Hi there! I’m Samantha Stokes, the founder of Cooper Accounting. I launched my business in January 2020 after gaining the qualifications and experience I needed to run a successful accounting practice.
After running my own successful business in Calderdale, I recognised a passion within myself for numbers and collaboration with other entrepreneurs, and so took the decision to re-train as an Accountant in order to pass on my knowledge and experience to others.
Passion, experience, knowledge
Fuelled by a desire to help others thrive in business, I completed a three-year course to gain my AAT Accounting Qualification (Level 4), passing 16 exams along the way, all while raising a family.
I also completed numerous additional courses to further my knowledge, including becoming a Xero Certified Advisor and completing 4 Chartered Accountancy exams with the ACCA.
I supplemented my studies by gaining valuable industry experience with a well-respected Brighouse accountancy firm, managing aspects including bookkeeping, payroll and VAT returns, while more recently furthering my knowledge of the challenges being faced by local businesses with a significant period serving as Accounts Manager for a leading West Yorkshire-based industrial flooring business.
Named after my own golden retriever, who was a trusty companion during the early days of the business as I worked from home, Cooper Accounting is the result of that acquired passion, experience and knowledge.
Tackling modern challenges
Nobody could have predicted what would follow as the Coronavirus pandemic swept the UK a few short months after Cooper Accounting was established.
The effects of the pandemic, which saw many firms forced to close their doors temporarily and others go out of business completely, is enough to threaten the ambition of any young entrepreneur, but I recognised that the support Cooper Accounting could offer businesses would become more crucial than ever.
With a passion for helping business owners and sole traders equip themselves to meet challenges and grasp available opportunities, Cooper’s client base grew to include work with organisations from a wide range of sectors, and with a variety of challenges and ambitions.
Cooper Accounting has worked with entrepreneurs at the very start of their journey who require support turning their own passion into a viable operation, as well as more experienced operators eager to take the next steps on their journey or adapt to meet the ever-changing challenges of 2020.
Current clients include gym owners and personal trainers, café owners, plant nurseries, furniture manufacturers, maintenance engineers, hairdressers, builders and many more, working in all kinds of environments and facing all types of challenges.
A bespoke service
Cooper Accounting is able to offer a versatile suite of services that is easily scalable and adaptable in order to offer bespoke, value-for-money support to businesses and sole traders, either on an ad-hoc or regular basis.
But there are several key values underpinning all of the business’s output that have helped Cooper earn such a positive reputation within the local business community in such a short period of time.
The approach taken is informed by an excellent understanding of each customer’s bespoke needs, including knowledge of their industry and the challenges that are unique to it.
Great customer service, approachability and an unrivalled knowledge of local business are other strengths at the heart of this work, coupled with a genuine desire to see businesses grow and thrive.
Unlike many larger firms, Cooper Accounting offers a truly personal service that is reactive to tight deadlines and delivered with patience and understanding.
The business counts its customers from throughout Calderdale and beyond as friends, whether that’s Huddersfield florists or a Halifax sole trader account, with working relationships built on trust and shared objectives for success.
Because of this, relieving stress, curing headaches and empowering customers to switch their focus back onto running and growing their business has quickly become a speciality.
If you’re looking for an accountant in West Yorkshire that will go the extra mile for you and your business, with a service tailored to meet your precise requirements, or if you require broader business support and advice, then get in touch.
You can also visit our Latest News section to read our recent case studies and discover how Cooper Accounting is already working to support local businesses.
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