Greendown Trust and Thomas Coombs

Founded in 1971, Greendown Trust is a registered charity and non-profit making organisation.

Its residential care home in Leeds and two sheltered accommodation schemes in Ilkley and Knaresborough provide accommodation for elderly Christian Scientists and like-minded people.

Company Secretary and Trust Administrator, Simon Greener, has a very good working relationship with the charity’s accountants, Thomas Coombs, having worked together for around ten years.

We approached a few firms with a view to working with them when we were looking to appoint a new firm of accountants. We all liked the approach of the representatives from Thomas Coombs and choosing them has proved to be a good decision as we have a very good working relationship.

I particularly value the fact that it’s always very easy to get in touch with them.

I have found the various departments I have contacted very helpful. If I have any questions which are out of the ordinary they are always extremely willing and prompt in providing a response.

Christopher Darwin always takes the time to talk us through the draft accounts and then comes along to our board meetings to answer any questions that the members may have. This has proved very useful to myself and our Board members and is appreciated.

In addition to dealing with charity’s management accounts each month and undertaking their annual audit, the team at Thomas Coombs have provided valuable tax advice to the charity.

Recently, the decision was taken to purchase a new minibus for each of our three sites to help our elderly residents get out and about.

We spoke with our accountant and we were pleasantly surprised to discover that we could zero rate the vehicles for VAT purposes which saved our charity a substantial amount of money.

“Based on our experience, I would certainly recommend them to other organisations who are looking for a firm of accountants with a friendly, personal touch.”

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