Jones Harris was established in 1972 by Charles Bryning and Alan Newbold. They founded the company in Fleetwood, where we still have our registered office today. We also have staff and directors working out of Preston, Garstang, Lytham and several other parts of Lancashire, and our growing client base reflects this geographical spread.
History and company philosophy
When Charles and Alan first decided to launch the business, they did so with some key aspirations in mind. They wanted to create an accountancy firm that offered far better customer service than its competitors, and one that would really make an active contribution to its clients’ strategies and successes.
These aspirations became the basis of the company philosophy, which is all about putting your needs, plans and convenience first. That’s why we have always set out to offer as ‘standard’ what other accounts advertise as ‘special’. For example, all customers can count on unlimited free advice; we’ll offer a face-to-face financial review meeting every year; and you can be sure that we’ll always be looking out for new opportunities to save you money on your tax bills and operating costs.
Not only that, but we go the extra mile to do more. Our directors’ time, for example, is never ‘on the clock’. Customers can ask for input and advice whenever they wish, and at no extra charge. We also put our training and board rooms freely at the disposal of our clients, and we offer free benchmarking support to help you identify opportunities to improve your performance and enhance your profitability.
This ‘customer first’ philosophy has proven very popular over the years. It has seen us grow to become the largest independent accountancy firm on the Fylde Coast and one of the region’s premier practices. We have thousands of SME business clients across Lancashire and their numbers continue to grow steadily.
Award: Accountancy Firm of the Year
In Fleetwood and the Fylde, Jones Harris has long been recognised as a practice with a reputation for credibility and excellent value. However, in recent years, word has spread well beyond our traditional Fylde stronghold as clients have come to appreciate the truly distinctive service we offer.
In 2014, our commitment was formally recognised in the North West Finance Awards, where we took the title of Accountancy Firm of the Year. Lloyds Bank submitted our nomination in the ‘firms with up to five partners’ category, and a panel of nine judges assessed us against a variety of criteria including:
- Innovative approaches to business generation and retention
- Working with clients to improve their business performance
- Going beyond the norm to exceed expectations
- Adding value to the wider financial community
- Training and development of staff
Despite well over a hundred submissions from practices across the whole of the North West, we were ultimately named the winner by a unanimous decision. Judges commented that: “This practice has worked hard over a period of years to adapt their systems to suit their clients’ needs first and foremost.”
Jones Harris today
For more than 40 years, now, we’ve been steadily building our expertise and improving our systems – always looking to do more to help. What that means for you is that we can apply all our skills, experience and resources to finding new way of making your business stronger.
If you’d like to find out how we can help you and your business to achieve more, please get in touch.
- A personal, dedicated contact
- Free strategic advice on growth and profitability
- Free, unlimited telephone / email support
- Proactive tax advice and analysis
- Profitability checks via competitor benchmarking
- A steady flow of good money-saving ideas
- Active business network introductions
- Secure client web-space for document sharing
- No need to email important/sensitive data