​The Business Growth
Accounta​​​​​nt

​TRANSFORM YOUR ACCOUNTANCY PRACTICE INTO A PROFITABLE AND VALUABLE ADVISORY BUSINESS

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Steph Hinds Queen of the Cloud, Growthwise

“It's jam-packed with insights on what you need to do to take your accounting business from where you are today, to where you want to be in the future. It's a must read, but more importantly, must action.”

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Greg Smargiassi Managing Director, OurCFO, Australia

‘If you’re serious about growing and developing your accounting business, then Paul Shrimpling’s book is essential reading. Don’t just read it, take action. Do nothing at your own peril.’

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Ronald J. Baker Radio Show Host, The Soul of Enterprise: Business in the Knowledge Economy, and auther of the best selling Implementing Value Pricing: A Radical Business Model for Professsional Firms

The Business Growth Accountant is a treasure trove of advice on how to move your firm up the value curve – by giving your customers the services they need and want. In addition to Paul Shrimpling’s sage advice – and here I will reveal my bias – be sure to pay particular attention to three more Pauls quoted in the book: the late Paul O’Byrne, RIP, and his partner, Paul Kennedy, who continues to run what I believe is the most innovative accounting firm in the world, O’Byrne & Kennedy; and, of course, Paul Dunn, the man who blazed the trail and helped thousands of firms fulfill the transformational journey that is energetically articulated throughout this book.

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Alex Davis Business Development, UK QuickBooks

“For any firm that is looking at staying ahead of the inevitable ‘march of automation’, this is the book for you.

Sharing knowledge and facts is no longer the role of the advisor, Google will do that far better. Your ability to remain relevant in the new digital age will depend on your skills in questioning, building rapport and connecting with your clients at a far deeper level.

As machines get better at answering questions… you need to get better at asking them. Paul’s book shows you just how to do that.”

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Cameron John Global Director of Accountant Partners, Sage

The Business Growth Accountant is a comprehensive, plain-speaking guide to profitability and advisory business growth. Many theorise about this – Paul tells you how!

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Clive Wilson Director, Landmark Chartered Accountants, England

“Just read Paul’s book through and found it to be very engaging and, in places, challenging (in a good way). I think the footnotes with links to online material really add to the value and I really liked the section on “Numbers To Grow By”. Lots of material there that I will use. I thought the Rugby story was a particularly excellent example of how changing the scoring (measuring) can change behaviour.”

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Nigel Bennett Managing Director, Hallidays Chartered Accountants, England

“Brilliant. I have sent this book out to the board of directors and all our team leaders.

The timing of this book is excellent as I have just started HIT (Hallidays Internal Training) which is a course on training client facing team members on how to be a great business advisor (not an accountant). This book reinforces and supports the learning in this programme. It is going to be essential reading for everyone attending.

This is incredibly valuable. I thought the chapter on questions was really interesting as I hadn’t come across question frameworks before (maybe some of us don’t need them!) and I think this will be a really useful chapter for the team members who choose to move from accountant to advisor.

I 100% endorse everything Paul talks about in this book – It felt strangely as if he’d been rummaging around in my mind and pulling loads of stuff out and putting it on paper!

But to summarise…

…essential reading for any accountant who truly cares about their clients and has a burning desire to do something to help clients more. The No 1 handbook for moving from accountant to (growth) advisor.”

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Shaz Nawaz ACA, Director, AA Accountants, England

“I worked with Paul for a number of years. He was coach, consultant, adviser, friend and trusted aide all at the same time. Paul’s knowledge, experience and expertise of the accountancy profession is simply brilliant.

He helped transform our firm and I’m forever indebted to him for all his support. I’m thrilled that Paul has written this book where he openly and transparently shares key insights into how to create an exceptional accountancy firm.

I think the book is a must-read for all accountants who are serious about running a remarkable practice.”

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Amanda Fisher CFO and Mentor, amandafisher.com, Australia

"Paul Shrimpling has done an awesome job of identifying what it takes to be a Business Growth Accountant and how important it is as accountants to embrace the change from compliance work to business advisory. Whilst it's easy to read, it's packed full of detailed information. This is essential reading if you want your accounting practice to thrive in the future."

