Welcome to another in a series of profiles spotlighting the 2017 Firms of the Future. Our latest edition features Jo Tomlinson of Business Works, the UK winner of last year’s Firm of the Future contest. Stay tuned in 2018 for details on how to enter our next Firm of the Future contest and continue visiting our blog often.
Danielle Ernst: Welcome Jo and congratulations on being a Global Firm of the Future finalist/runner up! Tell us about yourself and your business.
Jo Tomlinson: I started the business about 10 years ago after working for 20 years as a commercial and management accountant. I was looking for a new challenge and thought the time was right to start up my own business. I spent some time thinking about what small- and medium-sized businesses really wanted from their accountant and structured the business to satisfy those needs.
Initially, networking was our main source of new clients, and as the client base grew, I started to build a team. Now, most of our new clients come from referrals, closely followed by people we meet at events. We are now a team of 10, supporting and advising around 150 clients, and growing all the time.