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Following an eclectic career with roles that included qualifying with a Big Four firm, being a corporate manager with a major UK bank and running a credit card sales company, Graeme joined French Duncan in 2005 to establish French Duncan Corporate Advisory ("FDCA"), the corporate finance and advisory department of French Duncan. In 2011 he also assumed the role of Managing Partner.
As one of the most recognised corporate financiers in Scotland, Graeme has built FDCA into one of the market-leading corporate finance and advisory practices in Scotland. FDCA has twice been a winner at the Scottish Accountancy Awards.
As well as corporate finance expertise, Graeme has extensive commercial and management experience, having been responsible for two business turnarounds prior to joining French Duncan, and as the Managing Partner of French Duncan, a business with nearly 200 members of staff.
Over the last 20 years Graeme has been personally involved in, or advised companies involved in, company sales, acquisitions, finance raisings, restructurings, downsizing, strategic reviews, business planning and bank renegotiations. He has worked with hundreds of businesses over the years and has an understanding of most of the issues which commonly face businesses.
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John has been a Partner in French Duncan since 2005 following its merger with O’Sullivan Cleary, where he had worked since 2000. Prior to then, John was Manager of the Business Services group in the Glasgow office of Grant Thornton.
John delivers accountancy, taxation and other business advisory services to clients ranging from private individuals to companies with seven plus figure turnovers over a diverse range of sectors including the third sector.
In his role as an Entrepreneurial Services partner, John looks beyond the client’s business to help the owner/managers with their financial affairs. This is done during the lifetime of the business; when the owner/managers are preparing to exit the business and; when planning for life after business. Helping clients is largely based around dealing with accounting and tax compliance. Value is added through management reporting and other advisory services which businesses without any in-house financial expertise need either when starting up; growing and developing or; trying to maintain financial stability in recessionary times.
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Eileen is a practising Insolvency Practitioner, JIEB qualified with almost 30 years’ experience in Restructuring and Insolvency and a chartered accountant.
Based in Edinburgh, she heads up French Duncan’s Restructuring & Debt Advisory practice and specialises in advising owner managed businesses, corporate and personal.
Her experience ranges from multi location retail insolvencies to complex personal cases including appointments over insolvent solicitors’ practices. Included in recent cases is the Administration of a company providing specialist security systems in the Middle East and the winding up of a company providing innovative, patent-protected water treatment technology to the tertiary/polishing water treatment and reuse market.
She is chair of the Scottish Technical Committee of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) and also sits on R3’s Council and Policy Committee. She represents ICAS on JIEB and sits on the ICAS Authorisation Committee.
Eileen has been heavily involved in Scottish Insolvency matters over a number of years and has engaged with the Scottish Government and the Accountant in Bankruptcy on behalf of R3. Recently she has been involved in the working party set up to consider the modernisation of the Scottish Insolvency Rules.
Hazel began her training as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 and joined French Duncan in 2012 when they merged with Macfarlane Gray. She has specialised in tax for more than 10 years and heads up the tax compliance and consultancy team in the Stirling office, managing a varied client base of businesses and private clients.
Hazel has previously served as the Scottish President of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants for two years and is currently a member of the Scottish committee.
Hazel’s specialisms include capital taxes planning, personal tax planning, advising owner-managed businesses, tax investigations and property taxation, including capital allowance claims. She has particular interest in the construction and agricultural sectors.
Hazel was brought up in a family business and has a deep understanding of the issues surrounding owner-managed firms. She draws on this background when advising on commercial and tax matters.
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John trained with McLachlan & Brown before joining Price Waterhouse at the start of the 1980s as a tax senior. He moved to Arthur Andersen & Company in the same capacity two years later, before his appointment as a tax manager and, subsequently, tax partner at a constituent firm of Scott Moncrieff, where he remained for some 21 years. John was appointed head of tax in Scotland for BDO in 2006, joining French Duncan as a partner in 2014.
