Grenfell James and Businesses Supporting Stratford

14 Apr 2016

Stratford upon Avon is our home, both in a business and personal sense. Not only do we work in this community, we live here. We employ from the community (now employing 16 staff), those families have children who attend local schools, who use local amenities, and will at times need the aid of the charities involved.
As with all businesses, the requests for monetary support from both local and national charities fall on my desk daily. We get it…’ if you don’t ask, you don’t get’! As a company, we have supported many of these charities and continue to do so. However we have always tried to keep it local. The team have often been seen at Dragon Boat races and Santa Runs, we’ve helped with the hospital appeal events, sponsored school events, helped out local PTA’s and provided raffle prizes. Having said that, it is refreshing to be looking to help the wider community and charitable organisations by investigating other avenues and ways in which we can assist. Sponsorship for another ‘challenge’ or event becomes more difficult year on year, as we have to approach friends and family again!
However, the practice is made up of a young team, who have the energy and enthusiasm to help where possible.  They also have an exceptional level of knowledge and advice to impart in many areas of business. As an example, we are linked with a charity, ‘Tax Help For Older People’ who call on us locally, where the person may otherwise not be able to access the advice they need, thus causing unnecessary stress.
Each client manager has their own specialism, covering start-up companies, catering, rural affairs, medical practices, construction trades etc,etc. Perhaps this knowledge can be taken advantage of? Not to mention, a long list of useful contacts! Within the practice, we have staff who are particularly IT literate and always happy to help, regarding IT set-ups, software installation and training. Perhaps the ‘venture’ just needs some advice regarding best practice, for the necessary evil that is bookkeeping and admin?  
Grenfell James has often supported local education, through offering work experience placements, and we are currently working with our 6th apprentice. Many of these apprentices have flourished in their careers with us and have progressed to become senior client managers.
In summary, we are proud to be involved in the venture, Businesses Supporting Stratford, we are willing to help and look forward to offering practical solutions.
 Although we are not anti offering hard cash when needed, that feel good feeling of donating a desk to Tyler House, to be used to help many charities, far outweighs that of handing over £100…it’s a win-win situation!

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Case Studies

Grenfell James Associates - The Senior Team

Chris works with a diverse profile of owner managed businesses to assist them to grow and retain wealth. Although Chris works with clients from a wide range of sectors, he has particular expertise in property, catering, consultancy and professional services.

Chris Wood

Managing Director ACMA

Alex has worked for Grenfell James since 2002 and became a director in 2013. Overseeing our internal operations, he manages the flow of work and ensures we hit our strict deadlines. Alex also manages a portfolio of clients, with expertise in manufacturing and service businesses.


Alex Enstone

Operational Director MAAT

David has worked for Grenfell James since 2006. He heads up our tax team and is highly experienced with expertise in different industries and sectors.

David Murphy

Tax Director ACCA

Hannah qualified in 2016, having worked for the company since 2009. She acts as a client manager for a range of businesses, with expert knowledge of the equestrian and rural sector. Hannah also manages our payroll team.

Hannah Watson

Client Manager ACCA

JP qualfied in 2014, having worked for Grenfell James since 2007. He is a client manager for a diverse portfolio of clients including those in the manufacturing and serivce industries. 


Jon-Paul Lawrence

Client Manager ACCA

"“Grenfell James was instrumental in me setting up my business 10 years ago and Hannah Watson has been with me every step of the way since. Focusing on delivering my business means I don’t want to be worrying about my accounts, VAT and tax issues. Hannah and the team take all of that off my hands and pretty much act as my finance team, advising on everything from everyday payroll to international invoicing. I couldn’t have achieved what I have without them and value their personal attention highly - everyone in the team is extremely approachable and will take time to explain anything I need to know”.   "

Mary Keeley - Mary Keeley Consultancy

"Grenfell James provide an excellent service with all accounting details explained in a very friendly and understandable manner. I have no hesitation in recommending them to any business wanting concise and reliable service at a very reasonable price.   "

Mr I Cameron

"For our cash hospitality business, prompt, accurate numbers matter, and the ability to call quickly for break-downs and analysis. GJ is always responsive and ready to be on the case. We never feel short-changed. "

Andrew Knight. The Howard Arms Ilmington

"~After contacting various accountants about what seemed to be a complicated capital gains issue, I spoke with Damien.He is very approachable, professional and immediately reassured me that it was straightforward. He obviously had experience of the matter.I met him to give him my paperwork and I felt I had no need to worry.He completed the tax return very quickly and the cost was reasonable.I highly recommend Grenfell James Associates and Damien.   "

Mrs Jones

"Grenfell James have been an amazing partner, managing the pressures that come with taking a start up to a multi million pound concern in 18 months is never easy, but these guys were both strategic and responsive with great ideas and exacting execution   "

Roy Ferguson. The Perfect Cosmetics Company.

"I am delighted with the professional and efficient way in which Grenfell James Associates do things. In particular, they return my calls quickly, do the things they say they are going to do and do them when they say they are going to. Since our group was established in 1991 they developed all the financial systems that robustly stood the test of time, coping with many millions of pounds of transactions "

Regent Square Estates

"In the past we have been unfortunate to work with some less than reputable accountants. Grenfell James Associates have restored our faith in the accountancy business and assisted us with every aspect of our financial responsibilities. We now have a renewed confidence in our finances, knowing that all our affairs are being dealt with in an efficient and professional manner. Thank you to the whole team and we look forward to many years of working with you. "

NPD Design Consultants Ltd

"Fantastic all round service level. Tax return peace of mind and highly efficient. Thank you. "

Mr J McCarthy

"JP has looked after my accounts for a couple of years now, & I have to say nothing is too much trouble for him. As someone who fully appreciates that I know my business, but will always be guided by those who are experts in their own respective discipline, I have never once sent a request or query & not had a reply almost instantly. Highly recommended!     "

Dean. Wootton IT

"Since taking over the accounting for our two businesses, Grenfell James have taken away any stress we have had in the past with our accounts. They have been very approachable and easy to talk to, enabling us a better understanding of how we need to run our business. "

Paul Stanley. A S Contracts Ltd.

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