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75 celebrate two decades with Champion Accountants


Champion Accountants’ Manchester office is celebrating more than 20 years’ of providing expert accountancy and business advisory support to 75 of its longest standing clients.

The accountancy group, which also has offices in Preston, Blackpool and Chester has impressive client retention rates and is celebrating decades of partnerships with clients, some of which span several generations.

One 20-year relationship is with Hyde-based Lynx IDG. During Champion’s partnership with the UK’s leading optical interior design and fit out specialist, the Manchester office has assisted the business by suggesting and managing a complete restructure that allowed it to move forward from a period of uncertainty to a strong, market-leading position.

Mark Fantom, managing director at Lynx IDG, said: “Champion has always assisted us with offering up new ideas and different ways of working. In my opinion they are the best around and always have our best interests at heart. Not many accountancy practices can claim that. With great service and a personal touch, Champion Accountants has helped us immensely over the years.”

Another client celebrating a 28-year relationship with the Manchester practice is Francis House. The Manchester-based hospice provides respite and end of life care for children and young adults with life limiting illnesses, and support for their families. Champion Accountants was appointed to represent Francis House Family Trust when it was established in 1990 and has since provided ongoing accounts, payroll and IT services and advice.

Rev. David Ireland, CEO of Francis House Family Trust, said: “Champion’s managing partner, Ged Cosgrove, took a personal interest in the work at Francis House and still does to this day. His passion for the charity coupled with professional advice has helped us to grow and this has been reflected in the excellent attitude of the staff who work on the Francis House accounts.”

Champion Accountants has also worked with the Sharland Charitable Foundation for more than a decade. The organisation, which supports children and adults with autism, came on board through a third-party recommendation.

While working together, Champion has provided the charity with access to a range of services and valuable specialist advice, including payroll, tax, accounts and audits, legal, loans/mortgages, fundraising and insurance. Most recently, Champion provided specialist HR and wealth management advice on investing charity funds arising from the sale of a property.

Alison Sharland, a trustee at the charity, said: “Champion has continued to play a vital role in supporting any changes and developments that have taken place with the charity and a good working relationship has been established and maintained over many years.

“They have provided the trustees of the charity with crucial advice and support at key points in our development. The services and support they provide are always of the highest quality.”

Ged Cosgrove, group managing partner at Champion Accountants, added: “Our long standing clients are testament to the relationships that our team work so hard to build and maintain. Part of our ongoing vision is to continue evolving, growing and embracing new technology, and this exact ethos is what we instil into all our clients to ensure they’ve the greatest success from start-up to sale.”