Blackpool accountancy continues to grow

Blackpool-based South Shore Accountants has increased to a team of five and is set to further expand its office space following a successful period of growth.

The business, launched as a kitchen-table operation in 2013 by Mark Crampton, is now based within Blackpool Enterprise Centre.

The premises are operated by Blackpool Council and offer office space for local businesses and advice services for new start-ups and more established businesses.

After taking advantage of the advice and networking opportunities, Mark soon took on his first apprentice and a second has now joined. Mark also met another accountant who was based in the building, who mentioned he was planning to retire. He had 70 clients, and South Shore Accountants took on 92 per cent of them.

The new clients brought more recommendations, and South Shore Accountants now provides a full suite of accountancy services helping local businesses and wider UK companies ranging from hoteliers, hair-dressers, taxi/uber drivers, tradespeople, store owners and digital companies, to petrol stations. Services include tax investigations, payroll and more.

Now running a team of five, Mark has upsized the office again. He’s contemplating taking on a second within the Enterprise Centre.

Cllr Mark Smith, Blackpool Council, Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Job Creation, commented: “It is such good news to hear that a business which is based at the Blackpool Enterprise Centre is doing so well. Mark’s success is a great example of the way the centre supports its tenants.

“It is not purely a business office space. Our advisors can support companies start up, get established and grow.”

Mark said: "One of the best things about the centre no matter what size your company is the way they bring the people within the businesses together at networking sessions and seminars. It gives you a chance to find out more about the people based in the building and help establish business links.

"I really believe that, without being in this environment, our success wouldn't have happened so quickly.”

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