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Barber French Associates was established over ten years ago, to meet the demand for a cost-effective outsourced finance and accounting solution for two local SMEs. The model was designed so that these growing businesses didn’t need to take on the fixed overhead and risk of an internal finance team. But the model worked so well that further clients soon came on board. This outsourced finance team model is at the heart of our business. With growth has come other bespoke services such as stand-alone payroll bureau services for larger companies. Equally, personal recommendations from our SME clients to their contacts has meant big growth in self-assessments for sole-traders. The two local SMEs we started with are still valued clients to this day.

We have grown from one person (Debbie) working on her own on a laptop at home, to a team of six, all with our own commercial experience and expertise. Having worked from a more traditional office initially, noow post Covid, we are now working in a more hybrid style, with the team at their home offices when appropriate and leveraging our hot-desk set-up and meeting rooms at Gatcombe House when working collaboratively.

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