Local Team, Personal Service,

Big Practice Skills

FS Accountants are a specialist team offering accountancy, payroll and support services to businesses across the Ribble Valley. Having just moved into new larger offices on York Street, Catherine Mallord went to meet the ever growing team. Photography: Kirsten Platt

Since directors Damian Farragher and Sarah Sharples set up FS Accountants six years ago they have grown year on year and have now moved to a new larger office for the third time to accommodate their ever growing team and new service provision.

Damian said: “We have built up a team whose skills and experience meet the needs of our clients, of the businesses in the area and the ever changing business world.

“All the team have come from other local firms and we feel that their local knowledge and passion for our area and its economy is invaluable.”

Meet the team

Donna Bristol (pictured third left) is a Client Manager. Spending at least a day a month within her clients’ businesses she becomes their first hand finance department looking after figures for monthly meetings and answering any questions that arise day to day. Specialising in management accounts, Donna is also the firm’s resident Sage expert, she joined the firm from large Lancashire practice Moore and Smalley.

Kathryn Graves (pictured second from right) handles clients’ accounts as well as dealing with VAT issues. Kathryn prepares financial statements, tax returns and year ends. Kathryn’s specialist skill is keeping her clients one step ahead of compliance and ahead of deadlines and she also specialises in Xero.

David Sutcliffe (pictured far right) is the firms Tax Manager. Bringing over 30 years experience to the practice, coming from Mayes Business Partnership, David focuses on issues around VAT, capital gains and stamp duty.

The firm’s Management Accountant is Lorraine Fox. Lorraine handles her clients’ month ends and helps keep them ahead of the game on VAT so there are no nasty tax surprises. Crucially Lorraine takes away all the financial admin from clients meaning their time is freed up to run their businesses.

Specialising in business sale and purchase is Corporate Director, Graham Porter (pictured far left), who has over 30 years’ practice experience within local Lancashire firms most recently a senior partner at KM accountants. Graham is the firm’s expert when it comes to mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy.

Earlier this year in response to client demand, the firm launched a specialist division FS Business Support which is a dedicated team handling RTI and auto-enrolment.

Heading up this division is Payroll Manager Sarah Farragher (pictured second left) who has joined the firm from Cassons. Sarah is helping clients decipher the new requirements and get to grips with how to not only comply but seamlessly work it into part of their business systems.

The newest member of the team is Jessey Hudson. Jessey is providing all round support and assistance focusing on monthly accounts and year ends.

Managing Partner Damian Farragher (pictured third right) specialises in raising finance for clients as well as cash flow planning and management. As well as handling these issues for clients Damian is passionate about helping clients better understand their finances.

Fellow Managing Partner Sarah Sharples (pictured in the middle) covers all areas of business advisory for small to medium businesses – five to 500 staff or sole traders. Sarah is as likely to be advising on business development issues as accounting and tax, providing a holistic approach to business growth and development.

Damian added: “Our team is geared up to helping clients big and small through the changing tides of taxation and legislation and with more complexities in tax and payroll, it is more important than ever to get advice as early as possible to make sure you are doing things the right way.”

FS Accountants deliver their clients all the services and specialisms of a big firm but from a small local friendly team, and crucially are accessible on your doorstep here in the heart of the Ribble Valley.

Their new office is literally just around the corner from their old York Street base.

FS Accountants Ltd
42 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL
01200 423882



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