As those of you who attended the Darlington Business Club virtual monthly meeting last week will know, I have just been appointed as the newest Director of the Club. I’d like to thank Jayson and Valerie for thinking of me and I am really looking forward to working with them.
I already know a lot of our members from attending the monthly events, but I thought it would be useful if I wrote a little introduction for those who don’t know me.
I joined a Stockton accountancy firm straight after my A-Levels and qualified with them as a Chartered Certified Accountant before going on to qualify as a Chartered Tax Adviser and an Associate of the Institute of Indirect Taxation as I moved towards a specialism in VAT.
In 2018, after 20 years in employment, I made the decision to set up my own company, providing specialist VAT advice to firms of accountants, businesses, and charities. I rent an office at the wonderful Business Central in Darlington and am really looking forward to getting back there as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
As I had not previously been based in Darlington, I felt it was important to get to know people in the local business community. One of the first events I found to attend was the Darlington Business Club monthly meeting at Mowden Park Rugby Club. I always find it a bit nerve-racking walking into a networking event, but I was made to feel very welcome from the outset and enjoyed the event immensely. So much, in fact, that I joined the club the very next day (the fact the Christmas do was imminent was also a factor!).
Since then, I have tried to attend most of the monthly events and have lots of friends who I initially met at the Club. During lockdown, the virtual meetings have also been a great way of keeping in touch with everyone and feeling less isolated.
We are at an exciting point for the future of the club as we come to grips with the technology for virtual meetings and consider how we can use this to enhance the member experience (alongside the physical meetings which I am looking forward to getting back to once it is safe to do so).
The great thing about Darlington Business Club is that it is run for the benefit of its members. We want you to feel part of it and we want to do what we can to make sure you get the most out of it. To that end, we are currently drafting a survey to try to get an idea of what our members want from the Club so look out for that dropping in your inbox over the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have any comments you would like to make, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Sharon and Jeff for all of the hard work they put in during their time as Directors. It will be a tough act to follow but I hope I can do them proud.