He specialises in advising owner-managed businesses and their owners on a wide range of tax matters, including: acquisitions and sales; reorganisations; share valuations; succession planning; shares schemes; tax efficient investments and inheritance tax planning. John has also advised charitable and not-for-profit organisations and has prepared expert witness reports covering a range of issues.
He has established a reputation amongst his clients as a tax expert who can make often complex matters readily understandable to the benefit of themselves and their businesses.
Greg trained with Price Waterhouse in Glasgow. He has experience at board level in an SME with institutional investment and has successfully grown and developed a business advisory practice through organic growth, merger and acquisition. Greg joined French Duncan as a Partner following its merger with Macfarlane Gray in 2012.
He advises SME clients on all aspects of business growth, with particular focus on the technology and construction sectors and owner-managed businesses in general.
A primary focus for Greg is the continued growth and development of French Duncan as the leading business advisor to SME businesses in Scotland.
Prior to setting up as a sole practitioner in Dumbarton in 1984 Charles trained with KPMG. The subsequent merger with Kevin O’Sullivan formed the partnership of O’Sullivan Cleary and this partnership proceeded to merge with French Duncan in 2005.
Charles has gained considerable experience in dealing with the needs of smaller family businesses over a wide range of business sectors and, over the last five years, has built a large range of payroll clients in the Dumbarton office.
Charles offers a highly personal service to his clients within a small office environment with a team of highly motivated and efficient staff at a very competitive price.
Whilst essentially retaining the feel of a sole practitioner practice, Charles can offer his clients all the benefits of the specialisms available in the wider firm.
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Having joined the firm as a CA trainee in 1989, Stephen enjoyed a varied career in his early years, gaining valuable experience in audit, accountancy, tax and also business recovery. Thereafter focussing on audit and accounts, Stephen progressed to partner level in 2000.
Over the years Stephen has advised companies and individuals across a variety of business sectors, from traditional to new technology and sciences, in the UK and in as far flung places as Singapore and Afghanistan.
Although an audit and accounts partner, Stephen’s focus on working closely with owner-managed businesses means that he is regularly involved in providing business and commercial advice on a range of topics. His experience extends across a range of sectors and business structures, from partnerships to international groups.
Stephen is also head of FD Healthcare and is considered to be one of the leading accountants providing advice to the Scottish healthcare sector.
Stephen is focussed on delivering the best possible service to his clients and does so with a commercial and pragmatic approach to business. He is a team player with a friendly and relaxed business style.
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Throughout his extensive career, Barry has worked for HMRC, Arthur Andersen, Coopers and Lybrand and McCabes. He has been a Tax Partner with French Duncan since its merger with McCabes in 2008.
Barry has a wealth of experience in all aspects of tax matters, from corporate to personal and has a particular specialism in maximising capital allowances for clients. Whilst Barry can advise any business on its tax matters, he has particular expertise in the hospitality and property sectors.
He can also advise on tax incentives for investment.
Barry prides himself on taking the initiative to understand his clients’ needs to deliver results.
He enjoys building strong relationships with his clients and continually seeks opportunities which he believes will be to their benefit.
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Nicola originally joined the firm as a CA trainee in 1999, gaining valuable experience in audit, accountancy and tax, together with her CA qualification. Post qualification she spent sixteen years working for two top ten firms, spending nine years in the central belt of Scotland, with a further three years in Dublin, and four years in Aberdeen. She re-joined French Duncan in January 2019 as Audit Partner.
Nicola has substantial experience in privately owned companies, listed companies and large corporate groups, based both in the UK, Ireland, and internationally. Her experience extends to businesses operating in the construction, technology, food and drink, retail, leisure, and manufacturing sectors, and the knowledge she has amassed in audit and assurance allows her to be instrumental in the delivery of high quality audits.
Having worked in professional practice all of her career, and with a wide variety of clients, Nicola continues to enjoy understanding each business she works with, and the challenges they face. Taking the time to understand her clients provides her with a detailed understanding of the business issues they face, and allows her to use her breadth of experience to focus on delivering value to her clients with a practical and commercial approach.
