Key senior appointment made by Cannock based business

AGary Powell Cannock Colour

An expanding Cannock-based business advisory firm has made a key senior appointment to help Black Country businesses maximise their potential.

Gary Powell has joined Baldwins’ office on Rumer Hill Road – which advises 1,000 of the region’s businesses – as a partner, and will work alongside fellow partners Chris Blue and Kevin Preece in helping SME firms to navigate barriers to growth while identifying growth opportunities.

Gary, 36, joined Baldwins ten years ago as a client manager, seven years of which were spent based in Walsall, and has 20 years’ industry experience of advising businesses on wide ranging queries from tax relief and reporting VAT to accessing relevant banking and finance services.

“The year-on-year client growth in our Cannock office is currently being driven by the manufacturing and engineering sectors in the region, and the challenge for us is to ensure all businesses are tapping into financial incentives on offer,” Gary said.

“It is common for us to see manufacturers and engineers carrying out complex research and development, unaware that they are entitled to varying degrees of funding and reliefs to aid their work.

“The countdown is also on for businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (£85,000) to be reporting their VAT digitally by April 2019 – and demand from business owners on how to prepare for this legislative change is also driving growth for us.

“We are also going through a period of uncertain change because of Brexit, so we are also urging businesses to cover all bases and make contingency plans for different outcomes.

“I’m looking forward to working with Black Country businesses over the coming months and leading our team of 15 staff.”

Ed Hill is the regional managing partner for Baldwins in Cannock.

He added: “Gary has unrivalled knowledge of the Black Country business community having successfully helped thousands of businesses since joining us ten years ago, so this promotion is well deserved.

“His journey from client manager to partner demonstrates the potential to have a long lasting and fulfilling career within the Baldwins Group, and we hope it inspires others to follow in his footsteps.”