Company success leads to growth

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A Cramlington-based accountants firm is celebrating growth by employing two more members of staff and expanding into bigger premises.

Graeme Tennick & Co Chartered Certified Accountants has experienced rapid growth since working with Business Northumberland and has been giving back to the scheme by running workshops for other start-ups.

As a south east Northumberland business, owner Graeme was able to access 12 hours of free one-to-one support and attend a series of free workshops to assist him on his path to success.

With the help of his dedicated adviser Paul Brown, he developed and implemented a successful marketing plan, enabling the firm to compete and succeed in a competitive sector.

Graeme said: “The resources and networks Business Northumberland can offer are far more valuable than any money I could have received from grants because they gave me invaluable, lasting tools and skills.”

The 31-year-old founded the practice in April 2012 from home in Cramlington where he was able to keep the costs down and only had a relatively modest number of clients.

After working with Paul Brown for a few months, Graeme soon needed to expand both in space and in staff numbers.

He added: “As soon as I started working with more and more clients, I needed extra space and a move to local Apex Business Village allowed me the flexibility I needed for growth.”

One particular success story from Graeme’s accountancy workshop is Honor Sanderson, who built the confidence and tools to set up Maid of Honor, a full service office cleaning agency, who are now the cleaners for Graeme’s office in the Apex Business Village.