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North east accountancy firm appoints two new directors

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A North east accountancy firm has appointed two new directors as the business positions itself at the forefront of upcoming digital industry changes.

SBP Accountants and Tax Advisors has promoted two senior managers, Lynn MacKinnon and Andrew Good, to director level to be based in the firm’s Peterhead and Banff offices.

Lynn MacKinnon FCCA, who manages the Banff office, joined SBP as part of an acquisition in 2004 and specialises in cloud accounting and supporting businesses to reach their growth potential.  Brought up in Shetland, she now lives in Macduff, where she is an active member of the community and a Ranger Guide leader.

She said: “We want to be the forerunners in the new digital accountancy era and my focus is to ensure that we are poised and ready for the upcoming and future changes.  Our team is fully experienced in cloud accounting and we have already made vast changes to cope with the upcoming digital tax changes and, as part of my new role, I’m looking forward to supporting businesses to adapt.  I also have a passion for working with family businesses, sole traders and small limited companies to help them to grow through the right accountancy support and guidance.”

Andrew Good, has been working as senior manager at the Peterhead office for just over a year.  Specialising in tax accountancy, he was with HMRC for 18 years before moving in to accountancy 12 years ago.  He has lived in the Peterhead area for 40 years.

He said: “I’m delighted to be appointed a director of SBP as it continues to progress with ambitious growth plans.  As a previous tax inspector, I have key skills which are valuable to our clients and I very much relish the challenge of working with a more extensive client base as we grow in all areas. As a director, I will be focussed on continuing to manage the quality of work and client relations, whilst approaching tax matters for clients in a format that people can understand, which is crucial as we head towards Making Tax Digital.”

The company, which works with a number of high profile north-east businesses, ranging from sole traders to corporate businesses, increased its customer base following a six-figure acquisition of Aberdeen business Norman Gray & Co last year.

It was the largest acquisition to date for SBP, which also bought over Andrew Philip Accountants in 2015 and the move increased the firm’s client fee turnover to circa £3.2million.  

The business currently has 46 employees and six partners across its four bases in Aberdeen, Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Banff.  

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