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Decorators are on a roll

From left, Chris Veazey of GV Decorators, Luke Hopkins of Anderson Barrowcliff and Gary Veazey of GV Decorators

A Middlesbrough-based decorating firm is on a roll after securing a large-scale national contract with the help of accountants Anderson Barrowcliff.

GV Decorators, run by father and son team Gary and Chris Veazey, has recently expanded to accommodate a contract with a national building firm to decorate renovated buildings across the country.

Chris said: “Thanks to regular work with schools and housing associations, our profit and turnover have been steadily growing over the years, however this new contract has enabled us to be bigger than we’ve ever been.

“The work, which came about after a successful trial period, has enabled us to grow to 15 permanent staff with the team growing to 35 when work demands, as well as demonstrating that we can work on such large projects from right here in Teesside.”

The firm, which was established in 1982, enlisted the help of Anderson Barrowcliff six years ago when their growth began to accelerate. With the accountancy firm’s support, GV Decorators has become completely digital, converting from a manual, hand-written accounting system to comply with ‘Making Tax Digital’ – a government initiative to make tax administration more effective.

Management accountant, Luke Hopkins said: “As GV was growing, it was important that they had support in a number of areas, from accounts to tax and VAT, as well as a team that could give advice as they continued to grow.

“We were allowed the freedom to guide them towards digitisation, as well as streamlining their processes to make a more efficient business.”

Gary added: “Going digital was a big culture change but our team have embraced the challenge and have made a real success of the conversion, which is easier for both us and our customers.”