Blunsdon House Hotel
A unique four star family run hotel based on the edge of the Cotswolds, which started as a B&B at Peter Clifford’s farmhouse in 1958. Morris Owen helped Peter with his farming accounts, and the firm has continued to work with the Clifford family through the 60 or so years since then as the hotel climbed through the ratings to become the first four star hotel in Wiltshire.
Dave Bond has looked after the accounts and business affairs of Blunsdon House for some twenty plus years: John Clifford, the MD of Blunsdon House since 1989, points out that through all the expansion and development, Morris Owen has provided a crucially important thread of continuity. He comments:
‘Building up this hotel has been a team effort, and Morris Owen have been with us all the way as part of that team’
John Clifford, Managing Director, Blunsdon House Hotel
‘One of the things Morris Owen help us with is the preparation of management accounts, Alan ensures that we focus on the numbers and on the results the business is driving. By doing this it ensures that we take time out of running the business and we make decisions that will make a difference in the future.
‘At the end of the day we are in a creative business. Alan grounds our flights of fancy in financial reality and so makes the business more profitable’
David Daw, Managing Director, Event
‘Back in 2002, the Managing director David Babington was looking for a more locally based, accessible firm of accountants. He turned to Morris Owen, whose partner Alan Barlow helped to put Improve in control of its own accounting systems. Since this date the group has experienced massive growth and Alan has supported the company to develop the financial side of the business and has brought his valuable business expertise.
In January 2015 David and his fellow shareholders sold the Improve group to Benchmark Holdings Plc who are market leaders in biotechnology and sustainable science. Alan and Morris Owen initially helped Improve with their financial integration into the Benchmark Holdings Group and continue to work with the company today, supporting the finance function and assisting with their budgeting and forecasting responsibilities..’
David Babington, Managing Director, Improve CPD
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