Supporting you with experienced staff
“We have the right skills for the people and businesses we serve and we make significant investment in the quality of our staff and systems to ensure the service we provide develops in parallel with our growth and at the same time helps our clients grow” – Paul Capewell, Executive Magazine (May 2013). Paul Capewell and Ernest Smart head up our team of senior qualified accountants, trainee accountants and specialists in bookkeeping, payroll and VAT. We look forward to meeting you and working together to support you and your business.
Paul Capewell BSc (Econ), FCA
Paul qualified in 1999, and worked in practice both north and south of the border before joining A9 Accountancy in 2008. He was appointed a partner in 2010.
Paul looks after a wide range of clients, and particularly enjoys helping clients with cash flow forecasts, business plans and tax planning, and performing business valuations. He also holds the Responsible Individual qualification for audit purposes, and has appeared on Newsnight Scotland and various webcasts discussing financial issues pertinent to the Highlands.
Ernest Smart LLB, FCA
Ernest qualified with a mid-tier Leicester firm in 1983, moving the following year to a big four firm where he spent 15 years. During this time, he became a partner, specialising in Financial Services. In 1999, he joined another big four firm as partner before leaving to pursue his farming interests in 2002. Ernest returned to practice in the Black Isle in 2007, joined A9 Accountancy in 2010, and was appointed as a partner in February 2011.
Ernest’s commercial experience in running his own business, combined with his understanding of finance and in-depth knowledge of the UK tax system, enable him to provide pertinent advice on a wide range of issues to clients of all sizes.
Heather Young BA, CA, CTA
Heather qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 and as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 2005 whilst working for a top twenty accountancy firm in Inverness. During her thirteen years at this firm Heather became Senior Manager working in both the accounts and tax departments. Her role involved reviewing accounts and tax returns for sole traders, partnerships and companies in various industries and undertaking tax planning projects. In 2012 Heather joined a smaller firm in the Black Isle where she continued in a similar role. Heather joined A9 in June 2015 and became a partner in April 2016.