Accounting for the Community
Not too long ago, Graeme and Judith from Conning Barraclough Chartered Accountants were tucked away in a small office above the shops on Lake Road – now with their growing client list and referrals, they have expanded not only their business but also their premises.
“We started in the same firm together 18 years ago, and when we decided to branch out on our own, four years ago, we weren’t sure if we needed a big office,” laughs Judith Barraclough, considering how small the previous office was. “We now have a meeting room and no longer share an office!”
With bigger premises and a growing client list, Conning Barraclough are going from strength to strength, and being the humble duo they are, praise many of their loyal clients for their growing success.
“Many of our clients have been with us from the time we started out as accountants – they know us and they know a lot about our life and vice versa,” says Judith.
“Our clients know when they come to us, they won’t be handed over to someone they don’t know, which often happens in larger firms, they know either one of us can help them and will go the extra mile and be there for them,” adds Graeme Conning.
And it’s these loyal clients who help bring in referrals:
“We like getting new referrals from clients or banks, it’s the referrals that help suggest to us that our clients are confident in us and believe in what we do,” suggests Graeme.
Not only do they provide great advice, they also say thank you to their clients with an annual function held in February.
“It’s a small way to say thank you. We are in our fourth year now and it’s just getting bigger and bigger – lucky we now have the bigger premises!’ They both chuckle.
Both born and bred on the North Shore, Graeme and Judith are strong advocates for the Shore, not only servicing their clients’ accounting needs, but also in championing the community. They are supporting the bid for the new playground in Takapuna, have donated a defribrillator for Takapuna at the local Starbucks, and support various other local charities.
They really do have their hearts in Takapuna.
Conning Barraclough, Level 1, 507 Lake Road, Takapuna 09 486 7773