Finance Awards 2019

10 | SME NEWS - Finance Awards 2019 Bell Howley LLP: Best Accounting & Tax Firm 2019 - Central London Bell Howley LLP is a multi-disciplinary firm offering their diverse client base access to accountancy, tax, legal and financial advisory services. Recognised as one of the best accounting and tax firms in Central London, we caught up with Managing Partner, Simon Howley who showcased the innerworkings of this award-winning practice. Established in 2008, Bell Howley opened its door as a tax consultancy firm, offering advisory services to owner managed businesses, high-net worth individuals and even independent firms of accountants. Today, the firm’s mission is to be the only point of contact for all of their clients’ private and business needs. By the use of technology, and by having a diverse skill set within the firm, it makes their client offering quite unique. From the beginning, Bell Howley’s approach can be summed up in three simple words: Dynamic, Innovative and Original. Going into detail about what this means for the firm, Simon begins by informing us how these three words enable the team to deliver the very best support and advice for each client they work alongside. “Here at Bell Howley, we have a genuine partner led client approach, which is very hands on and ensures that everyone is provided a single point of contact within the firm. We work closely with a diverse set of experts in complimentary fields, and with many leading sets of tax, trust and chancery chambers. This gives the firm access to the very best minds and thinkers in the UK in our industry.” Bell Howley have attracted some of the very best individuals within this dynamic industry, asking them to be part of the firm by being transparent about what they can expect, but also what the company expects from them. Having briefly mentioned the experts the firm works alongside, Simon is keen to discuss the internal culture at Bell Howley, highlighting how the team go the extra mile to ensure that the clients receive an unbeatable service. “Whilst we are a professional service firm, it does not mean we have to be stuffy in our approach. There has always been a dress down culture within the firm, and whilst we work very hard, we also like to relax and have fun with our clients. Many of our clients have been with the firm since its inception, and are now considered as friends rather than clients. In addition to this, we also offer flexible working to our staff to fit in with looking after their growing families, and other non-work commitments.” Within the wider industry, there has been an increasing number of firms who are becoming more specialised as a direct reaction to client needs and demands. As a result, clients no longer want to engage with a separate tax adviser, accountant, solicitor or financial adviser. By engaging with Bell Howley, they can have access to all of the above, under one roof. As for what the future holds for the firm, the team at Bell Howley have already set themselves a number of goals they hope to achieve in the years to come. Bringing the interview to a close, Simon signs off by revealing how the team hope to achieve this, touching on how the firm will adapt their approach to ensure that they are able to not only meet their clients requirements, but also exceed their expectations. “Moving forward, we will continue to grow in a controlled and holistic manner throughout 2020, by taking on the very best staff and partners that fit into our firm’s culture. This enables us to give our clients a consistent approach to their ever- changing needs going forward.” Contact Details: Contact: Simon Howley Company: Bell Howley LLP Web Address: Telephone: +44 020 7129 1432 Address: 53 Davies Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 5JH