Accountancy firm shares its skills with the community

A CHESTER accountancy firm has been busy sharing its knowledge with future business owners.

Senior accountant Alison Howell and PR & marketing manager Natalie Tomlinson from Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers held a ‘SkillShare’ training session organised by Chester Voluntary Action.

Chester Voluntary Action is a well-established umbrella organisation for charities and social enterprises in Cheshire West.

The organisation delivers a range of support services to members, as well as delivering bespoke projects including Cheshire Enterprising Women; a one year project funded by NatWest/RBS Skills & Opportunities Fund.

The project, which has engaged with over 150 women to date, aims to support women with a community business idea or in the first stages of setting up in business or enterprise.

The session, held at INDUSTRY, Handbridge, on Wednesday November 7, focused on accounting for start-ups and covered topics including accounting dates, VAT, accountancy software and expenses.

“Starting a business can be extremely daunting, so when I was asked to give advice I was only too happy to help,” said Alison, who has worked at the Chester based accountants for the past 14 years.

“The session went really well and I hope I have given the ladies a helping hand for their journey ahead, I wish them every success for the future.”

Joanne Stanton, Development Officer at Chester Voluntary Action said: “Alison and Natalie made everyone feel very welcome and pitched the session perfectly as the women who attended were still in the early stages of starting up in business; they are definitely the friendly faces of accounting and made the whole process seem less daunting and mystifying to beginners.

“Alison encouraged everyone to ask questions and everyone pitched in with comments, we look forward to working with Ellis & Co in the future.”