Edmund Carr

Founded in 1953, we are a well established firm of Chartered Accountants in Chelmsford offering a comprehensive range of business advice and accountancy services to individuals and businesses throughout the South East and beyond.

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Colin Barker

Time seems to have really flown by and it does not seem that it is nearly 2 years ago that I joined Edmund Carr.  I guess that it is always the case when you are busy and enjoying your new surroundings.

Initially when I joined, my main focus was on continuing to deliver an excellent service to all the clients that had followed me from my previous firm.  As time has gone by I have joined the marketing team and now deal with a significant proportion of new enquiries that come to the firm from our website, internet searches or referrals from existing clients or contacts.   It is always great to meet new people as well as continuing to enjoy and develop relationships with existing clients.

My children are both in their 20’s and so my spare time has, for a while, been spent enjoying holidays or time with my wife.  We are both involved with a local church and as well as this we also both enjoy singing. For me this is mainly at Karaoke nights but my wife takes this further. Working in an office limits the opportunities to break out into song without supplying earplugs to everyone but I can often be heard singing along to a CD or the radio in my car as I arrive at or leave the office.

I am also a keen supporter and proud season ticket holder of Chelmsford City Football club, having been born in Chelmsford and followed the Clarets from the mid 60’s (the ‘glory days’).  I am still hopeful that I will see them rise to the Football League.

As a firm, Edmund Carr has continued to grow year by year right through the recessionary times of the last few years.  Whilst this clearly is an excellent achievement, the partners have remained focussed on delivering an efficient service to their clients and keep their eyes firmly ‘on the ball’ and have never become complacent about this trend continuing without the necessary effort being put in.  Although each partner has their own distinctive portfolio of clients, we also work closely together as a team and this has been important to me.  Regular meetings of partners ensure that decisions are taken as a whole and not just by one or two.

For the future, we will be extending our bookkeeping and management accounts services and this will largely be based on Cloud software so that both we and our clients can access the financial data they need to on a day to day basis.  I see this as essential for clients to make decisions based on information that is both up to date and reliable.

Finally as November is upon us, I have succumbed to the challenge of growing a moustache.  Hopefully this will raise some funds for the Movember Foundation, the men’s health charity, and not cause too much hysterical laughter in the office or at home! If you would like to sponsor me, please let me know