Dains Accountants

Dains Invests in Leadership Skills for Accountants

Bondholder Dains, midlands based accountants and business advisory firm, is investing in an 18-month programme to develop their next generation of leaders.

Dains is embarking on the programme as part of its strategy to develop practical leadership and management skills to create a high performing organisation. The firm has ambitious plans for growth, underpinned by building on its reputation for exceptional client service delivered by talented business advisers. It believes that investing in a leadership programme aligned with the business vision will enable their people to drive the firm’s ambitions.

Richard McNeilly, Dains, Managing Partner added, “We plan to grow our business by a further 50% over the course of the next 5 years and more if we acquire like-minded accountancy and advisory businesses. Without doubt, our greatest asset is our people and we are keen to build our leaders of the future, whilst honing the skills of our existing leadership group. Having invested heavily in IT and staff benefits, the leadership programme is a natural development.”

Starting in February 2018, the 18-month programme, will help leaders to understand what enables people to work at their best, how to empower people to deliver great performance, how to create more value in a working week, effective and flexible communication and the need to understand and adapt to differing behavioural styles.

Commenting, Dains HR Manager, Angela Millward said, “We all aspire to be the type of leader that people want to work for who is able to create a positive and supportive work environment from which a highly productive team can evolve. The programme is aimed at developing coaching skills and helping our leaders place people at the heart of what we do so that our teams, our clients and the firm can enjoy the benefits.” 

Dains operates from 6 full service offices across the Midlands region including: Birmingham, Burton on Trent, Derby, Lichfield, Rugeley and Stoke on Trent.

Tree-mendous Service Raises Thousands

Over £5,650 has been raised for Bondholder Treetops Hospice in a scheme to collect and recycle old Christmas trees.

Over 400 trees have been collected from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire over the last few weeks in the Treetops Treecycling scheme. Collections are made in return for a donation towards the hospice which provides nursing care and emotional support for adults and their families.

The scheme is growing in popularity as Mary Rose, senior community and events fundraiser explained: “This is the third year of Treecycling and every year the number of trees collected - and the donations we receive - goes up.

“This year we’ve been able to expand the postcode areas where we’re collecting trees from as we’ve had amazing support from Ward Recycling.

“We’ve also had wonderful volunteers helping us from Treetops, Costain Galliford Try, [and Bondholders] Santander and Dains Accountants, Derby who have been out and about with vans donated by Enterprise and Sandicliffe Ford Stapleton - we really couldn’t do this without all their help.

“We want to say a huge thanks to everyone who’s been involved. We’re looking forward to building the Treecycling service up to be even bigger and more successful next year!”

Treetops Hospice Care services include Support and Information, a Day Care Unit, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy.

Digital Dains

Bondholder Dains has launched a new online service, designed to help businesses get to grips with their financial issues. 

The accountancy firm has published a series of online videos, covering topics such as valuing your business, to managing the tax risks of employing staff. The videos are presented by Managing Partner Richard McNeilly, and feature staff from the firm.

Richard said: "We are very proud of the team at Dains and wide range of knowledge and expertise that they possess.

"This is why we thought it would be a great idea to use this to create a series of specifically created videos to showcase some of the work we do at Dains, and to offer some helpful hints and tips to other businesses in the Midlands."

The videos can be found by clicking here. 

Two new managing partner appointments

Richard McNeilly

Richard McNeilly

Bondholders Dains and Smith Cooper - both specialists in accountancy and professional services - have appointed new managing partners recently.

Former head of business development at Bondholder Dains, Richard McNeilly, will replace Spencer Wright as managing partner after more than a decade in post.

Spencer commented: "I'd like to wish Richard and the team every success for the future. I have little doubt that the business will continue to flourish and I am delighted that Richard has taken on the role as managing partner."

James Bagley

Meanwhile, across town at Bondholder Smith Cooper, Andrew Delve has announced his stepping down after two decades as managing partner and handing over the reins to James Bagley. James has worked closely with Andrew over a number of years and is regarded as a gifted business advisor and respected leader.

Andrew Delve commented: "I am proud of what this firm has achieved over the last 20 years and supremely confident that further growth and success will follow under James' leadership."

Book Festival opens 2nd chapter

Following on from the success of last year’s festival, plans are already underway for the second annual Derby Book Festival.

The festival will be hosted in a number of venues across the city, from the 3rd to the 11th June.

A major reason for the resounding success of the Festival is due to the wonderful partnership between all the arts and cultural organisations in the city and the huge generosity of local businesses
— Liz Fothergill, Chair of Derby Book Festival

The Derby Book Festival celebrates the joy of books and the pleasure and power of reading. It aims to inspire a new generation of readers with an exciting educational programme. Last year’s festival highlights included Michael Morpurgo, David Nicholls, Sarah Waters, Katie Fforde, Simon Armitage, Penelope Lively and managing director of Waterstones, James Daunt.

A number of Bondholder companies played a key role in organising the event, including Derby City Council, Codemakers, Connect, Archer Hampson, Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District, Dains, Déda, Derby Telegraph, Derby College, Derby LIVE, Derby Museums, Derby Theatre, Foundation Derbyshire, QUAD, Status Social, University of Derby, WDA Branding, as well as Marketing Derby.

Liz Fothergill, Chair of Derby Book Festival, said: “A major reason for the resounding success of the Festival is due to the wonderful partnership between all the arts and cultural organisations in the city and the huge generosity of local businesses.  Their support was crucial and has helped us to successfully secure funding from Arts Council England.  We look forward to working with them all again to make the second Festival even better.”

Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and musician John Sampson will open this year’s festival on Friday 3rd June, at Bondholder Derby Cathedral.

To celebrate the launch of the festival, organisers have launched a flash fiction competition. The challenge is to write 50 word story around the theme of secrets.

To enter the competition, or to find out more information about the festival, please visit www.derbybookfestival.co.uk