Top Ten Traits of a Great Accountant

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Organisation skills? Check. Head for numbers? Check. It’s a given that all clients expect their accountant to have top-notch focus, discipline and a passion for figures, but here at Hayhursts in Southampton, we believe there’s more to accounting than merely pen-pushing, box-ticking and number-crunching.

So what makes our team different…?

1. Focus on the client

Accountants should aim to meet client requirements by understanding the industry, sector and client’s specific needs. Our blend of dynamic financial expertise and teamwork gives us the power to see beyond the numbers – we take the time to understand what you want to achieve and help you to get there.

2. Creativity

What? we hear you cry! That’s right, great accountants have creative minds too, you know. Not all client problems are textbook; some require special attention and a degree of creativity. Our team practice out-of-the-box thinking to come up with fresh solutions whatever your goal, dilemma or ideas.

3. Flexibility

In this fast-paced, digital age – and given the current financial climate – our accountants understand changes can occur at any time and are prepared and armed with the necessary skillsets and cool heads to continue, if not ‘up’, the quality of service provided.

4. Credibility & Integrity

Not only did two of our partners train and qualify with Ernst & Young LLP for over 13 years respectively, our lively team of professionals will provide outsourced accounting solutions with skill, spirit and enthusiasm.

5.Commercial Awareness

Commercial Awareness is, in essence, knowing how and where your business fits in the market – how it is affected by economic and social movements and how it can forge ahead. It is about knowing your craft. And, well, we do!

6. Collaboration

The core of our approach is working closely with you. becoming an extension of your business – becoming part of Your team, so that we ‘get’ your distinct needs and objectives, and provide the right advice and support at the right time.

7. Resilience

A willingness to work above and beyond – we don’t shy away from a challenge and we’re not afraid of hard graft! Tight deadlines, juggling and keeping a cool head are fundamental to our ethos.

8. Communication

Needless to say, we have killer communication skills, but we’re talking more than that. We keep our clients up to date with the latest financial news and developments in their sector. Any messages and communications will always be dealt with promptly, and our response is always hands-on, concise and jargon-free.

9. Passion

Not only a passion for numbers, a passion for people; for meeting your needs and doing so with as much enthusiasm and spend-savvy skills we can muster.

10. Trust

Accountants have to deal with very confidential information day-to-day, and one of the most important traits of a great accountant is to act professionally and never impart any knowledge to third parties. Put simply, you can count on us.

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