In this section of the website, we introduce you to one of our firms. Up next is Weaver Wroot, run by Director Scott Nixon and his team. Read his answers to get to know him and the firm.
What do you like about working for your firm?
“Working for my firm brings me great variety to my working day. I have a mixed portfolio of clients, which means I deal with some very small clients to some very large ones across various sectors. No two days are the same, and that can also apply to mornings and afternoons on the same day. I can go from being on audit at a multimillion-pound turnover company to helping a small trader complete their tax return. All clients need my help, just in different ways.”
What are in your words the strengths of your firm?
“The strengths of my firm are its reputation and its people. My firm has been trading for 90 plus years, and we wouldn’t be able to do that if we didn’t secure long-lasting relationships with our clients. In some instances, we have acted for clients for over 60 years, and in other instances, we are acting for businesses that have moved down the generations.
We wouldn’t have the reputation that we do if the clients we have weren’t served by a good team of people. Our people are qualified or experienced or both and whilst that means we can provide good advice our people will always go above and beyond to provide the service the client needs. This may be staying late to ensure a task is completed or undertaking research to look into a particular issue, it may even be non accounting such as help completing a form. Our clients know help is always at hand.”
“We wouldn’t have the reputation that we do if the clients we have weren’t served by a good team of people.”Scott Nixon, Director
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at your firm?
“The most valuable lesson I have learned is not to prejudge a person or a situation. Let them speak, outline what it is they think they need from us or outline the issues they have. We can then tell them how we can help but not only now but advice for the future to ensure the same issues don’t occur again. Clients always welcome this approach.”
What is the most rewarding experience you have had at your firm so far?
“For me, the best and most rewarding experience has been in fulfilling my own ambitions to become a partner in a firm of accountants. I completed my A-Levels but decided that University wasn’t for me; I wanted to stay close to home and work locally. I completed my professional exams and worked my way up until I was offered an opportunity at Weaver Wroot. Many of my clients assume I have a degree and have been to university and are surprised when I say I haven’t. I like to think it shows that there are still different paths you can take to achieve the same outcome.”
What result you achieved for a client are you most proud of?
“In recent years, I have worked closely with a local firm of solicitors to help them grow their own practice, in particular looking at turnover growth and cost control and/or reduction. I have also appraised a number of possible acquisitions for them. During my time working with them, they obtained year on year turnover growth and also moved to modern refurbished offices to enhance their own client experience. I am truly a trusted advisor and have a great working relationship with the firm.”
“Don’t spend £100 to save £20 in tax, pay the £20 and invest the £80 in something else.”Scott Nixon, Director
What is your favourite statement that you regularly use when advising your clients?
“Don’t spend £100 to save £20 in tax, pay the £20 and invest the £80 in something else.”
Which conditions do you think a ‘firm of the future’ should meet?
“A firm of the future should be looking to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ to all its business and personal clients for accounting and advisory services so that they do not need to go anywhere else. They should be up to date with technology and aware of what is coming in the future so that they can enhance the experience of its clients and also allow the client to enhance the experience of its own clients/customers.”
How do you see the future of your firm from your perspective?
“The opportunity to take Xeinadin’s wider, national offering and compliment that to our own local offering for service and advice is a real opportunity for my firm. My ambition is that this will enable us to attract dynamic entrepreneurial clients who want to work with us to better their own businesses. The ability for the team here to develop their own skills, both technical and soft, together with the possibility of secondment to other members firms to build on their existing skills and gain new ones is also a real plus that will help us retain and attract the best people.”