Angela Le Baigue, owner of Chantillie House, discusses how working with David Allen has implemented organisation and focus for her wider business as well accounts.
I have been working with David Allen for three years now, predominantly working with the Dumfries Office. I first heard about the David Allen Group on a radio advert and I used to listen to David Allen’s voice daily. During my research of the David Allen Group I noticed how much the firm had grown over such a small amount of time and I wanted me and my business to be a part of that growth.
David Allen is extremely personable and no matter how big or small your company is we are all equally important to him. Having an accountant that strives to listen and help you in areas you don’t understand is a huge bonus as you feel like you have a team of accountants within your own firm.
It’s reassuring to know that when my business grows, David Allen can provide all the services I might need. I currently use their accountancy service, but I am looking into their financial services offering too.
Working with David Allen has made me much more organised and focused on my business. I no longer need to worry about my accounts which gives me the time to grow my business and I have big business improvements in the pipeline, from creating a new shopping experience on my website to producing a new candle range.
Amy Muirhead, the Manager of the Dumfries office is a gem to work with and she takes a real interest in my business and what I am doing. Pamela Conner, who completes my VAT returns for me, certainly keeps me on the straight and narrow.
Chantillie House offers an interior design service which consists of planning, room design and colour inspiration. The most exciting part of the job is sourcing for clients, and with hundreds of fabric, wallpaper and furniture suppliers, there is a lot to choose from. We also make beautiful curtains and blinds. I love creating unusual and different designs, sourcing products from many countries, which helps me pull together a unique look with products that are not readily available online or from a shop.
I am happy to say that my business wasn’t really affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and I actually noticed a rise in people looking at improving their homes. I did receive a local grant from the government which I was then able to use to purchase stock and keep the business going. Amy Muirhead was amazing during lockdown, ensuring I knew what I was eligible for and if it wasn’t for Amy, I wouldn’t have investigated the grants further.