We met Michael Durkan at his office in the centre of Cheltenham. Immediately welcomed by his warm and friendly team, we were shown into the practice’s boardroom to make the presentation. On the walls of the room, colourful oil paintings of horses from the local Cheltenham racecourse adorned the walls; a reminder of the pride the firm has in their local presence, serving the people and companies of Cheltenham and beyond.

Michael and his young team were very pleased to receive the award and smiled and chatted as we took shots. After the presentation, we took time to talk to Michael about his practice, now celebrating its tenth anniversary year. He explained that he and his team would be celebrating their tenth anniversary year with a number of events including a day out at the Cheltenahm cricket festival and have already held a successful post self-assessment deadline event with local accountants. He went on to explain that the firm has had a positive few years. Despite difficulty across the wider profession and a general reduction in appointments nationally, Durkan Cahill has been able to buck the trend, increasing the number of appointments they have taken and expanding into new larger premises nearby in the centre of Cheltenham. The firm deals with a variety of individual and corporate clients originating from a diverse range of sources.

Michael puts his success down to nurturing a strong and dedicated team and concentrating on fostering quality relationships with local accountants and businesses. He explains that although several other firms have offices within the local area, not all seek to build relationships with local accountants and advisors in the same way. He and his team regularly meet with their contacts to maintain these relationships which have been built over several years. His young team show dedication and a high regard for the firm. Most began their careers at Durkan Cahill and have been nurtured into insolvency professionals, including Rebecca Simpson, who is celebrating recently passing her JIEB examinations and becoming a licenced Insolvency Practitioner.

Looking to the future Michael has a positive outlook for the firm, organising a move to new larger premises and seeking to continue to grow appointment numbers and client base. He is particularly optimistic for continued growth in corporate appointments and aims to continue doing this through his tried and trusted method of building and maintaining quality local relationships. At the end of our meeting he smiles, picking up the award for Top Insolvency Practice in Gloucestershire; a fitting tribute to celebrate Durkan Cahill’s tenth anniversary year.

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