Harlands continue with exciting growth plans

Published by Alison Gittins

DBC member Harlands Accountants, tax consultants and business advisors have added another member to their team by bringing in David Cudlip as Head of their accounts and audit team. David joined Harlands Accountants LLP from RHK replica handbags Business Advisers LLP in April 2014, having forged a strong reputation as a highly ambitious up and coming advisor within the local business community.

David has a wide range of skills and experience and has worked with a variety of SME Limited Company and High Net Worth clients including Money remitters, Investment bankers, Architects, Professional sports stars, Actors & Politicians. One of David’s most notable achievements was successfully securing a £1m EIS finance raise for a London based client.

david harlandsIn his spare time, David is a keen sportsman and has competed in a half marathon and a triathlon in the previous 12 months. He is also a keen Golfer and loves a round of golf on a sunny day at his home course, Stocksfield. Having recently moved to the area, he enjoys taking his dogs on long walks to take advantage of the fantastic scenery on offer.

“My time at RHK was invaluable in my progression as an accountant. The firm is tax-driven, which gave me the opportunity to hone my advisory skills with some fantastic clients in a range of industries”

Armed with some ambitious growth plans, Harlands saw David as the ideal person to take the core Audit and Accountancy services to the next level.

“It was obvious from my first meeting with Glyn Davison that Harlands have come a long way since the Management buy out in 2007. What really interested me was that this was only the start of their growth plans. I was convinced from our first meeting that there was a strong culture fit between myself and the rest of Harlands management team and it was obvious that the relationship was going to work.”

Since joining the replica handbags business, David has been heavily involved in driving operational efficiencies between all core service departments. Managing Director, Glyn Davison noted;

“David has a real passion for reviewing how businesses operate and analysing how they can improve. We have really enjoyed how he applied this concept to Harlands, which has been a great tool in learning how the business operates and how we can look to improve to compete at the next level. “

Some practises value academic qualifications or experience as the deciding factor but it’s obvious to David that the team at Harlands have been selected primarily on attitude.

“It is evident in that there is a strong relationships and partnership between the team and our clients, which I believe really sets us apart from our competitors. I’ve always been a firm detractor of micro-management and the business model at Harland’s supports this. My role is not necessarily to come up with great ideas but to inspire our team to develop their own eureka moments. Let me tell you now – we’ve had a quite a few!”

It’s an exciting time for the Consett and Aycliffe based accountancy firm who have invested heavily in their brand, marketing, team and systems over the past 12 months. There is a real expectation that this will enable them to sustain the strong growth experienced in the previous 3 years.

David’s recruitment will also allow him to act for a number of existing Harlands clients as their advisor, whilst also looking to develop his client base in line with Harlands ambitious growth plans.