Business as usual for accountants
Published on: 30 Jun 2014
A STAPLE Hill business which faced an uncertain future following the announcement that Santander would be closing more than 100 of its agencies, has now confirmed it will be business as usual.
Accountancy firm Lloydbottoms rents offices on the first floor of the Santander agency building in the High Street.
But in February this year, Santander announced that they were closing all their agencies and only keeping open their branches.
Attempts to find another agency were not successful and the agency will close at midday on July 10.
Susan Rickerby, who took over Lloydbottoms in February 2013, said that a new business had negotiated a lease on the downstairs office space which means she can continue the accountancy business.
She will be assisted by Jackie Swift and members of her family, including her two teenage sons, are being roped in to help too.
Susan said: “We have taken great strength from the community, the Santander customers and Lloydbottoms clients who have been very supportive during this stressful and uncertain period.
“The shop will be let to an unrelated business, Bristol Hope Project, a not for profit domestic abuse service that provides supported housing for women and children experiencing domestic abuse, and it is hoped that some of the surplus office and storage space can also be let out. This will enable Lloydbottoms to stay at the current address- having to move would be a time consuming and potentially destructive process.
“We aim to continue to provide a personally tailored service to each of our clients. We favour a friendly, no nonsense, positive, approach and generally enjoy our work- we do find that a sense of humour sometimes helps. As part of the tailored approach we offer Saturday morning appointments to those struggling to get time off in the week and we believe this makes us different from most other accountants.
Mark Lloydbottom, trading as M G Lloydbottom & Co moved into Staple Hill High Street in 1982. There was a grand opening, attended by Una Stubbs as Aunt Sally. The shop part of the premises was opened as a Bradford and Bingley Building Society agency (run by M G Lloydbottom & Co) with offices for the accountancy activities above.
In 1986 a large extension was built, increasing the office space to accommodate the expanding activity of the accountancy practice, which included financial services as well as audit and the traditional general practice services.
In 1987 Andrew Watson joined the firm as a partner and Susan Rickerby joined as a manager. There were around 30 employees at that time and only three computers.
Over time, Mark Lloydbottom left the practice and Andrew Baker joined and the business was renamed Lloydbottoms. More and more information technology was introduced and fewer staff were required.
In 2002 after a big overhaul of the software and systems, Andrew Baker left leaving Andrew Watson as a sole practitioner with Susan Rickerby in a senior manager role and with one other accountant, an administrative staff member and five staff working in the Bradford and Bingley agency.
At the beginning of 2008, the business was transferred to Lloydbottoms Limited which continues to trade as Lloydbottoms and as Bristol Taxshop.
At the end of 2008, Santander took over Bradford and Bingley
In February 2013, Andrew Watson retired and Susan Rickerby took over the business.