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You’ll find our people and the way we work refreshing. Below you’ll find out:

  • QUEEN VIC TO TOP SPOT. A Rebel’s Tale: Why our clients won’t opt for traditional advisers again
  • LET’S HEAR FROM THEM. “CP matched our culture perfectly” – A client’s story
  • TURNING HEADS & SECRET SAUCE. Reviews, testimonials, and why being the #1 employer matters
  • THE RECIPE. Our Culture: Key ingredients and a flavour of the people you’ll work with

QUEEN VIC TO TOP SPOT

In 2023, we were once again named the #1 Accountancy Firm to Work For in the UK by Best Companies, based on our people’s feedback. It was our seventh year in the UK’s Top 100 Best Companies to Work For. But, our culture hasn’t always been worth celebrating.

Cooper Parry began in 1850. Queen Vic was on the throne. A century and a half later, at the millennium’s dawn, we were still traditional accountants. Hierarchical. Male. Pale. Toe-curlingly stale. You know the type. And we knew if our people and clients were going to love being part of the CP story, we had to change.

A group of ambitious, unconventional 30-somethings led the charge. And A Rebel’s Tale was penned – an ongoing journey bringing you right up to our pioneering ways, maverick attitude, and unmatched employee and client happiness levels of today.

With plenty of fist-bumping highs, rib-crunching lows, and crowning moments to make Vic turn green, it’s how CP became CP. And why our clients won’t opt for traditional advisers again.

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LET’S HEAR FROM THEM

“It’s important to us to have personal relationships with our advisers. We consider our annual audit to be pivotal and a time when we can have an independent review of our operations and processes. Cooper Parry matched our culture perfectly. Big enough to be professional but personal enough to care.

It was immediately clear that CP understood our requirements, sector and unique position. Quickly after engaging with CP, we embarked upon an acquisition that trebled the size of our business and the team advised us all the way. It’s important now to ensure that we retain our culture, and CP are helping us with this journey too.

To summarise the difference between CP and all the other audit firms we have worked with – personal relationships combined with a real people-first approach is the differentiating factor.”

Chief Executive Officer at WHS Group – Paul Nicholson

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TURNING HEADS & SECRET SAUCE

Our hatstand of #1 employer crowns hasn’t gone unnoticed. The best talent in the industry wants a slice of the action. We’re proud to say many of them are already here, spread across the UK in award-winning, interlinked technical teams, ready to supercharge your business. But how do we keep it that way?

Our culture has become our secret sauce. It’s what makes us unique. And it shapes our strategy – not the other way round. Built on trust, autonomy, feedback and flexibility, life at CP gives our people all the ingredients to produce an incredible client experience. And boy do they oblige.

Across almost 1,000 reviews and testimonials on our website, our clients rated us 4.5/5 on average.

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THE RECIPE

We Work From Anywhere. Anytime. Forever (WFAAF). Our offices have been voted some of the ‘coolest’ in the UK. So, we see plenty of each other in 3D and our clients love to visit.

Our wellbeing programme is multi-European-award-winning. We’re the UK’s largest accountancy B Corp, putting planet-powered purpose at the forefront of everything we do. And our in-house Diversity & Inclusion team educates us all on the nuance and importance of D&I. Throw in our pioneering 100-80-100 (four-day week) trial and unlimited holiday, and our people are never short of a chance to Make Life Count.

As you can see, our belief that happy, engaged, empowered people produce the best results for our clients is more unshakeable than ever. Feedback from both parties shows it’s well-placed. And, as it has done since we ditched the industry’s tired, grey ways, the Rebelution roars on.

This year, we launched our alumni program, CP Forever to a fantastic reception. CPast and CPresent flocked to our launch party, re-igniting friendships, sharing stories, and frankly, having a great time. We’ve long thought CP was a forever thing. CP Forever backed that up. And we’ve got big plans for our alumni community in the works.

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ABOUT COOPER PARRY

Cooper Parry is the UK’s 11th largest accountancy firm and the #1 Accountancy Firm to Work For. Our award-winning teams support entrepreneurial businesses across the UK and overseas, covering Audit, Tax, Innovation, Tech & High Growth, Outsourced Finance Services, Deals and Wealth Management.

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CP IN NUMBERS

Talented Team Members

1150

UK Offices

14

Headcount in London and the South East alone

500

Strong Tax Team

172

Audit Experts

341

Turnover

£ 125 m

Largest UK Accountancy Firm

11 th

Accountancy Firm To Work For

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