North West Numbers is an Outstanding accountancy service owned by Moragh Hunt and is based in Bury, Greater Manchester. Moragh has dedicated her business to support new startups and Charities; Moragh explains why this sector means so much to her, and the rationale behind her decision…
Moragh Hunt set up North West Numbers with a dedicated sector in mind; Charities, Not for Profit and new Start-Up businesses. Her rationale stems from her childhood in Scotland, where she developed an ever-growing love for numbers; and increasing awareness of the world in which she lived. Moragh grew up understanding the vital difference Not for Profit Charities made for families like hers, and many others in her community. As a qualified accountant who turned her love for numbers into a profession, Moragh held a dream that one day she too could give something back to the sectors of her community she respects the most.
Moragh; why I do accountancy and why I love it.
When I was a little girl, I always used to mess about with sums quite a bit. I do not know if anyone else felt the same way, but I was always counting tiles, seeing patterns and things, counting them and feeling great when I got the numbers right. When I was at school, I was a bit of a swot with maths; I loved doing the sums, and as a result, I ended up ahead in the class. However, my teacher noticed that I had started to fall behind, probably due to the lack of books and the ones we did have made no sense. We didn’t have personal books; so she put personal descriptions of the maths formulas on paper to follow. When I followed the formulas, I was encouraged to work them out myself; subsequently, I got ahead again.
I really loved doing my maths; my Mum says I take after my favourite Uncle because he is an accountant too! Maybe it is, he liked people in the same way I like people too, and that and accountancy goes hand in hand together; and for me, it was obvious that it was the path I was going to go down. My Dad wanted me to slip in physics as an option, just if accountancy didn’t work for me. My Dad was a clinical physicist, so obviously he has his reasons, but for me, accountancy worked, and here I am. After I left High School, I enrolled in Glasgow College of Technology to study an Ordinary, Batchelor of Arts Degree, in Accountancy. I have now been working in Accountancy for 34 years.
My early career did not ignite my passion for numbers.
I was a qualified accountant doing audits, visiting clients and completing checks for control accounts for internal accounts; it wasn’t my cup of tea; it didn’t engage me at all. I spent years working with smaller traders or businesses that ran from a bag of receipts that you had to makes sense from and analysing figures for HMRC. But, I still wasn’t getting what I was looking for. I worked as an accountant in the manufacturing industry for years, but it never really grabbed me; it was existing, but not igniting my passion for numbers in the way I wanted to. Finally, I started to work for an organisation in Manchester called Community Accountancy Services; they were a charity who specialised in Not for Profit Charities and Voluntary organisations. Finally, I had found what I was looking for; I had found my home.
I loved the concept of doing what I loved dealing with figures. Equally, I was also dealing with people, and I could help these people and make a difference for them. This sector is where I’m meant to be working in, and I got the biggest buzz because North West Numbers can make a difference in people’s lives.
‘I save people time, I reduce their stress, and it makes a big difference to their world; ultimately, while I am doing this for them, they can go back to their Not for Profit Charities or Voluntary organisations and help people as part of their network.’Moragh Hunt – North West Numbers
There is a farther-reaching side to my work now; it makes me happy.
There is an added side to this; however; it’s farther -reaching, and it makes me see that I am making a difference to someone’s life. I have to admit; it makes me happy; I like it, and I don’t think it makes me selfish or hedonistic or anything like that. It makes me feel that I am making a difference by helping someone who is also making a difference, and by helping them, I can do something good in the world. I mean, there’s bad enough in the world, I don’t want to add to that; so I ease the burden because I’m an accountant; it’s what I do. Ultimately, it’s why North West Numbers was formed; it’s a culmination of my life’s work, and that’s why I understand what my clients do.
North West Numbers – Understanding the needs of small business
All small business owners or charities know that every penny we make is vital, especially in our infancy. We often discover hidden costs along the way, and subsequently, our accounts are relegated to the bottom of the ‘to do’ pile. When I started Verve, my problem was that I was self-financed; I had cashed in my pension and settled into a brand that I knew I wanted, but wasn’t quite sure how to get there. And like many new startups, I fell foul to organisations that promised the world, and in fact, did nothing except spend my money, deliver nothing I couldn’t have done myself if I had only had a little more belief; and waste time.
Then I met Flourish CIC, an organisation for Women in Business that I had been invited to join; and this organisation of women in business inspired me because I realised that everyone else had been through similar experiences. Together we started to share experiences and found that often, we were facing the same problems; mainly because of lack of money. After all, any profit we make, we give back to our Not for Profit Charities; because we need to ensure that people can access our services. However, networking and unification of ideas enabled us to find constructive and positive solutions to our businesses’ barriers.
We didn’t just break down the barriers we faced, we smashed them, and we had a clearer outline of our collective visions for the future of our businesses. However, there was one subject that none of us spoke about; and we should have because we later found it was on all our minds at the time; who did we use for accountancy?
I decided to troll Moragh on Social Media…
Moragh was on our network of Flourish Facebook pages with her North West Numbers social media posts. I enjoyed watching them because they usually consisted of Moragh looking into a camera and filming while she spoke of all things accountancy. I create social media campaigns/ ads and blogs to recruit foster carers and advertise Not for Profit Charities I work with, but my ads consist of images; I hide behind the keyboard. There is no way I am brave enough to do what she does. I’m the wrong end of an age where I would feel confident about myself, but there she is; loving it and making accountancy and bookkeeping realistic; always with a smile on her face.
My other problem is I have an inherent mistrust of accountants. I’ve learned the hard way in business in the past; I needed to make sure I didn’t go down the wrong path again. Verve Recruitment means everything to me; I am passionate about recruiting foster carers for Not for Profit Charities; I cannot afford to make a mistake.
Like many people, my passion for my business overrides my common sense; but passion does not keep the taxman happy; accountants do. I called her for a chat; I should have done it long before because I knew from the first call that she understood; she got me, and consequently, I began to place my trust in her tentatively. Putting my faith in people is not something I do lightly, Moragh understood this, and I endorse her whole-heartedly because of this.
North West Numbers make book-keeping simple.
North-West Numbers Ltd makes book-keeping and accountancy simple, Moragh has the patience of a saint, and her love for Charities is evident. I shared Moragh’s details with other Not for Profit’s I knew felt the same; if ever there was a time to have a commonsense, no-nonsense approach to accountancy blended with a fusion of humour and grace from Moragh; it is now.
‘Too many businesses fail because we don’t look after each other; I believe that as organisations; we should have each other’s backs and make sure we don’t fail. We should share information, and I believe that if you find good luck, you should share that too. I had the good fortune to find Moragh and North West Numbers; now I’m sharing my luck with you!’
Val Hogan – Verve Recruitment Limited.
If you are a small business, start-up, Not for Profit, Charity or CIC who needs expert advice on book-keeping, accountants services, information on funding and grants for your charity; then get in touch with Moragh on the contact form below.
I’m glad I did because I can feel confident about my business’s future; thanks Moragh.