- "In the last 20 years our business has changed considerably…and as the focus of our business has changed, Bird Luckin have moved with us."
Alex Tanner, George Tanner (Shalford) Ltd
- "Bird Luckin has looked after us incredibly well for over 60 years, they are pro-active and innovational - meeting all our needs to help us achieve our aims."
Richard Stubbings, Cliffords Limited
- "I can honestly say that Bird Luckin are the best firm of accountants and auditors I have ever dealt with - and I don't say that lightly!"
Colin Webb, Walthamstow Stadium
- "It's important for us to know that we will always be able to contact the right people to give us the right advice and support."
Jane Bennett, Bennetts Funeral Directors
- "Although we deal mainly with one Partner … we also know that if we need to contact someone else who is a specialist in another area, we can get the advice we need quickly and easily"
Jeremy Ruggles, J.S. Wright & Sons Ltd
- "Bird Luckin got us to a stage which would have taken us months - if not years - to reach on our own, and they got us there in a matter of weeks"
Matthew Sullivan, SNC Ltd
- "You can be a good accountant, but if you don't have an understanding of the industry it can be very difficult. "There are two or three people we have regular contact with at Bird Luckin who know our business well, and it makes a difference.""
Robert Church, W A Church (Bures) Ltd
- "The work which Bird Luckin has done for Boddingtons over the past few months has helped shape our future direction for the better."
John Warner, Chief Executive, Boddingtons Ltd
- "Bird Luckin has acted for us since our inception 10 years ago. They have a very 'can do' yet highly professional attitude - we are very appreciative of their support and advice over the years."
Marlon Fox, Outlook Property Ltd
Corporate insolvencies on the rise while personal insolvencies fall
The number of company insolvencies increased in the first quarter of 2012, although personal insolvencies were down compared to last year, figures from the Insolvency Service show.
There were a total of 4,303 liquidations in the first three months of 2012, an increase of 0.2 per cent on the previous quarter and an increase of 4.3 per cent on the same period a year ago. This comprised of 1,238 compulsory liquidations and 3,065 creditors' voluntary liquidations
The number of personal insolvencies however, fell in the three months to March to 28,723 insolvencies, down by one per cent from the previous quarter.
This was made up of 9,132 bankruptcies, 7,897 Debt Relief Orders (DROs) and 11,694 Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs).
The Insolvency Service acknowledged that recent changes in legislation may have impacted the overall numbers of those applying for DROs. Since April 2011, individuals who have accumulated money in a pension scheme are now eligible to apply for debt relief, likely to affect the numbers of DROs and expected to have some impact on the numbers of bankruptcy orders.
Speaking to the BBC, Charles Turner, vice president of the Insolvency Practitioners Association predicted that the number of insolvencies could continue to rise this year.
"More sole traders and partnership businesses [are] seeking advice on debt issues as they struggle to cope with the recession," he said.
"There remains real concern about the prospect of a new wave of personal insolvency casualties with many consumers facing further challenges to their household budgets, not least from rising mortgage costs."