Building Business in Basildon: How Rickard Luckin are supporting growth in the district
You may not be aware that, alongside our long-established offices in Southend and Chelmsford, Rickard Luckin has also been building a strong presence in the Basildon business community over the past ten years.
Our Basildon office was originally launched in 2006 on the Southfields Business Park with a team of just eight people offering general accounting and auditing services.
Over the last decade, we have steadily worked with local businesses, professional contacts, Basildon District Council and various community groups to build our presence and service offering in the town.
Despite the recession and volatile UK economy during this period, we have grown steadily year on year and so in November 2016, we moved to Phoenix House, Christopher Martin Road, with a team of thirty-five now based in Basildon.
We now have a dedicated corporate and personal tax team; business services and payroll team working alongside our core audit and accounts team in Basildon. Our new office opening also saw the launch of our brand new small business unit offering online accounting services to new start ups and small businesses in the county.
Our new office opening in November was subtle and low-key following our mantra of actions speak louder than words. No grand red ribbon openings – we simply treated our team to Champagne and Chinese food to celebrate!
In Rickard Luckin’s case, it was – and still is – very important to build strong links in the local community. We successfully achieved this by researching other businesses in the Basildon area; not only to find out more about potential new clients, but also to establish where we might be able to forge positive connections and opportunities for collaboration.
We now organise regular business community get-togethers, such as our bi-monthly networking events at Club Kingswood which we co-host with NatWest, Kemsley and Birkett Long; and our annual charity carol concert in collaboration with another leading firm, Palmers Solicitors which supports St. Luke’s Hospice.
Creating an environment people are proud to work in
In planning our new office, our focus was in creating a friendly and modern working environment with welcoming surroundings that our clients would want to visit, and our staff would enjoy working in.
Visitors to our Phoenix House office will find a bright, clean-lined, open-plan environment with airy, yet private meeting rooms geared up with the latest technology to offer online accounting demonstrations and business workshops.
Rickard Luckin’s friendly branding colours and modern image resonate throughout the office whilst the open office environment means that our personal and professional style is always there to see.
Not only are visitors able to see for themselves that we are passionate about our work, our open-plan office is ideal for collaborating across our service line teams to ensure we always providing holistic advice to our clients (although we are not quite at the level of Google-style beanbags and ‘hangout areas’ just yet!).
If you would like to talk more about our flexible and forward thinking approach – or perhaps want to pop into our Basildon office to meet for a coffee and piece of cake – simply contact Kate Bell.