Services - Audit & Assurance
We believe we offer something different from the competition and so do our clients - we won Auditor of the Year for mid-tier firms in the FDs' Excellence Awards 2011. The award is particularly special as our clients nominated us, without our knowledge. Broadcaster and journalist, Peter Sissons commented:
"...with a score of nearly nine-out-of-ten for quality of service, Francis Clark's client FDs' have awarded the highest marks ever for an audit firm".
Our audit teams are truly partner-led and we adopt a personal hands-on approach to the relationship.
We work closely with our clients all year round as a trusted adviser and business partner. We believe it is important to understand our clients' operations, their industry and the issues they face and to provide them with relevant and value added advice on an ongoing basis.
We act for a wide range of clients across the UK from small companies seeking voluntary audits to AIM listed companies, including some high profile organisations. We act for more of the South West’s leading businesses than any other regional firm.
In addition, our audit services cover:
- International groups (as group or component auditor)
- Charities and other not for profit organisations
- Academy schools
- Pension schemes
- Reports on law firms under the SRA Accounts Rules
- Reports to grant providers
Our audit teams also provide a range of other assurance services as required.
We see our audit client relationship as much more than a once a year event. We engage proactively with our clients during the year whether on technical changes and developments or business issues. We ensure appropriate input from partners at an early stage to pre-empt issues and to deal with them. We are committed to regular communication and planning with our clients to avoid surprises late in the audit process.
We hold regular briefings for clients, including biannual Finance Director Seminars, to keep our clients abreast of all relevant technical changes and issues relating to financial reporting and corporate governance. These are also good networking events for business leaders.
As part of our audit we aim to identify and recommend improvements on systems and internal controls to help businesses manage and reduce risk and operate more efficiently.
We are committed to audits of high quality, delivered by teams with high technical standards and enthusiasm. Our audits are efficient, effective and value-added which comes from recruiting, training and developing staff of the highest calibre. Our audit staff gain experience across a broad range of audit clients and are not limited to working in narrow sector groups. Our computerised audit approach and investment in technology enables us to deliver integrated accounting and auditing services.
We regularly seek client feedback to allow us to enhance our performance and the way we undertake audit planning in the future.
Our audit teams also offer financial reporting advice and solutions under UK and International Financial Reporting Standards both to our audit clients and as a support service to finance teams within entities audited by other firms.
As a firm we have the widest range of experts in the South West which enables us to provide a complete service offering on a regional cost base.