Warrener Stewart continues to grow

02 November 2017 • Warrener Stewart News

The current economic climate has not deterred five young professionals choosing accountancy as a career and joining chartered accountants in Fulham, Warrener Stewart. As chartered accountants and chartered tax advisors, Warrener Stewart specialises in meeting the needs of small and medium sized business, helping them to fulfil their business potential. The five new starters specifically choose Warrener Stewart because they wanted the opportunity to work with SMEs from a variety of sectors.

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Pictured above are (left to right): Fo Uwhubetine, Demi Brindley, Victoria Ikudehinbu, Alex Hollomby, Ali Dessain.

Joining the Audit and accountancy team are Ali Dessain, Demi Brindley and Fo Uwhubetine. For recent history graduate Ali, this is his first stepping stone towards a career in accountancy, following his graduation from Trinity College in Dublin. Whilst for Demi, having completed her AAT qualification in 2013, she has also chosen to continue her career as a Chartered Accountancy trainee and study for her ACA Qualification at Warrener Stewart. Likewise, Fo, having studied Accountancy and Financial Management whilst at the University of Hull, is keen to progress her career in business whilst training with Warrener Stewart.

Warrener Stewart’s Tax department has grown steadily over the past five years, providing advice to both businesses and their owners on UK and international tax issues. It was this diverse nature of the Tax department which attracted Accounting and Finance graduate, Victoria Ikudehinbu to join the team so she could expand her career in US tax and continue to study to become an Enrolled Agent alongside her ATT exams. As a recent Classics graduate, Alex Hollomby has chosen to put his attention to detail to good use by launching himself into a career in tax.

“In the current economic climate our clients are relying upon us more and more for business and tax advice. Through our recent recruitment we can continue to grow and maintain a high level of service to our clients,” commented Colin Edney, joint managing director of Warrener Stewart. 

Warrener Stewart welcomes a new Director

10 April 2017 • Warrener Stewart News

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Warrener Stewart is pleased to announce that Ryan Lane has joined the Board of Directors of Warrener Stewart and has taken an equity stake in the business.

“Ryan’s appointment as a director of the company represents a continued strengthening of our senior tax team, providing a solid platform for future expansion of our corporate and personal tax services,” commented joint managing director, Colin Edney. “Ryan has worked very hard towards this day and his appointment is well deserved.  We all look forward to a long and successful partnership with him.”

Celebrating 35 years of Warrener Stewart!

07 February 2017 • Warrener Stewart News

For Warrener Stewart, the year 1982 heralded the start of their successful chartered accountancy practice. In a year that was filled with space travel, the collapse of Laker Airways and, most notably, the Falklands War, chartered accountant Peter Warrener started Warrener & Co in South East London. His intention was to develop an accountancy practice which would provide a highly professional, yet affordable service to the local business community, a need he had identified as sadly lacking.

Now, 35 years on and having moved West to Fulham, the business has grown and matured, much in keeping with the original vision, yet has remained true to its founding principles of providing excellent standards of professional and personal service to meet the needs and budgets of private clients and their businesses. The Firm covers all aspects of accountancy and tax services and gives intelligent business advice. It can count 28 staff at present and has served more than 4,000 clients over the last three and a half decades.

Reminiscing, joint managing director Nick Morgan recounts, “Thirty-five years ago, on 2nd February Peter Warrener started the business. In those intervening years, a lot of water has gone under the bridge, yet there are still a good number of us around who can remember the early years, contributing more than 200 years combined service. That’s an awful lot of tax returns! Everyone should be very proud of this significant achievement.”

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The current directors of Warrener Stewart: (l-r): Jon Last, Colin Edney, Gary Chapman, Nick Morgan and Damian Talbot.

A new generation of accountants and tax advisors start their careers with Warrener Stewart

02 November 2016 • Warrener Stewart News

Warrener Stewart has welcomed four new recruits to their Fulham accountancy practice. Charlotte Northmore and James Shepherd join auditing and accounting, whilst Ellie Scanlan and Catherine Findlay are the latest additions to the tax team.

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(Pictured l-r: Charlotte Northmore, Catherine Findlay, James Shepherd and Ellie Scanlan)

For the three girls, this is their first job since graduating, having joined Warrener Stewart’s graduate trainee programme This provides them with an opportunity to gain valuable on-the–job training whilst undertaking their professional studies. Charlotte, who studied Accounting whilst at Kingston University, was keen to join a medium size accountancy practice to gain wider experience before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.

Both the two new tax recruits, Ellie and Catherine, studied humanities based degrees; Ellie took a degree in History and Politics at Queen Mary, whilst Catherine studied International Relations and Politics at Richmond International University.

As for James, he joins Warrener Stewart as a qualified accountant following a four-year ACCA training programme with PwC whilst based in Guernsey. James takes up the position of assistant manager, working alongside the Principals to help small and medium sized enterprises develop and grow their businesses.

