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Rob Stafford


Rob Stafford
Managing Director

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Our people are key to our success.

Stafford & Co ensures the happiness and satisfaction of all employees within their roles, regardless of position. The team as a whole deliver our excellent service and it is important that each member of the team understands the importance of their contribution, accuracy and attitude at all times.

We believe that individuals who feel valued want to contribute to the success of the company. Whilst our systems and processes are important, our people turn these into our ethos of “Making the Numbers Talk” by bringing clients’ accounts to life. So it’s our people that achieve a source of competitive advantage for Stafford & Co.

If you want to work with a highly qualified, pro-active and innovative practice of Accountants committed to changing the world (and the way accountancy is perceived) then please get in touch.

What specialist skills do you offer Stafford & Co clients?
I see my role in the business being spread between three main areas, operations – ensuring our dedicated team deliver a fantastic service to our valued clients, finance – oversee our finances and ensure that we maintain good relationships with service providers and suppliers and finally strategy and business growth to ensure that Stafford & Co. continues to progress based on our core vision and values.

What professional achievement are you most proud of since working at Stafford & Co?
My ACA (now FCA as I’m getting old!) qualification will always be my proudest achievement.  I am a big believer in continual self-development and I read business books regularly.  I also completed a Dale Carnegie Leadership course early in my career and I regularly apply the principles of this course in my day to day interactions with the team and clients.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
More time and opportunities to travel the world and explore!

What advice would you give aspiring business owners?
Have a clear vision for what you want your business to look and feel like.

Dominic Grimes


Dominic Grimes
Director

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What specialist skills do you offer S&Co clients?
I’ve built up an extensive portfolio of client work and have a good knowledge of VAT, personal tax, corporate tax, and accounts preparation. I will focus on client advisory work whilst assisting Rob with running the company’s day to day operations in relation to accountancy, audit, business growth and taxation.

What did you do before joining S&Co?
Having qualified AAT at 18 after leaving school at 16, I then qualified ACA at 21. As such I have worked in practice for over 8 years as a qualified accountant.

Describe a typical day in your current role.
My time will be spent leading and directing our team whilst meeting clients to discuss their tax and accountancy affairs.

What is your ideal way to spend a Sunday?
Playing football for my local team, followed by watching Man Utd win at my local pub.

Alisha Menarry


Alisha Menarry
Payroll Manager

What specialist skills do you offer S&Co clients?
Having specialised in payroll and auto-enrolment for the past 8 years, I offer clients an in-depth knowledge of payroll and the ability to assist with any queries they may have.

Describe a typical day in your current role.
My role varies but a typical day involves running payrolls, answering any payroll related queries & assisting with new client engagements.

What did you do before joining S&Co?
I worked as Payroll Lead at Black Diamond Accountancy.

What is your most treasured possession?
My engagement ring.

What is your pet hate?
Negativity

Emma Moreton


Emma Moreton
Client Associate

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What did you do before joining Stafford & Co?
I studied Accounting and Finance at Manchester Metropolitan University where I graduated with a first class honours degree.

Describe a typical day in your current role.
Accounts, Audit, Personal and Corporation Tax, VAT, Management Accounts, Bookkeeping.

What professional achievement are you most proud of since working at Stafford & Co?
Completing the certificate and professional levels of my ACA qualification. I now only have the final 3 advanced level exams left to complete in order to become a qualified chartered accountant.

What’s the thing you like best about working at Stafford & Co?
Working with our clients and gaining an insight into the varying industries they operate in and also working alongside the wonderful team at Stafford & Co

Tell us your favourite:
Musical artist: The XX.
Food: Sunday Roast.
TV show: Homeland.

Molly Merrick


Molly Merrick
Client Associate

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Describe a typical day in your current role.
Working on Accounts, management accounts, bookkeeping and VAT returns. As well as dealing with any client queries.

What professional achievement are you most proud of since working at S&Co?
Progressing to Level 4 AAT with the view to complete and work towards completing ACA.

What’s the thing you like best about working at S&Co?
Working with a fantastic team of people and being able to learn and develop new and existing skills.

What is your most treasured possession?
Photographs from my time travelling Thailand

Tell us your favourite:
Musical artist: Oasis
Food: Chinese
Film: I am Legend and Inception
TV show: Peaky Blinders

Peter McGowan


Peter McGowan
Client Associate

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What is your current job role at Stafford & Co?
Client Associate

What is your background?
Born and bred in Bolton, I grew up in Egerton and attended Canon Slade High School and Sixth Form. After which, I studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Chester, graduating in 2017 with a first-class degree.

What is your earliest memory?
Kicking a football around my lounge on my 3rd birthday.

Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
My car

What is your most treasured possession?
My car

What would your super power be?
Time travel.

What is the worst job you’ve done?
Washing up in a café on a Sunday whilst hungover.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Not getting sunburnt so easily.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Attaining a first-class degree

How would you like to be remembered?
As a funny, honest man who improved the lives of others.

Where would you most like to be right now?
Orlando, Florida.

Alex Ellis-Thornton


Alex Ellis-Thornton
Client Assistant

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What did you do before joining S&Co?
I worked in a butcher shop.

Describe a typical day in your current role.
Each day is different and challenging. I enjoy that no two days are the same.

What professional achievement are you most proud of since working at S&Co?
Achieving Level 3 AAT.

Tell us your favourite:
Musical artist: J Cole
Food: Salt and pepper chicken
Film: Happy Gilmore
Book: Biff, Chip and Kipper
TV show: Gillette Soccer Saturday

What is your ideal way to spend a Sunday?
Playing football

Chloe Walker


Chloe Walker
Trainee Client Assistant

What is your current job role at Stafford & Co?
Trainee Client Assistant

Which living people do you most admire, and why?
My mum, dad & sister. They all work extremely hard and are so kind and caring.

What would your super power be?
Have healing powers so that my family and I can live forever!

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Okay dokay/Okay dokes

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
The weather – I would like it to always be cold and wintery!

Ken Stafford


Ken Stafford
Chairman

What is your background?
I have practiced for over 30 years.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Rory McIlroy, he’s a great golfer.

Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
My first Mercedes.

What would your super power be?
To never miss a putt.

What is your most treasured possession?
A photograph of four generations of “Staffords”.