Ribble Valley woman (28) opens accountancy practice

OWN PRACTICE: Judith Smith who has just set up her own accountancy practice JS Accountancy. (s)
OWN PRACTICE: Judith Smith who has just set up her own accountancy practice JS Accountancy. (s)

A NEW accountancy practice for Clitheroe and the surrounding area has been set up by Ribble Valley woman Judith Smith.

Judith (28), who was born and brought up at Home Farm, Browsholme, decided to set up her own practice after building up a portfolio of clients, predominantly in agriculture related industries.

A former pupil of Thorneyholme RC Primary School, Dunsop Bridge, and Bowland High School, Grindleton, Judith attended Myerscough College before leaving at 18 to get a full-time job.

“After six months in the hotel and catering trade I started work at F.G. Rowland tractor sales, hire, spares and repairs as an accounts assistant in January 2000, where I enjoyed working in accounts and dealing with farmers for four years,” Judith explained.

“By 2004, I had decided accountancy was for me and had already completed two years studying for my AAT qualification at Accrington and Rossendale College at evenings and weekends.

“In order to follow my chosen career of becoming an agricultural accountant I needed to get a job in an accountancy practice, preferably working on farm accounts. So I wrote to Ian MacGregor, a partner at Lonsdale and Partners’ Kendal office, who, after meeting in person, duly offered me a position as an accounts trainee at the Kendal office.”

After completing her AAT qualification in 2005, Judith continued her training with Lonsdale and Partners on block release at BPP Manchester, studying for her ACCA exams, and in August 2007 passed her finals to qualify as a chartered certified accountant.

“Meanwhile, back at the office I had developed my skills and gained lots of experience of dealing with the accountancy and taxation affairs of businesses from a range of different industries and was promoted to corporate senior,” she added.

“I had also become responsible for leading the management accounts and VAT returns team at the Kendal office.”

In April 2008, Judith was promoted further when Lonsdale and Partners joined forces with Moore and Smalley LLP, and she was give the responsibility for looking after her own portfolio of clients.

This included a range of different sized businesses from a vast mix of industries, but was predominantly made up farmers and businesses working in agriculture related industries.

Judith’s new accountancy practice, J.S. Accountancy, offers a wide range of services, including year-end accounts, business and personal tax returns, monthly and quarterly management accounts, business planning, cash flow and financial forecasting, new business start-up advice and compliance, VAT returns and bookkeeping.

l Anyone wishing to find out more can contact Judith on 07817 046096 or by email to judith@jsaccountancy.co.uk or her website – www.jsaccountancy.co.uk