Amy Telford started working for Bates & Co in 1997 joining the business under a modern apprenticeship scheme. Following 4 years of working at the accountancy practice and studying part time, Amy qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) in August 2003, and was made an Associate at Bates & Co in 2006.
In 2008 she was granted federation member status within the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts and became FCCA. Amy transferred membership from a Chartered Certified to a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and was awarded a practising certificate within the institute in August 2012.
Amy has specialist expertise in providing financial advice to business start ups specifically giving them an overview of the tax system and how it works, and supporting the fledgling business whilst they implement a bookkeeping system. She also advises existing businesses on the best tax strategies going forward and helps them incorporate their business if this is the best approach for them.
Amy loves being an accountant as she finds it very rewarding when her client’s businesses succeed and grow. At times she finds the more technical, mathematical parts of the work frustrating but loves it when things “balance”.
Amy genuinely believes Bates & Co and now Harvey, Telford & Bates is different from other accountancy practices due to the caring and friendly ethos that Brian Bates has created, where nothing is too much trouble, and the team are friendly and most importantly approachable.
The accountancy profession in Shropshire is still dominated by older men. Amy hopes to change the stereotype of accountants whilst still maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and expertise.