Commenting on the new recruits, Colin Edney, joint managing director said, “We are delighted to welcome four new arrivals to the team, all of whom appreciate that at Warrener Stewart we have a more in depth way of working alongside our clients. On the accountancy side Charlotte and James will provide a vital support role undertaking many of the technical aspects of auditing.

Equally, Ellie and Catherine will be a great support to the tax team. Their degrees have taught them keen analytical skills. These will prove invaluable when they are analysing complex information to allow the team to offer tax advice to businesses and private clients.”

Warrener Stewart clocks up 150 miles on Cycle to Work Day

15 September 2016 • Warrener Stewart News

Knowing the team at Warrener Stewart are always up for a challenge, Nick Morgan, joint managing director of the Fulham based chartered accountants, encouraged several colleagues to join the National Cycle to Work Day which took place on September, 14th. 

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Between them the intrepid cyclists; Jon Last, Marcus Bullen, Felicity Butler, Ashleigh Molton, Charles Dessain and Nick, clocked up an impressive 150 miles cycling to and from work. For some of the younger members of the accountants in Fulham, their cycle journeys were relatively routine travelling in from Brixton and Balham compared to Jon and Nick’s epic journeys from darkest Surrey.

Nick rode 39 miles from South of Guildford over the North Downs, meeting up with colleague Jon in Esher to inject some much lacking pace and lead the final 16 miles to Fulham.

“As I left home the sun was just rising, making for an idyllic ride into work,” commented Nick. “It was “an interesting experience”, but probably not one I’ll do on a daily basis since the whole commute took me the best part of three hours and I only made it as far as Woking on the way home!”

Whilst Nick certainly had the longest journey, the prize for ingenuity and the shortest journey went to Charles Dessain. He ditched his normal bus ride and grabbed one of the Santander “Boris” bikes which were free for the day, to cycle from Hammersmith to Fulham. This still earned him the complimentary bacon roll which was part of Nick’s original offer!

A day in the life of accountancy trainee ... Victoria Dent

26 August 2016 • Warrener Stewart News

Each year Warrener Stewart recruits a graduate trainee who will continue to progress their career in accountancy through an internship. 

Recent employee, Victoria Dent shares her experience of working at the Fulham based accountants. 

What degree did you study for? 

Accounting and Finance at Oxford Brookes University 

Has this helped you in your chosen career? 

Yes, not only did it provide me with an understanding of what accountancy was but it also gave me an in-sight into what would be involved in becoming a Chartered Accountant.

What made you choose accountancy?

From a young age I have always run my own businesses and have had a keen interest in mathematics. Accountancy seemed like an obvious choice as I wanted to learn what was behind the numbers of successful businesses; something that once grasped would be invaluable in aiding the success of my own business.

What made you decide to start with Warrener Stewart?

I applied to join Warrener Stewart because they work with directly with business owners across a range of business sectors, from large estate agents to smaller retail clients. Working so closely with SME’s would afford me a unique insight into their business. Moreover, Warrener Stewart actively supported me whilst studying towards professional qualifications which was very important to me.

What is a typical day at Warrener Stewart for you?

Working within the audit team I assist audit managers in gathering evidence, performing tests and undertaking analysis of company information. At Warrener Stewart we spend a great deal of time interpreting a wide range of numbers to ensure we can offer the business owner the best possible advice that will continue the growth of their business. Alongside auditing, I also prepare financial statements and complete various ad hoc tasks in tax and other areas of accountancy.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Most definitely the professional relationships that we develop with clients; since few of our clients have a financial director they rely upon us for financial and business advice.

Equally, I enjoy the fact that I’m not solely based at our accountancy offices in Fulham, as an auditor I travel to different locations throughout London and the surrounding areas to conduct audits. Once an audit is finalised it is rewarding to receive positive feedback from the client that they are happy with the work undertaken and the way in which it was performed.

Can you outline your study/career path?  What qualifications are you studying for and when will you qualify?

I am studying towards the ICAEW ACA exams to become a chartered accountant. This involves sitting numerous exams as well as completing three years’ worth of accountancy experience. When I joined Warrener Stewart in January 2015 I already had 5 exemptions for the certificate level ACA exams because of the modules I studied at University.

Whilst working at Warrener Stewart I have passed four professional exams with the intention of sitting three more this year. If I pass the exams this summer I shall be a part-qualified accountant, with a further three to pass before I am fully qualified. I hope that by January 2018 I will have completed all my exams and be fully qualified Chartered Accountant.

What would be your advice to anyone wanting to start a career as a chartered accountant?

I would recommend paying attention to what is happening in the world of finance; employers are looking for candidates who are strong with numbers and have a commercial awareness. I would recommend looking at the financial statements for your favourite retail company or football team, read them and think about what those numbers are telling you about the entity’s performance.

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“Warrener Stewart understands our business; they give us more than any other Accountancy service we have ever received in the past. They are extremely commercially aware and very current when it comes to changes in tax policy. ”
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