Whiting and Partners
Whiting & Partners is proud to support the Business of the Year category
Among the most familiar and respected names in the area’s business circles, Whiting & Partners was founded in 1928 by Walter Whiting, who spotted an opportunity to meet the demands of the area’s thriving farming communities. Over 80-years on and this independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers is still firmly rooted in East Anglia with 15 partners and nearly 150 staff in eight key locations, including its local base within the thriving Angel Drove Business Park.
“We’re delighted to be involved with the Ely Business Awards,” says partner Ian Piper from Whiting’s Ely office. “Everyone is working hard to trade out of the previous flat 5 years of recession. Across Fenland we have some long-established businesses plus a raft of exciting entrepreneurial start-ups and they are meeting those challenges. The Business Awards allow a comparison of the old against the new and it’s amazing just how much they learn from each other.”
Barbara Nicholas, private client tax partner at the Ely office, specialises in looking after the firm’s personal tax, trust and payroll clients. “Our investment in experienced staff and technology enables us to deal with virtually every aspect of personal taxes, regardless of size or complexity, at competitive fee levels”, she commented. “We offer both compliance and tax planning services. We are not just form fillers – always looking to identity tax planning opportunities that can make all the difference to spendable income levels as a standard part of our service.”
Agricultural clients still constitute a significant proportion of Whiting’s client base. However, just as commercial activities have developed and expanded over time, the firm has expanded its commercial portfolio to include manufacturing, service sector and technology-based enterprises. The firm is also a leader in the tax and financial affairs of the construction and consultancy sectors. It also acts as accountants and advisers to a number of clubs and charities. There is also a growing list of private tax clients, dealing with income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax.
The Ely offices of Whiting & Partners is based in newly refurbished modern offices. Barbara and Ian head up a team of around 25 professional and administrative staff, who look after nearly 1,000 business, personal and not for profit clients.
Whiting & Partners is genuinely ‘partner-led’, a unique selling point, says Ian Piper, “Our first exploratory conversation with a new client is free. From then on, the main client relationship will be with one of our partners, with a nominated qualified manager also available to provide a second point of contact. We believe in getting to know our clients from the beginning, helping them to expand and become successful.”
Whiting & Partners is a member of the Corporate Finance Network, a leading national network that provides the SME-specific expertise required for deals of up to £5m. Over the past few years there has been an increased demand from clients requiring guidance in relation to business acquisitions and disposals.
For further information please visit: www.whitingandpartners.co.uk