Cardens Accountants LLP has recently been approved by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) to undertake public sector audits. This is a fantastic opportunity for a local firm to make a difference to its community. Being accepted onto the register is a huge achievement and recognition of the quality of staff employed by Cardens. They are now able to rival the big players within a very restricted market, showing you don’t have to be a large national firm to be able to deliver great service.
Cardens Accountants LLP is based in Hove, with a 50-strong workforce. Unlike big national audit firms in large cities who have been approved for this work in the past, Cardens will resource this work locally. There will not be long-stay-away periods required for their staff. This increases their productivity and makes for a happier workforce and a happy client.
Cardens offer very competitive fees for this work, giving value for money to an already overstretched public economy. NHS and Local Government will not be paying the London rates of the ‘big four’ audit firms, coupled with additional travel expenses. Being local they are on hand to deal quickly with issues – providing the service needed when clients want it.
Hannah Champion, the approved Key Audit Partner for this work at Cardens, has been working with the public sector since 2003, firstly with the Audit Commission and then with a ‘big four’ accountancy firm. She has extensive local knowledge of public sector bodies in Sussex, the challenges they face and the connections between those bodies.
In order to be eligible to tender for public sector work the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) undertake a rigorous vetting process to ensure the firm and the key audit partner within that firm have the relevant experience to be able to carry out this type of work.
Cardens Accountants LLP has recently been approved to tender for public service audits. It is the only independent firm in England to achieve this.