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Brian qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and shortly afterwards joined Coopers and Lybrand specialising in business recovery, working throughout the UK. Thereafter, he moved to Deloitte as a Director within its Restructuring Services before joining French Duncan as a Partner in 2012.
Brian takes formal insolvency appointments across a broad spectrum of businesses and provides advice and solutions for individuals with personal debt problems. He also offers advice to distressed businesses and their lenders to assist in turnaround, restructuring and recovery.
Recent assignments have included administration appointments on behalf of secured lenders, liquidations and forensic asset tracing, recovery work in fraud cases and expert witness work in director disqualification actions.
Brian brings an unrivalled wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. He is commercially astute, which means that he always finds the appropriate solution for individuals, businesses and lenders alike.
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Tony trained and qualified with one of the Big Four and, following his move to French Duncan, was quickly promoted to partner. He has been with the firm for 25 years and has seen the growth of our client base, services and expertise.
Tony’s core skill is in audit and assurance and he provides business advice to a broad range of clients. He is responsible for ensuring our audit services comply with regulations and that audit continues to be useful and relevant for clients. He specialises in the charity, Housing Association and pension sectors.
Tony ensures the services provided remain relevant and advice given is practical and easily understood. He has an indepth knowledge of his clients’ sectors, which means they can use him as a sounding board to discuss issues, share ideas and help shape policies and procedures. Above all, Tony helps clients achieve their objectives and maintain strong financial management.
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Stephen is an experienced tax advisor who has worked in both practice and industry roles during his career. He started his career in London with BDO prior to working with Lloyds Banking Group for three years, where he specialised in providing tax advisory services. Stephen joined French Duncan as a tax director in 2015 from a mid-tier firm in Glasgow and became a Partner in May 2017.
He specialises in advising on a variety of corporation tax matters, including: share reorganisations; group restructuring advice; substantial shareholdings exemption; the taxation of loan relationships and international tax advice. Stephen has gained experience through advising a wide variety of clients, ranging from owner managed businesses to AIM and fully-listed enterprises.
He has developed a reputation for fully understanding the commercial objectives and strategies of businesses prior to providing tax advice, in the process ensuring that the tax outcome is always aligned to the wider business objectives.
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As well as being a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator, Iain has over 10 years of experience in the corporate finance profession – both in the UK and overseas.
Iain moved to Bermuda in 2009 where he worked in the corporate finance and valuations department of KPMG before taking on a role as corporate finance and strategy manager at London listed insurance company Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd. He has also worked for other major professional services companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte.
Iain joined French Duncan in 2016 and is a key member of the corporate advisory team. He specialises in advising on acquisitions, sale mandates, valuations, due diligence, fund raising and business planning.
Iain was promoted to Partner in April 2019.
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Formerly a partner with a mid tier law practice, Linda changed careers in 2010 to join French Duncan. She therefore has invaluable experience of the legal as well as the technical aspects of all insolvency matters.
Linda currently manages our Hamilton office and is in charge of technical compliance throughout the Insolvency Department. As a qualified Insolvency Practitioner, she provides advice to both corporate and personal clients facing financial difficulties and also advises other professionals and lenders on insolvency related matters.
Linda is particularly adept at tracing heritable assets and realising same due to her experience and understanding of corporate and property law.
Linda provides sound technical and commercial advice, has a ’can do‘ attitude and always exceeds expectations to get the job done successfully.
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Robert started his career at a top 15 accountancy firm, working in both personal and corporate tax, before qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2008.
Robert believes in proactive client engagement and delivering both commercial and tax efficient planning solutions.
In 2012 Robert joined a top 10 accountancy firm, specialising in the provision of business tax advice to SME’s, owner managed businesses and high net worth individuals.
Robert then joined French Duncan in 2014 and has helped to oversee the growth and development of our corporate tax department.
