Affable and approachable … but with a serious business edge.
That is the philosophy that is working wonders for thriving accountancy specialists Pat Passmore and Cath Bailey, who have found a winning formula since stepping foot inside Ewood Park.
The dynamic Padiham duo left their roles with a multi-million pound corporation to go it alone when they set up Office Girls Ltd. at Blackburn Rovers Enterprise Centre.
In less than eight months, they have built up a client base of over 20, have teamed up with another company, upgraded to a bigger office and have just taken on their first member of staff.
“As the old adage goes, ‘we should have done this years ago!’,” says Pat, who has been in the industry since the age of 16.
“We were both working for a multi-million pound group, who had a number of companies, and we gained a lot of valuable experience, but the dream of starting our own business never went away.
“We opened up as Office Girls in September last year, initially working from home with just one client on board, before taking the plunge and moving here to the Enterprise Centre two months later.
“Since then, our client base has grown so much, we moved into a much bigger office in May and have teamed up with a Chartered Accountants from Lancaster, who were looking to branch out into East Lancashire.
“They were confident that they could enhance our business, just as we could enhance theirs. Consequently, we can now offer bookkeeping, tax planning, pension advice, credit control – the full package – and it is really paying off.
“But we don’t just do accounts, we streamline and restructure things. We are very proactive with our customers, in order to help their business grow and move forward.
“We have developed a bit of a reputation – if your accounts are in a mess, go to the Office Girls and they’ll sort you out. The amount of business we’ve had through word of mouth has been phenomenal.
For more information about the services offered by Office Girls please call them on 01254 841766
. Or for more information about the facilities available for businesses at Blackburn Rovers Enterprise Centre please visit www.brfcec.co.uk