In 1990, Billy Wilson decided to start up his own business. As an accountant and latterly director for businesses, with experience in service, retail and manufacturing sectors, his vision was to act as a roving accountant for small businesses that needed day to day support. Based from his converted garage in Newmarket the business grew rapidly exceeding all expectations. After hiring additional staff and taking on a partner in 1994. The Newmarket offices were soon no longer big enough for the company.
On the move
In 1995 the practice moved from Newmarket to its current location in Morley’s Place, on Sawston High Street, opposite the Post Office. There is a large free car park located behind the office. Sawston is located close to the A11 & M11, just a few miles south of Cambridge. Please look at the contact us section for a map.
In 1997 William Wilson joined the practice, the business continued to grow expanding in both clients and staff.
A New Beginning
In 2004 after a very successful decade, Billy and his business partner went their separate ways. This was a very difficult time for the business, with a degree of uncertainly for both clients and staff. With Billy’s drive, determination and some very loyal staff the practice recovered and is now considerably larger than it was before.
At the present the company completes over 500 self assessment tax returns, acts for in excess of 200 companies and through its sister company Sandcroft Payroll Services runs over 400 payrolls.
This experience and the fact that Sandcroft is a family business, enables the company to advise many of their clients on how to expand their businesses and try to avoid some of the pitfalls. As a family based business, acting as accountants for many owner managed and often family businesses, we are acutely aware of the disadvantages and advantages this structure can bring.
The pie chart below gives you an indication of our clients location. We have large concentrations in Newmarket, Sawston and Cambridge, but we do have clients in London, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Devon, Switzerland, Spain, Australia & New Zealand.
The directors of the company are Billy Wilson, founder and Sue Wilson BA (Hons). We have a total of ten staff providing accountancy and book-keeping services.
We have four ACCA qualified staff, William Wilson, Sarah Brisley, Jordan Lane and Joanna Elbourne and Brian Marston FCA. Robin Davis (AAT) has recently been recruited to join the practice at the beginning of January 2012. Daniel Braybrook and Morgan Brewer are working towards completing their AAT qualification, while Sarah is furthering her studies to become a Chartered Tax Advisor qualified. These are supported by Jackie Surridge and Sally Dearing the firm’s secretary.
The company continues to grow and is always actively seeking new clients. Many of our referrals come from word of mouth but the company does advertise with Yell.com, Yellow Pages and some local magazines and publications. The company’s expansion and development has led the family to acquire some land locally in Sawston. This land has been granted planning to build offices. Subject to everything being agreed, the company hopes to be trading from the new building in the summer of 2012. The first image below is an artists impression of the front of the new building, the second the overall site and the third an overhead of the floor layout.