His current role includes advising on a range of projects including corporate restructuring, capital allowance planning, Research and Development claims, due diligence and international tax issues.
Robert also oversees the corporation tax compliance process for a number of our firms largest and most complex clients.
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Tommy qualified as Chartered Accountant in 1991 with a top national accountancy firm. Having gained broad general practice experience, Tommy joined French Duncan in 2001 and, since then, has progressed to the role of audit manager within the Glasgow office.
Tommy has experience across a number of sectors, working with a range of clients from small and medium sized enterprises and owner-managed businesses to large and listed clients. This includes working with clients operating within the property, manufacturing, hotel and leisure and distribution sectors.
Tommy maintains a close working relationship with his clients, providing practical support and advice and ensuring all statutory reporting requirements are met.
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Ian qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984 after training with a Big four firm. Since then he has specialised in the hospitality sector, having obtained direct experience as Finance Director of a Scottish Hotel company before focusing on the provision of hotel accounting services to a variety of clients across the UK.
Ian joined French Duncan in 2016 to develop an innovative accounting service for individual hotels, groups of hotels and hotel management providers. Utilising over 20 years of expertise in the sector Ian provides a tailored service, quickly identifying individual requirements based on the type of business.
Leveraging his expertise in the Hospitality Sector he leads a team that provides cloud based hotel accounting services. Through a one stop shop approach, hotel owners and managers are able to access real time financial information whenever and wherever they want it.
Ian’s experience and dedication to top quality service, enables clients to concentrate on key operational issues, safe in the knowledge that all of their accounting and taxation needs are taken care of.
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Graeme has spent his career working with businesses of various sizes, advising and running activities across the full spectrum of their marketing, communication and growth.
Having gained an MA in Economics from The University of Edinburgh, Graeme joined a marketing consultancy in London working for blue-chip clients such as Unilever, Cisco, Siemens and Standard Chartered Bank, before joining the in-house communications team at Royal Dutch Shell where he led on all UK sponsorship activities.
On returning to Edinburgh, Graeme became Head of Communications & Development at the CMI (Edinburgh International Film Festival & Filmhouse) before joining The Union Advertising Agency where, as Group Account Director, he headed accounts for clients including Skyscanner, Miller Homes, Sterling Furniture, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Oriam.
Following a stint as Marketing Director at technology company Clearwater Controls, Graeme joined French Duncan in January 2019. As Marketing Director, Graeme leads the marketing team and is responsible for marketing strategy and activation across all service lines and industry sectors. In addition, he works with selected clients advising them on how marketing and communications can drive their own growth.
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Andrew joined French Duncan as IT Director in May 2016. Prior to this he worked for Kingston Smith LLP as IT Director.
Andrew has 20 years’ experience in conceiving and delivering best in class innovative IT solutions for professional services and has documented case studies to demonstrate this. His experience covers aspects such as IT strategy, project management, service delivery, business intelligence, data protection, cloud computing and business process management.
Andrew has held senior positions within a number of key IT associations for IT Directors. The associations promoted the provision, exchange and sharing of information between the IT Departments of top professional services firms.
He leads the IT function at French Duncan by staying ahead of business to business trends and deploys selected technology to streamline the business proposition. Working with the Managing Partner, he ensures that the IT strategy is aligned to the business goals to delivers significant benefits to both staff and clients. This includes developing key core competencies and adding innovative technology to gain market advantage.
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Linda joined French Duncan when the firm merged with Macfarlane Gray in 2001. She has played a significant role in the growth of the firm, previously managing the workflow and business development and more recently in the last few years has established French Duncan’s Payroll team.
Linda was promoted to Head of Payroll in 2017, and since then has grown the team to 10. The team are based at our Stirling office and provide services to a wide range of clients from Aberdeen to London.
Understanding from first-hand experience the challenges faced by family businesses, Linda uses this knowledge to assist her in her dealings with existing and potential clients.
