WHO I HELP
Companies ranging from small owner-managed businesses to multi-million-pound groups.
HOW I HELP
Audit and accounting. Corporate tax. Business advisory services.
Manufacturing. Information technology. Consultancy. Haulage. Financial services.
“WE ALWAYS GO THE EXTRA MILE TO ASSIST OUR CLIENTS.”
Richard Higginbottom is a Senior Manager within our Audit team. His day-to-day role involves managing and taking responsibility for the audit of a portfolio of companies ranging from companies with a turnover of £5m up to those with a turnover of £200m. Having worked for several accountancy firms before joining Sagars, and working closely with clients across a range of industries for 12 years, Richard has extensive experience in providing audit, accounting, corporate tax, and business advisory services to support clients in solving their challenges and realising their goals. Richard’s ideal client relationship is that of a business partnership – working together to support clients in achieving their aims.
An active member of our Industrial sector team, Richard aims to promote this through various forms of business development activities. He has attended many industrial and manufacturing-focused events and expeditions and also promotes the firm’s expertise in this area through his written blogs.
HIGH-QUALITY AUDIT & ADVICE
“When it comes to what clients expect from us, I believe they expect a high-quality audit along with good advice to help support them and achieve their business goals. Clients also expect to be able to contact us easily and for us to be on hand to assist when required.
Regarding audits, clients would like us to listen to their plans and help them to consider:
- What “the numbers” actually mean; what’s important to them and their business
- What else they should be thinking about beyond the numbers; and
- What the possibilities for the future might be.”
HELPING COMPANIES SUCCEED
“I find the most satisfying aspect of working with clients is delivering a quality audit and offering advice to support their companies in succeeding. I also enjoy building a strong relationship with clients and being on hand to assist as necessary. In terms of working with colleagues, the most satisfying aspect for me is being part of a team that collaborates to achieve their goals and deliver a high-quality service.”
A HYBRID APPROACH
“We are a tech-enabled business, but when it comes to the virtual and ‘hands-on’ routes to working with clients my preferred balance would be a hybrid approach. This enables us to work closely with clients, building friendships and familiarity with the clients’ businesses. At the same time, it’s also important to not get in the way of their day-to-day work, and virtual communication is great for this. Ongoing investment keeps the firm’s IT capabilities up to date, helping to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our services.”
KEEPING UP TO DATE
“One of the challenges of the audit department is keeping up to date with technical aspects which are regularly being revised. However, to assist with this challenge there are technical experts on hand throughout the AAB Group to provide advice where required.”
MORE OPPORTUNITIES THAN EVER
“It’s a really exciting time to be part of Sagars, not least because of the incredible career opportunities here. Being part of the AAB Group means there are more growth opportunities than ever.”
CLIENTS ARE OUR PASSION
“One of our values as a Group is that ‘Clients are our passion’ – our aim will always be to ensure clients are happy and meet their needs. We should aim to make certain a good relationship is maintained at all times and go the extra mile to assist clients as required, delivering a high-quality service. We should also aim to keep clients up to date with technical updates such as tax and accountancy news, legislative changes, and best practice. This can be done by way of a conversation, publication, or a seminar.”
ORGANISED & APPROACHABLE
“I feel I bring strong experience and knowledge within audit. I also bring a friendly and personable attitude to both colleagues and clients. I feel I am organised in my day-to-day role and always approachable.”