners with the online accounting software firm Xero so we are expanding our bookkeeping department so small firms can outsource their bookkeeping to us.
“Feedback from clients has been excellent so far and this is the dream location. Not only is it so much more impressive with more space and a separate boardroom but it’s got parking for clients, so people can come in and say hello without having to dash off again. When people come in and bring their books, we now have more time to get to know them better and create a relationship.
“Hopefully it will enable us to increase turnover and help us to grow as we are more visible to passing trade on the high street.
“The plan is now to use the space to deliver such things as Xero training and drop-in sessions and presentations. We’re also hoping to build the team and are currently recruiting for one additional bookkeeper and a receptionist.
“NatWest has been very helpful and Tracey has been excellent. She’s taken the time to get to know our requirements and has been on hand every step of the way.”
Tracey North from NatWest added: “We are always delighted to work with local firms such as Stubbs Parkin and we have already seen the positive impact that the move has had on their services.”
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