In this section of the website, we introduce you to one of our firms. Up next is Kay Johnson Gee run by Partner Julian Beressi and his team. Read his answers to our questions to get to know him and the firm.
What do you like about working for your firm?
“Our firm’s strapline is Helping You Build A Better Business, and through everything we do for our clients we live and breathe these words. From our newsletter on news from our clients through to our regular communications, our aim is to always provide useful insights to our clients. Our partners are involved with every client, utilising their decades of experience to ensure we provide the best possible advice.”
What are in your words the strengths of your firm?
“Although the firm has dedicated teams for tax, audit, corporate finance, corporate recovery and accounts, they all work together to make sure our clients receive the best possible overall service. With a team of over 60, most of which trained and qualified at Kay Johnson Gee, our clients can be confident we have the expertise to look after their business.”
“Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, cash is reality.”Julian Beressi, Partner
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at your firm?
“The most valuable lesson I have learned is that the client comes first. They are our focus and by giving sound commercial and practical advice we help clients achieve their objectives.
What result you achieved for a client, are you most proud of?
“As part of my forensic accounting work, preparing a report which was fundamental to a client being found not guilty in a range of SFO charges. It completely destroyed the prosecution evidence in a three month trial.”
How do you help clients to be innovative?
“Currently KJG are encouraging clients to move into the digital age by adopting cloud-based accounting systems. This will greatly assist them by being able to get up to date financial information and we can then more easily act as their trusted advisers rather than “number crunchers.”
What is your favourite statement that you regularly use when advising your clients?
“Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, cash is reality.”
Which conditions do you think a ‘ firm of the future’ should meet?
Accountancy has for decades resisted the digital revolution and stuck with what has always been the normal. Going digital not only “makes the boat go faster”, but it is also more cost effective, and can leave us to spend more time advising our clients. Any firm of the future should embrace digital, the latest technology, and implement it throughout the business.
How do you see the future of your firm from your perspective?
“Kay Johnson Gee is over 70 years old, and we’re proud to say that we still have clients dating back to the firm’s first year of trading. We’re a little older and let’s say wiser, but have enjoyed a successful career together. A lot has changed in 70 years, we have invested a lot in the latest technology and training for our team to help grow our firm and provide the best service to our clients.”
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