WINNING THE Accountancy Age Best Employer Prize meant a great deal to the practice and the employees, in fact far more than either of the firm's partners would have imagined.
The firm is a Gold Status Investor in People, so we and all our team already knew that we were fully committed to the training and development of our employees.
However, winning the award really brought it home to all of us just how good an organisation we are when compared to numerous other accountancy practices throughout the whole country, irrespective of size. Everyone was justifiably very proud to have played their part in The Fish Partnership becoming an award winning practice.
How have Fish used the award?
We have used the award to promote the firm with both current and prospective clients and also with our local professional and business contacts.
Details of the achievement were sent to all the firm's clients and the feedback from them has been very positive to such an extent that we feel that our clients have shared and celebrated in our success.
When talking to prospective clients, the fact that the firm has recently won a nationwide industry award means that they can see we are a practice with a highly qualified and committed team who stay with the firm for the long term. Business owners really like to know that the professionals to whom they rely on for proactive advice are going to stay with the organisation and are therefore able to advise them over many years.
Our strong employee retention helps us to build close working relationships with our clients, where we can get time to find out and really understand their personal and business objectives and then tailor our advice accordingly to help our clients achieve their objectives.
Finally, we have received many upbeat comments from our local professional and other business contacts and we are already finding that this has had a very positive effect on the firm's reputation in the area and has led to more client recommendations.
Martin Sheehy is managing partner of the Fish Partnership
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