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Bridge toll cut leads to growth
A reduction in the Humber Bridge tolls is being credited with a marked rise in business at a northern Lincolnshire accountancy practice.
RNS Chartered Accountants has seen a 25% year-on-year growth at its Barton office following the halving of the toll to £1.50 18 months ago.
Manager at RNS’s Barton office Sarah Johnsen (second left) and Carol Clayton (right) with partners Alex Douglas and Jenny Camm.
The firm’s High Street premises are also a base for the Yorkshire Building Society and the aim is to attract more North Bank clients because of its convenient location.
Manager Sarah Johnsen said the business growth was highlighted following an assessment of RNS’ two years in Barton. It adopted the Stephenson Smart and Co offices when it took over the firm in October 2011.
“We have experienced a steady increase in business since the switch to RNS but the last 12 months has seen the rate of growth accelerate,” she said.
“I live in Barton and know the reduction in the toll has changed my habits.
“Now, you don’t really think about paying £3 to go there and back like you did when it was £6.
“It’s the same for people coming over here. Clients in East Riding and west Hull are telling us it is more convenient to pop in and use the Yorkshire Building Society services here than travel into the city.
“They’re also picking up the fact that, as well as an office for YBS, we offer a full range of accountancy services at cost-effective rates.”
Sarah, a former pupil at Barton County Junior School (now Castledyke Primary) and Baysgarth, has worked at the offices from leaving school 30 years ago.
Colleague Carol Clayton started at the office before that so, between them, they are extremely well known in the town.
“Hopefully, we’re seen as friendly faces and both enjoy providing a quality service. I think that sets us apart and we’ve not looked back since the RNS takeover.”
Associate partner Alex Douglas, who works out of the Barton office, said the growth was welcomed.
“Nobody knew what the impact of reducing the tolls would be but we are experiencing a clear pattern of increased business from North Bank clients,” he said.
“We know we compete favourably with larger city firms and the word is clearly spreading.
“It may only be a small office in Barton but it offers a big range of services.”
RNS, established 80 years ago, also has offices in nearby Brigg and Scunthorpe.
For more details, please contact Sarah or Alex on Barton (01652) 655111.
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