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Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1994 with KPMG, Bob has held a number of senior finance positions in a variety of organisations in the accounting, legal and civil engineering sectors.
Bob joined the French Duncan team in 2009 as Director of Finance. In this position he has the responsibility for the internal finance function, ensuring that all work is undertaken regularly, timely and accurately within a strong and robust financial control environment.
He brings with him an extensive knowledge of the accountancy sector, as well as a wide variety of expertise across different business environments which is invaluable to French Duncan’s partners, managers and client base.
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Maria started her career in HMRC some 20 years ago in the Thames Valley, where she was involved in both VAT and Excise and Inland Customs. From there, she returned to Scotland to join a Big Four practice, specialising in VAT. Maria joined PKF in 2000, moving across to BDO following the merger in early 2013 as VAT manager, before joining French Duncan in 2015.
Having spent two decades working in VAT, Maria has a gained extensive experience in dealing with HMRC and assisting clients to understand and manage how VAT applies to their business.
With experience in dealing with businesses across all sectors, Maria has been widely involved in the charity and not for profit sector, manufacturing, leisure industries, international businesses and, more recently, the renewable energy sector. Advice provided to clients includes issues such as: partial exemption; business/non-business calculations; land and property advice; place of supply advice and general business VAT planning as well as the provision of in-depth VAT reviews and bespoke VAT training courses.
Maria likes her clients to know that they are valued and important to her and achieves this by being open and friendly at all times. She adopts a down to earth approach to clients’ VAT issues and aims to keep clients up to date on relevant issues and events of interest.
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Louise is a highly experienced and qualified HR specialist who leads French Duncan HR Services. With over 10 years experience in HR, Louise has a Masters in HR Management, a law degree and is a chartered member of the CIPD and a trained ACAS mediator.
Louise and the rest of the team at French Duncan HR Services work with a wide variety of organisations providing support in employment matters, including SMEs, Owner Managed Business and Not-For-Profit organisations on an on going basis providing advice and guidance in relation to tricky people issues including disciplinary, grievance, absence, redundancy and TUPE. The team can also work on specialist projects such as HR documentation, HR projects, HR training and mediation. For further details or to sign up for regular employment updates, please visit our website.
For a free initial consultation meeting, please contact Louise McCosh on 0141 221 2984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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David joined French Duncan in 2012 following a period as an insolvency consultant for a number of insolvency practices. He has over 10 years experience in insolvency, prior to which, he specialised in credit risk for a large utility company.
David currently manages our Glasgow insolvency team. As a qualified non-appointment-taking insolvency practitioner, he provides advice to directors, accountants, solicitors and lenders in relation to business turnaround, restructuring and insolvency.
David’s specialism is in asset tracing, recovery and sales. He has invaluable knowledge of complex insolvencies in the financial sector, along with experience of post-appointment trading and going concern business sales.
David’s extensive experience allows him to offer a sympathetic approach when discussing individuals' financial problems. He is known for his commercial approach in corporate insolvencies along with his strong technical knowledge.
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Kevin qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993 and as an Insolvency Practitioner in 2005 specialising in both corporate and personal insolvency.
In addition Kevin was involved in the formation and for over 10 years the management of a local design business enabling him to obtain a greater understanding of the issues faced by directors on a daily basis.
Following several years of working for insolvency firms in Glasgow he established a Stirling based Insolvency Practice in 2012 prior to joining French Duncan in 2019 as a Director.
Based in the Stirling office Kevin takes formal insolvency appointments, advises both corporate and personal clients facing financial difficulty and provides advice to directors, accountants and solicitors on insolvency related matters.
Kevin’s experience and 'can do' attitude enables him to relate quickly when dealing with an individual's or organisations' financial difficulties giving solid, straight advice in a way clients understand.
Kevin is a past President of his local Rotary club in Clackmannanshire.
