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- Ian Thompson (FCA)Partner - AmblesideIan Thompson (FCA)Partner - Ambleside
“We combine the professionalism of a regional practice with the flexibility and friendliness of a local firm…”
Ian has been with the firm since 1991 years and is based in the Ambleside office. He works with a wide range of clients from small startups through to well-established businesses with a significant workforce.
He believes in listening to the client so he can advise on the best possible course of action that will give the client exactly what they need.
Ian says: “We’re here to help and advise our clients, it’s not all about number crunching. We encourage our clients, and indeed any business owner to call us before making any major restructuring or financial decisions. We can often help save you time and money.”
Ian describes himself as a people person. He welcomes the latest innovations that help make accountancy services more efficient, but firmly believes that technology will never replace the value of strong client relationships.
- Stuart Farrer (FCA DChA)Partner - CarlisleStuart Farrer (FCA DChA)Partner - Carlisle
“I love that no two days are ever the same…”
Stuart has been part of Saint & Co since 1990 and is a well-known personality in the local business community. He values the time he spends meeting clients and advising them on their business finances.
His work focuses on tax advice, and audit work. He’s also a specialist on charities and cloud accounting.
Stuart says: “I get to meet a large variety of clients from large audit clients through to sole traders and start-ups. I like to spend time getting to know them and their businesses very well. My job is interesting every day.”
Stuart is a keen cricket player and passionate music lover. He has a hankering to one day learn the piano or guitar so he can play music instead of just listening to it. He’s a family man with two young children.
- Darren Little (ACA)Partner - AmblesideDarren Little (ACA)Partner - Ambleside
“If you benchmark the financials in your business, it helps you compare your costs to similar businesses in your sector.”
Darren has been with Saint & Co since 2003. He is an audit manager who works with a wide range of clients, but has a significant amount of experience in working with Academies.
He guides and supports his clients through the audit process to make it as painless as possible. While Academies form a large part of his portfolio, he also has many clients in other sectors and relishes the diversity in size and variety of his client base.
Darren says: “Auditing can be a daunting process. We do our best to make it straightforward for our clients. People come to us because we’re friendly and easy to talk to. Remember, we maybe auditing your business, but we’re always on your side.”
Darren is a keen runner, who has recently ventured into triathlons. His favourite technology ‘toy’ is his Garmin Forerunner, which is essential to keep track of his sporting activities.
- Sophie Graham (ACA DChA)Senior ManagerSophie Graham (ACA DChA)Senior Manager
“We’re always looking for ways to help our clients run their organisations more efficiently. Time saved could lead to additional revenue.”
Sophie joined Saint & Co in 2003 and is a Senior and Audit Manager with the firm. She carries out audits for Limited Companies, Charities, Academies and professional services firms such as solicitors.
Sophie says: “The best part of my work is getting out and about and meeting various clients and their staff. No two days are ever the same.”
Sophie spends most of her time outside work looking after her daughter, Freya, and son, James. However, when she gets time to herself, she likes to relax by baking.
- Clare Garrison (ACA)Senior ManagerClare Garrison (ACA)Senior Manager
“Think ahead and try to think about how your revenue streams will change in the future.”
Clare joined Saint & Co in January 2009. She works with Charities, Academies and Industrial Companies around Cumbria and South West Scotland. Her role involves helping organisations fulfill their statutory audit requirements and ensure they have the internal controls relevant for their business.
Clare says: “Our goal is to help our clients succeed. We do this by helping clients understand their financial situation so they can make better informed decisions about their future.”
Clare is a keen walker, and is often found walking the Lake District fells with her partner and dog.
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