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Neil King Managing Director, Cedar + Co, England

“The effort, energy and passion that Paul has put into creating this go-to book for any serious accountant has been clear to see over the last year or so.

We meet with Paul every quarter and feel his inspiration! His enthusiasm transports itself across our team and fills us all with joy, anticipation and most importantly of all…drive. This is what the book does too. Paul’s book is full of inspiring, yes, literally awe-inspiring thought and insight into how you can make your accountancy business a better business by helping your clients, by caring.

Top tip, once you have read the book, pick one thing, just one thing and do it…this will make you feel good and will encourage you to pick another one thing to do, before you know where you are you will have done lots! Small steps!”

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Simon Chaplin Director of GreenStones, author and founder of SocksUpSimon, England

“This is a truly brilliant Inspiring, Challenging and Supporting book from Paul that is a must read for every accountant in practice.

Even if you are not looking to become a “Growth Accountant” there are masses of ideas, tools, and tips you can implement in your practice to make your life easier and deliver a better experience to your clients.

Paul’s story around “Canary-like” KPIs will stick with me forever and the section on “Blind, deaf and dumb pricing” has helped me challenge the team on their communication skills. If you are in practice and want to make more of an impact in the lives of those around you this is a must-read book.

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Michael Ogilvie Managing Director, OBC The Accountants, England

“A lot of “Has Beans” style accountants are blindly burying their heads in the sand, blind to the fact that traditional accountancy work is rapidly disappearing out of their to do list. Paul’s book provides a practical route map to a valuable way of delivering profitable advisory services to business clients.”

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Rob Walsh Managing Director, Clear Vision Accountancy Group, England

“This is the book that the Accountancy Profession needs to wake itself up to what clients want.

It’s all in the book - how you start and deliver Business Growth Consultancy to your clients. It’s simply invaluable for those accountants that want to BE the change.

Well done Paul and this book needs to be read by every team member.”

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Daimien McConnell ACA FCCA, Director William Hinton, England

Having read Paul’s book this has opened my eyes to the clear challenges that the profession faces. New technology and new competition mean firms need to seriously review what they do and how they do it.

The book clearly identifies these issues and provides guidance on how you can turn these into opportunities for the practice. This has inspired me to make the necessary changes in my practice to ensure its future and the exciting growth that can be achieved.

If you want to safeguard what you have and build on it, this book is a must read.”

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Luke Smith Director, FCA, Purpose, Jersey

In this book Paul brilliantly articulates the key issues facing our industry and the most effective solutions to them from people who have done it already.

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Rob Brown Host of the Top 100 Club Accounting Podcast, Founder of BD Academy England

"The Business Growth Accountant is a game-changer for the accounting profession. It's a 'call to arms' for accountants everywhere to move from the 'bean-counter' to the strategic trusted advisor. ​ Technology is inexorably advancing client expectations and redefining what they deem to be of value.

To get ahead of the game, Paul Shrimpling's Higher Value Route Map is a powerful framework that charts the optimal path for accountants to be the difference makers needed by today's business owners. A terrific 3-hour read and a must for forward thinking accountants throughout the world."

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Zoe Lacey-Cooper Event Director (Accountex)

“Inspiration comes first and that is exactly what Paul’s book provides, along with his positive and realistic enthusiasm teamed with his refreshing energy to transform your accountancy practice into a more valuable one”

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Seamus Parfrey Director, Parfrey Murphy Chartered Accountants, Ireland

“Paul’s timely book – very readable and well presented – is another wake up call to the accountancy profession.

Change fast or become irrelevant. Your call. Simple as.

And Paul shows you how you can make significant change quickly so you will thrive. His guidance and advice has always been first class.”

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Trent McLaren Head of Accounting and Sales, Practice Ignition, Australia

"Having worked with Paul from afar, I can see that the dedication to his work is truly making a difference and inspiring the accountant's he works with. Which in turn is having an amazing impact on the client's that those accounting firms are working with. Do yourself a favour, pick up this book and learn how you can create meaningful impacts in your accounting business which allow you to grow profitably. "