GWA confirms move to Walkergate offices
Berwick accountancy firm Greaves West & Ayre (GWA) has announced ambitious expansion plans with six new jobs and work about to begin on its purpose-built new offices in Walkergate.
Colin Frame, managing partner, GWA said: “We decided to move to new offices as we have expanded over the recent years and use six offices around Berwick town centre which is not ideal. Our new premises will enable us to expand in the future, under one roof, if the need arises so that flexibility is perfect for us. As part of our continued growth we will be taking on new employees, who will be a mix of school leavers and graduates, to train in wealth management, tax and accounting.”
GWA has embarked on a comprehensive IT training plan with NECC Training. This is part of its employee development, contributing towards the growth plans and due to the increasing demand for cloud accounting solutions from clients. GWA is a great example of a business with a rich history but a sharp eye on the future and new opportunities.
Mr Frame explained: “We have grown in a holistic way, in part, I believe, as our Partners have a huge amount of experience at their fingertips so we can answer our clients’ questions on everything from wealth management and pensions to tax planning very quickly.
“As well as this, accountancy is developing into a much more technical discipline in terms of clients’ service. We needed our team to be very computer literate at a higher level so they can all help our clients access any financial information via whatever means they may choose.”
The business has clients which are, in some cases, now fourth generation of the original client. It works across a wide range of industries from rural businesses to individual companies with turnovers of £200m.
GWA was established in 1919 after JT Ayre had come up from Newcastle to open a Berwick branch office of Greaves & Company. After the second world war the firm took the name of Greaves West & Ayre and became a company in its own right. The firm grew substantially from the 1970s onwards, more than doubling its staff to its current team of over 100.