We have been working with Smith Coopers for over 18 months and have found their service and support absolutely invaluable since our conversion to a Multi Academy Trust.
Our first contact with Smith Cooper occurred some 8 months prior to our conversion. They provided some free preliminary guidance to the Federation regarding some of the pitfalls of academy conversion. We found this initial contact to be very beneficial and supportive in our planning, management and implementation of the conversion process.
They undertake our internal and external audit producing our statutory accounts. We have found the team led by Sarah to be excellent; they have been outstanding in their support to us during the first year. They have supported our EfA submissions, provided VAT, audit and general advice. The biggest compliment we can pay them is the collaborative relationship that has developed between us since the conversion, we are not considered a “Cash cow”. We know any help or support is a phone call away. We are aware of other services that Smith Copper offer and we are looking to transfer further support services to them, for example pay-roll.
Because of the strong relationship that has been created, we would highly recommend Smith Cooper to any school considering conversion to Academy status. We are more than happy for you to contact us direct should you wish to discuss the service provided to us.