Marie Ayers FCCA

Marie Ayers FCCA

5th August, 2021, Melanie Harriss

Marie Ayers

Marie Ayers is a manager at our office. Marie joined Stephenson Smart in 2019 as a fully qualified accountant.

She supports various types of clients with their annual accounts and tax returns.

Marie has her roots in Lowestoft where she lives with her husband, Phil. They both enjoy running and are coaches for the .  Marie and Phil also completed the National Three Peaks Challenge in 2021 with other members of in aid of .

Senior Accountant – Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Office: Stephenson Smart

12th May, 2021, Melanie Harriss

Senior Accountant – Great Yarmouth

Stephenson Smart Accountants are looking for a confident and capable individual to support the office in delivering exceptional quality services to our clients.

As a Senior Accountant you will work with the management team to utilise resources to meet the needs of the client and meet internal and external deadlines. You will have standards of quality, accuracy and relevance and demonstrate a robust understanding.  You will also be expected to identify new business opportunities, be proactive and build good working relationships with those you work with, at all levels.

Interested candidates should read the job description and person specification prior to submitting an application.

How to apply for this role:

If you are interested in applying for this post please send your CV and accompanying letter to . Your application should identify two people from which references can be obtained.

Stephenson Smart accountants marks continued growth with two new roles

Kerry Williams and Alex Salmon, Associate Directors at Stephenson Smart

17th December, 2020, Stephenson Smart

Stephenson Smart accountants has introduced Associate Directors for the first time in a history that .

and , who are based in East Coast House at Beacon Park in Gorleston, were offered the new roles prior to the emergence of Covid 19 and assumed the positions during the first nationwide lockdown to provide extra support for concerned businesses in the wake of the virus.

Alex, 32, a Chartered Accountant, is supporting Great Yarmouth office Partner , while Kerry, 29, a Chartered Tax Advisor, is advising on a broad range of complex tax topics across the company’s six offices as a .

Their appointments come as the firm marks 100 years since opening the first office in , and five years since Stephenson Smart became established in , following former office owner, BDO’s, exit from the area.

Alex, who lives in Lowestoft, gained his ACA qualification in 2014 and worked for BDO before the Great Yarmouth office was transferred to Stephenson Smart in April 2015. Kerry qualified as a Chartered Accountant in August 2017 and became a Chartered Tax Advisor in January 2019.

“It has been an extremely difficult time for many of our clients and it is key for them to know that we are here to provide support,” said Alex.

“Kerry and I are very proud to take up our new positions. Our aim is to support and help clients through many difficult transitions and processes, from redundancy to business start-ups and recovery.

“The number of referrals has really grown over the five years we have been operating from Great Yarmouth, we have 26 developing trainees across the company and now is the time to really drive the business forward when people need us the most.”

Kerry guides clients through and research and development claims to ensure maximum tax relief is obtained and informs them of any pending tax changes to assist with tax planning, such as the new for the disposal of residential property.

She said: “Part of my remit is advisory work on both an internal and external level. I assist colleagues with any queries they have, while supporting our clients with tax questions and planning opportunities on a broad range of topics, from to succession planning and corporate restructures.

“I also deal with all of the tax returns for our clients here in the Great Yarmouth office, which I really enjoy and will still undertake,” she said.

Henry Pettitt, partner at the office, said the addition of two Associate Directors for the company was testament to the considerable growth of the branch and the talent available in the company.

“We were the sixth office of Stephenson Smart to open this time five years ago and to date we have a workforce of 21, 10 are trainees and 11 are under the age of 30.

“We have worked hard to build up a team of accountants, who are experienced in a multitude of areas. Alex and Kerry are extremely dedicated, have a thorough knowledge of the industry and are the perfect candidates to fill these two fresh roles.

“It is a very challenging time for all at the moment and we have made sure information about all of the government support for businesses has been made available for viewing and across social media, as well as making more personal contact with clients who either request our involvement or we believe could benefit from our expertise.”


Great Yarmouth

Stephenson Smart Great Yarmouth Office

4th December, 2020, Stephenson Smart

Stephenson Smart accountants opened an office at Beacon Park in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth in 2015.

The team there include partner, and two , and .

acts for a wide variety of clients in all sectors and has experience in delivering a broad range of services including advising on and , and the maximisation of reliefs.

has a passion for tax, and specialises in , and planning, company restructures, and the preparing of Wills. Kerry also assists with tax advice on overseas matters, indirect taxes and oversees the preparation of self-assessment tax returns.

looks after hundreds of clients in a broad range of industries ranging from local start-ups to established owner managed companies. As well as the accountancy side, the advice Alex undertakes covers both personal and corporate tax, and CIS.

Kerry Williams ACA CTA

Kerry Williams ACA CTA: Great Yarmouth

1st April, 2020, Stephenson Smart

Kerry, a Chartered Tax Advisor, is one of the new Associate Directors at Stephenson Smart.

She has a passion for tax, and specialises in , and planning, , and the preparing of Wills.

Kerry also assists with tax advice on overseas matters, indirect taxes and oversees the preparation of self-assessment tax returns.

Originally from Nottinghamshire, she studied Law with American Law at the University of East Anglia, which took her to Birmingham, Alabama for a study year.

Kerry graduated in 2013 and set down roots in Norfolk.

She is a National Trust fan and loves visiting historical houses and gardens. Her other passion is travelling, with trips to Australia and New Zealand on her bucket list.

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