Mike is in charge of the accounting and assurance services of the firm.
Having qualified as a chartered accountant with an international firm in Newcastle in 1976, Mike was soon appointed a partner at Straughans to head up the audit team. He has since developed the audit practice of the firm which now deals with company audits, charities, solicitors, chartered surveyors, client money audits and pre-acquisition reviews.
Mike is a proud professional who has contributed fully to the affairs of the local professional society and as a result has cultivated many professional and business associations. As a result other local firms have used Mike’s services in an advisory capacity. The provision of an assurance service is not seen by Mike as being a dry compliance service but an opportunity to see what help can be given to a business and this is an approach that has lead to savings for a range of clients arising from rates rebates, property investments and significant insurance savings.
The compliance with the various accounting, auditing, tax and VAT laws are all part of business life which have to be dealt with and it is expected that this is done well. However, the opportunity then arises to use the vast amount of business experience accrued by Mike to the benefit of the client and to offer a signpost to the many other services that a business can benefit, such as business development, insurances, sources of appropriate finance, grant assistance and many others. It is this added value which is appreciated by clients large and small and which is reflected in the high number of long standing clients that Mike looks after.
In addition to this Mike has also dealt with a number of company sales and acquisitions and is experienced in liaising with the legal advisers in these situations. Mike has also developed a strong expertise in the area of charities and is recognised in the North East as having a strong track record in advising charities in a variety of situations, including in particular the incorporation and merging of charities.
Mike enjoys the variety that his professional career has to offer and the diverse challenges arise from it. A family man with North East roots and a grown up family, in his spare time he is known to enjoy playing bad golf, walking in Northumberland and the Lake District, skiing, sailing, and a good red wine.