Leading South West firm Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants has been announced as an official Patron of Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.
The independent accountancy practice has 17 offices across Devon and Somerset and has played a prominent role in helping businesses improve their financial resilience in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thomas Westcott’s position as a Chamber Patron reflects its status as a regional leader and a supporter of thousands of businesses in the South West.
Patrons of the Chamber are some of the best-known and respected names in the business community. They are woven into the Chamber’s extensive lobbying activities and become one of the region’s principal voices.
Shona Godefroy, Managing Partner of Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants, said: “Becoming a Patron of Devon & Plymouth Chamber is a huge honour and a reflection of our commitment the region’s business community.
“Thomas Westcott has the largest network of accountancy offices in the South West, offering a wide range of sector and service specialisms to businesses, large and small. With 28 partners and more than 250 staff operating from 17 offices, we have supported a diverse range of businesses and individuals for more than 30 years. Throughout that time have remained passionate about supporting the communities in which we live and work.
“Our priority is to continue to support businesses across the South West and play a leading role in the future of the region.
“We see our Patronage of the Chamber as an important step in achieving this.”
Thomas Westcott’s role during the 2020 pandemic has seen it contribute heavily to the Chamber’s output, taking part in several of the Chamber Live virtual events dispensing invaluable advice on managing finances, and in particular cash flow, in the face of unprecedented conditions.
The Thomas Westcott team has also contributed in-depth articles to the Chamber’s Profile magazine designed to help business leaders, as well as useful bite-sized advice aimed at start-ups covering accountancy and tax in the inaugural Small Business Toolkit.
Chamber Chief Executive Stuart Elford said: “I am grateful to Thomas Westcott for the way its team have helped dozens of our members with financial matters in the Covid-19 crisis.
“It has served to illustrate the sheer breadth of the team’s knowledge and their position as Patron underlines just what an asset they are and will continue to be to our region’s businesses.
“Our Patrons play a unique role in developing the future of our region and the Chamber is far stronger with Thomas Westcott’s support and Patronage.”
Thomas Westcott acts for a wide variety of clients ranging from individual tax return cases to businesses operating in local, national and international markets.
The firm is committed to recruiting and retaining the very best people, ensuring clients are receive outstanding, highly-customised service.
Thomas Westcott Director Adam Croney added: “We believe the South West is one of the best places to do business, with so many reasons to celebrate.
“We are genuinely excited to be part of so many innovative organisations and helping them grow and be part of their journey.
“Together with the Chamber we believe that in the months and years ahead we will be able to build a brighter future for business and make the South West an even more enterprising region than it already is.”