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Pioneering link-up aims to change the face of accountancy

Business intelligence and data analyst Develin and chartered accountants and business advisers Keens Shay Keens are working on ways to use targeted data to help clients to grow their business.

Develin is already working on ways to generate the information that advisers can tailor to  the benefit of their clients.

Director Paul Clarke said:“Skilled accountants are much more than form-fillers and we believe that the use of data to help customers hone their business activities provides a way in which the entire accountancy profession will be moving in the future.

“New technology is threatening to take away some of traditional accountants’ main activities. It will not be long before small companies that are simply interested in getting their returns done on time will be able to do that by using apps.”

Both companies are members of the regional technology forum Biztech, which has welcomed the collaboration.

Keens Shay Keens audit and tax partner Liz Newell said: “We love spreadsheets and analysing data. We spot financial trends and can often see issues and opportunities for our clients. Our role as business advisers can only be enhanced by the use of targeted data. We are looking forward to working more closely with Develin to provide an enhanced service for our clients.

“I am not aware of any other accountants using data in this way to enhance their clients’ businesses. It is an exciting, future-focused and ground-breaking collaboration for us.”

She and Mr Clarke are pictured with Biztech chairman Fredi Nonyelu.

Mr Nonyelu said: “It is great to see Biztech members working together in this way, in an innovative and exciting collaboration.

"A key part of Biztech’s mission is for companies to work together for their mutual benefit, and also for the benefit of the Milton Keynes and SEMLEP region.”  

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