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Like one of the family

THE small family-run practice of A.J. Lewis, which has been operating from offices in Blisworth for over 40 years, continues to offer a personal service to clients of all sizes.

Clients from sole traders to larger companies, often family-run, turn to the team for financial advice. Senior partner Alan Lewis said: “We do not have any major specialisation but represent clients from all aspects of business. We consider it important to know the client’s business and their future plans and aims. We give advice on tax, finance, VAT and also assistance in planning to pass down wealth to the younger generation.”

This versatility appeals to clients looking for accountants with the ability to look not only after end-of-year-accounts but financial affairs affecting the client’s family and their future.

Alan set up the practice in 1976 and, after going it alone for a time, he was joined in the business by his wife Mary. The steady growth of the practice meant further recruitment and Juliette Parish was the next to join and she has been with the team for 19 years.

Nowadays, the six-strong team includes Alan and Mary’s son Gavin, a Chartered Accountant, who joined on his return from overseas travels in 2002. Gavin’s wife Audrey keeps the firm up to date with the demands of auto enrolment and payroll.

Jacqui Manning became the firm’s newest recruit and is now a qualified Certified Accountant. She is well versed in Xero, which is increasingly becoming the go-to software for smaller businesses. She has been particularly helpful in assisting clients comply with the new Making Tax Digital (MTD) requirements for VAT.

Between them, the team can offer a full range of services including audit, accountancy and taxation.

Alan said: “I believe clients appreciate how the team is able to meet their different needs. Some of the new and younger clients tend to want to work with Gavin. In the meantime, Mary and I still have clients who started as self-employed individuals and over the years have grown their business.”

The accountancy firm is based in Blisworth, between Northampton and Towcester. Call 01604 878959, email or see the website at www.pandloss.com

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