After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2001, Chris was determined to gain accounting and advisory experience working in both industry and government, taking senior roles in Lloyds Banking Group, GCHQ and Westinghouse Rail, before setting up his own accountancy practice in 2006. Within just 10 years, Chris had grown his business from zero clients to delivering a turnover of £450,000 pa and employing 10 staff. It was during this period he was able to really develop his passion and expertise in helping his clients to improve their business performance and see them prosper. His ethos of creating a better world, filled with people who have both the time and money to achieve everything they want to do, is as exciting as it is inspiring.
My original training was as an Occupational Therapist which led to a 15 year career in the NHS working in various settings. Chris started his business in 2006 and shortly after I joined him. My role in the practice is dealing with the Administration, bookkeeping and payroll and ensuring our clients receive a great service. Outside work I play hockey for Gloucester City Hockey Club and enjoy cycling with the Leadon Vale Cycling Club. I also love gardening and have recently started keeping Bees. We also have 2 grown up children that have kept us busy over the years.
ABOUT CGH ACCOUNTANTS AND BUSINESS ADVISORS
Chris Hutchings is the Director of family-run accountancy firm CGH Accountants & Business Advisors. He asked long-time friend Andy McKay how he might introduce him to potential clients.
“Chris and I were first thrown together in the heady and hectic world of financial services in the mid-nineties,” says Andy. “Thankfully he took me under his wing and somehow found the time in his demanding schedule to mentor me, before developing and coaching me to a promotion.
“In those days I often wondered how Chris found the energy to cope with long hours at work and spending his evenings studying to become a Chartered Certified Accountant, all the while juggling the demands of his young growing family. He even found time to introduce me to playing squash and the traditional post-match pint, where we would swap stories. His were often about his youthful misadventures both home and abroad, particularly his student days – before he graduated with a respectable 2:1 Accountancy degree – and him starting-up and selling his window cleaning business to raise the capital he needed to explore India, Thailand and Australia.
“And he himself is living proof of that world, he’s enjoying quality time with his now grown-up family, his many friends, while loving his favourite sports and time in the garden – and working to support clients who share his values and are keen to grow their own businesses, and make their dreams and goals a reality too.”