Cheshire tax consultancy announces plans to open in Manchester


A Cheshire tax consultancy has announced plans to open a new office in Spinningfields in the New Year.

ETC Tax, which has also recently undergone a rebrand, has previously worked with clients in and around the city centre from its head office in Cheshire.

Managing director Angela Wood said that opening an office in the city centre was seen as an “obvious next move” for the business, which currently employs 14 staff.

Mrs Wood said that having undergone a period of rapid growth the firm has big ambitions.

She added: “Manchester is a great city to do business in. There is such a buzz about the city at the moment, and its infectious. Put simply, we wanted to be part of that.”

Mrs Wood confirmed that she also hoped that an office in Manchester would lead to new jobs.

She said: “As we look to expand and grow the business further, we are hoping that as well as helping to raise our profile in the North West, a Manchester office will assist us in what is currently a very competitive recruitment marketplace.

“An ever-increasing tax burden being placed on Britain’s small businesses and their owners, means that demand for ETC’s services is on the rise, and the business has trebled its client numbers in the last year alone.”

Due to this period of rapid growth, the firm has taken on a number of new staff over the last few months, many of whom have joined from much larger firms such as KPMG, Grant Thornton, Baker Tilly and RSM.

Mrs Wood explained that she felt this was “an indication of the nationwide reputation which we have been building not just with clients, but also in the tax world generally.”

She added that an office in Manchester could assist with continuing to attract high calibre people.

The new work the firm has secured is spread across a wide range of business and private client tax issues and opportunities.

The wide variety of work being completed by ETC’s tax advisers has also led to a second significant development for the firm, namely its recent change of name and rebrand.

Founder and technical director Andy Wood said the type of work undertaken by the firm  – which was previously known as Enterprise Tax Consultants –  had changed a lot since the business was launched in 2013.

“The huge demand for high quality affordable tax advice means that we have found ourselves offering a much wider range of tax services than we had previously anticipated.

“Whilst we are 100% confident in our ability to deliver the range of tax services that our clients demand, we felt that our name no longer reflected who we were as a business, and the sheer volume and type of variety of tax work we now undertake, especially now we have a much larger team in place.”

Andy added: “The last year has been something of a landmark for our business, both in terms of the volume of work which we’ve handled and the calibre of staff who we’ve been able to attract.”

“We obviously want to build on the success we have had so far, and we see the combined effect of both a new brand for our business and a Manchester office as being crucial to that continued success.”