Our Edinburgh office were celebrating the one-year anniversary of Accounts Senior Dariusz Hunter on January 7. We’d like to get to know him a little better and find out his thoughts on Bracey’s Accountants one year on…
Dariusz, why the accountancy industry?
I had studied business management during high school where accounting formed a really small part of the subject, but my interest definitely stemmed from there. I went on to do an MA(Hons) in accountancy and business law and during this time I did some work experience with local accountancy firms so by the time I graduated, I knew this was the career path I wanted to follow. I’m now studying towards my ACCA with sponsorship from Bracey’s and I’m continuing to enjoy it all.
What made you approach Bracey’s Accountants?
Before I came to Bracey’s, I worked for another accountancy firm who approached their work in a different way and didn’t really embrace cloud accounting, something which I had gained experience with whilst on work experience during my university days.
When I was made aware of Bracey’s and their brand, I knew this was somewhere I wanted to work. Once I met Kirsty and Pete, who explained Bracey’s approach to servicing their client’s needs whilst using cloud technology to streamline processes, I was excited about the opportunities that working with a brand like Bracey’s would provide me.
What does a typical day as an Accounts Senior look like?
Is there ever a typical day?! My job role is fundamentally assisting clients with their compliance needs such as preparing accounts for unincorporated and incorporated businesses as well as their associated tax returns, but I’m also involved in bookkeeping and preparing VAT returns.
I also spend time with clients on the phone or in person dealing with their day to day queries and offering advice where possible. With the introduction of MTD (Making Tax Digital), a lot of clients were finding themselves using cloud technology such as Xero for the first time and so I’m quite proud to say that I’ve been given the responsibility to look after all things Xero north of the border, whilst my colleague Farren from the Bishop’s Stortford office looks after this side of things down south.
In your opinion, how does Bracey’s stand out from the rest?
Most accounting firms say that they are different and from past experience, I would have said they are all the same. However, Bracey’s definitely breaks the perception of what an accountancy practice is – they’re modern, they’ve ditched the grey suits and they are always looking for ways to further the practice and their clients. I’ve learnt so much in my first year at Bracey’s as we are encouraged to go that extra mile to ensure that we are proactive in our approach with clients and we always make sure we do our best to maximise client profits whilst minimising tax liabilities.
What major changes do you expect for the future?
Over the past couple of years, we’ve been hearing a lot of chat about cloud technology and automation creeping its way into accountancy which could in some part, make part of the requirement for an accountant disappear. We’re now beginning to see software such as Xero, along with their add-ons become heavily used in businesses but ultimately, this has been a positive thing. The use of technology like this means that we can do our job more efficiently, allowing us to spend more time advising our clients and helping them in new ways.
If not Bracey’s, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t where I was now, I’d be a butcher! I worked as a butcher for three years while I was studying at university and it was something that I really enjoyed.