In this section of the website, we introduce you to one of our firms. Up next is McLintocks (NW) Limited run by Managing Director Alastair Jeffcott 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?
“The McLintocks ethos is “One big happy family.” The staff of all three offices get on well with each other and are happy to share workloads and experiences. Every new member of staff is made to feel welcome and all are encouraged to improve themselves by adding new qualifications and skills. The client base is widespread and varied. We pride ourselves on the amount of contact we have with all of our clients, whether they are large companies or individuals requiring personal tax services.”
What are in your words the strengths of your firm?
“The strengths of the firm are the broad and differing experience and skill sets of the directors and senior staff, and the brightness and enthusiasm of the next generation who are both keen to learn and quick to learn. No client is too small, and we are large enough to compete with large national and international practices. The Xeinadin network adds further strength to our offering, and we are already benefitting from collaboration in tendering for new work. We have niche service offerings in the renewable energy and waste recycling sectors, professional football industry, academies and charities.”
“Every day brings positive results on behalf of clients. As a firm we are engaged in having a positive influence on all of our clients.”Alastair Jeffcott, Managing Director
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at your firm?
“The most valuable lesson that I have learned is to treat everyone as your equal, whether this is staff members, clients or other advisors, to listen to what people want to tell you, and to advice when it is offered. The new starter may be a future leader; the start-up business may be a future major client.”
What is the most rewarding experience you have had at your firm so far?
“The most rewarding experience to date has been to proactively engage with a student to tell her that it wasn’t the right time to continue with her exams because of her personal circumstances and that she would still be a valuable member of the firm – and then when she came back to us when circumstances had changed, to see her flourish and succeed, and to become a thoroughly competent professional and manager to one of the Directors.”
What result you achieved for a client, are you most proud of?
“Every day brings positive results on behalf of clients. As a firm we are engaged in having a positive influence on all of our clients. It is always a good feeling to see clients take the next step and to succeed when they do – whether this is to grow from within, by acquisition, or when a sale is appropriate.”
How do you help clients to be innovative?
“We are here to help clients and have directors and staff who are willing and able to “move with the times” and embrace both new technology but more importantly the new ideas and ways of operating and thinking of the next generation of clients.”
What is your favourite statement that you regularly use when advising your clients?
“We will do as much as you want us to do.”
Which conditions do you think a ‘ firm of the future’ should meet?
“Always available and willing to help clients, and to be proactive in all aspects of their business. Willing and able to embrace change, and to be trusted when advice is given.”
How do you see the future of your firm from your perspective?
“The future of the firm is in the hands of the bright young things that are the next generation. They are the workers and managers of today and the leaders of tomorrow.”
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