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Stephen began his career working for a short time at HM Revenue & Customs as an Administrative Officer before joining an independent CA practice as a tax assistant dealing with all tax compliance issues and identifying tax planning opportunities. Three years later, he was appointed as tax manager to a mid-tier accountancy practice, where he remained for six years, before joining French Duncan in 2015 in the same role.
Stephen has gained extensive experience of working for both personal and corporate tax clients which helps him give more comprehensive tax advice. Stephen has gained exposure throughout his career to all aspects of Employment taxes and has added to this expertise through completing numerous Employment tax review and due diligence reports. Stephen has also been heavily involved with giving advice, both technical and compliance based, on all aspects of employment related securities which covers both tax advantaged scheme such as EMI, SIP, CSOP and non-tax advantages schemes.
Drew qualified as a chartered accountant in 2008 from an accountancy practice in Dundee having trained as a general practitioner working in all areas of accounting, including: auditing; company accounts; partnership accounts; company tax; personal tax; management accounts; business planning; bookkeeping; tax planning and systems advice.
Having joined French Duncan in 2009 as an audit senior, Drew worked his way up to Audit Manager and managed a portfolio of audit clients across a range of sectors. With a primary focus on commercial business, his client portfolio included: healthcare, property, construction, manufacturing and agriculture. Having worked in compliance for a number of years Drew transferred to our Managed Client Services department and was appointed Director in our Entrepreneurial Services Department in May 2017. Drew uses his strong technical skills gained from his years in audit mixed with his background as a general practitioner to understand his clients’ business. Drew appreciates the importance of getting a true understanding of both the clients business and personal objectives in order to offer the most appropriate and helpful advice.
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After completing his ICAS training with a mid-tier Edinburgh accountancy firm in 2005, Ian went on to work in the assurance department of a Big 4 firm in the Cayman Islands for two years. Staying in the Cayman Islands, he went on become a captive account manager for a further ten years before joining French Duncan in January 2017.
Ian brings with him significant experience in providing high quality services to a range of clients, and prides himself on having excellent communication skills. As French Duncan’s manager within the Outsourced Service Department he will ensure all French Duncan’s clients are able to access and manage their accounting services through various cloud accounting platforms. He will offer assistance and expertise to ensure they can maximise the benefits of cloud-based systems and technologies.
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Giancarlo qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2005 and has significant experience working for a range of companies, from listed multinational to SME, along with accounting practice.
Giancarlo has held a number of senior positions over the years, latterly focusing on operational and commercial strategy in the Media and Hotels sectors.
He joined French Duncan in 2018 as Operations Director of the Hotel Accounting business.
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Craig qualified as a chartered accountant in 2008 whilst training with a top 10 national accountancy firm and, since then, has built up invaluable experience of the small to medium sized owner managed business sector.
Prior to joining French Duncan in 2015, Craig spent time working out of general practice, where he consolidated all the skills he had developed working in public practice and enhanced his operational and commercial skills.
As Director of the Entrepreneurial Services team, Craig advises an extensive range of clients from small family-owned companies to sizeable limited companies on all aspects of the accountancy function. His clients operate across a number of sectors and he has extensive experience on advising businesses in the construction industry, property development, retail and service industries and the hotel and leisure industry.
With valuable commercial experience, Craig seeks to build long term relationships with his clients and be on-hand to partner clients on the various challenges they encounter in running their businesses. His experience of both industry and public practice has enabled Craig to focus his attention on the standard of service he can offer clients and what services his clients want and expect from their accountant.
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Neil qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2011, training with a well-established firm in Paisley. From there he joined a small accountancy practice in Glasgow where he focused on the provision of high quality service to his varied client base, achieving this predominantly through the use of cloud accounting software.
Neil joined French Duncan in 2016 bringing with him a specialism in cloud accounting solutions. He has extensive experience in providing clients with high quality, user-friendly management reporting services and advice.
Managing one of French Duncan's Entrepreneurial Services Teams, Neil works with clients to help create a smooth reporting process. He also has a focus on helping identify opportunities to create efficiencies in financial and operational functions.