100 Club: Victoria Wainwright, managing director of Naylor Wintersgill

Victoria Wainwright is the managing director of Naylor Wintersgill Chartered Accountants.

She is a member of the Bradford 100 Club, a patronage scheme for individuals who are motivated to make a difference in the city.

Here, she discusses what she loves about the city, and why she’s involved in the foundation.

What do you like most about Bradford?
It’s a vibrant city with a distinct mix of unique heritage and innovation. Recent analysis by Barclays named Bradford as the best city in the UK to start a new business and as a Bradford based business ourselves, we’re proud to support our clients at every stage of their business journey. As their trusted advisor, we’re not only helping our clients get their business ventures up and running but as partners with the leading cloud accounting software providers Xero and QuickBooks, we’re making it easier for them to ensure their business growth in the City stays on track.
What do you think are the key challenges the district faces?
Bradford has the largest population of young people aged under 18 in the country. As the youngest city in the UK, engaging with and inspiring these young people is key to ensuring skills are sought locally to drive inclusive growth for Bradford. At NW, we take our impact on the community seriously and as an approved training office regularly engage with schools, colleges and other organisations to influence a future work force that’s ready for local employment.

What issues are important to you and your business?
The accessibility of job opportunities for young people in the local area is important to us and we’re keen to address the skills shortage in our sector. We have been offering an apprenticeship programme to develop talent in Bradford for over 27 years and were the first accountancy firm nationally to be accredited with ‘Putting the Customer First®’ – the national standard for customer service. Part of this assessment focuses on our people, our recruitment methods and how our team continually develop their skills to provide the best service to our clients.

Why did you decide to join the Bradford 100 Club?  
Naylor Wintersgill has been part of the Bradford business community for over 100 years now and it’s one of the ways we can continue to support and help to promote equality and diversity the city. It has also provided us with a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with other like-minded businesses and grow our network.

What community issues are important to you and/or your organisation?
It’s important for us to do what we can for local initiatives and charities as many of these provide support in some of the most deprived areas of the district. We actively encourage our team to get involved in fundraising through our chosen charity of the year – Cancer Support Yorkshire and previously local homeless charity The Bradford Soup Run. As a corporate partner to charity One In A Million, we’re also keen to help break the cycles of deprivation for children and young people in Bradford.

Finally, if you could also let me know why you think #GiveBradford Together Stronger is so important, summed up in a few sentences we’d love to hear that too.  

Naylor Wintersgill is proud to be involved in the #GiveBradford Together Stronger campaign which enables businesses and individuals to join forces with others to have a real impact on the lives of those living in the Bradford community and facilitate change for the future.