Numbers Add Up To National Accolade For Jmsolutions

Top Quote A one-woman accountancy firm in Surrey has won a top award from Sage in recognition of her innovative and solid good practice locally - specifically her community and female focus. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 10, 2010 - A Surrey accountant has proved her own books are perfectly balanced after scooping a national accountancy award.

    Joan Swain of JMSolutions in Guildford has won the Sage New Practice of the Year Award after impressing industry judges with her focus on women in business and strong community links.

    Joan received her award from Nick Hewer from BBC TV's The Apprentice at Sage's annual Connect conference held at the British Museum in London.

    This was the first time business software and services company Sage has held a UK accountants' awards scheme.

    Joan, who started JM Solutions last year, said: "I am really thrilled to win this award.

    "I have thrown myself into the business wholeheartedly and am really looking forward to growing my firm while keeping to my mission statement as a truly proactive practice."

    Joan has more than 30 years accountancy experience working in-house at companies locally and in London.

    She is also honorary treasurer of a local scout group and the Guildford Samaritans and contributes her professional expertise to these charities.

    "JMSolutions is a start-up that took the brave decision to go it alone and they've never looked back," said Jayne Archibold, managing director, Sage Accountants Division.

    "Their recommendations started coming through because they provide a very personal quality service, they explain numbers in a way clients understand, and they've also focused on women in business.

    "They've also looked at unique ways to differentiate themselves from their competitors and they are heavily involved in the local community.

    "They are constantly adding new clients, and pride themselves on not having lost one."

    The Sage Accountants awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of accountants in practice and the contribution they make to UK businesses.

    There were 42 nominations across 12 categories.

    Joan's award was sponsored by Blackberry.

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