WK brews up an of­fice win­ner

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - WHAT’S ON - DAVID JAMES

For­get Google with its bean bags and slides, a Blen­heim busi­ness has taken the ‘mod­ern of­fice’ idea to the next level.

The team at WK Ad­vi­sors and Ac­coun­tants has in­stalled a craft beer tap in the kitchen.

Com­pany di­rec­tor Vaughan Har­ris said the Wil­liamsWarn Bench Kit, which al­lows them to make their own beer, was a breeze to in­stall and easy to use.

‘‘It was al­most plug in and play,’’ Har­ris said.

The com­pany de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in craft brew­ing be­cause it was a grow­ing mar­ket, and many of their clients were in the in­dus­try.

Fel­low di­rec­tor Matthew Kerr said they now had a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what their clients did.

‘‘We can talk about fer­men­ta­tion, con­di­tion­ing and those kinds of things,’’ Kerr said. ‘‘Even if it’s just scratch­ing the sur­face, at least we have an un­der­stand­ing.’’

Har­ris said the beer tap was also about ‘‘hu­man­is­ing’’ the pub­lic im­age of ac­coun­tants and ad­ding some per­son­al­ity to the Al­fred St of­fice.

‘‘You’ll have a meet­ing with clients about 4pm, and then at 5pm it’s a nice way to fin­ish the day with a beer, that the firm has just made them­selves,’’ Har­ris said.

‘‘The other thing we want to do is ask our clients, ‘What would you like to make?’’’ Kerr added.

‘‘And they may want to make a cider or a pil­sner or what­ever they want. Then they can come back a few weeks later and try a cou­ple with us.’’

And how is their beer be­ing re­ceived by their pro­fes­sional brewer clients?

‘‘It’s only get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter,’’ Har­ris said.

But they were in no way plan­ning to branch out into the brew busi­ness just yet.

‘‘Gen­er­ally we are now find­ing that clients are more en­thu­si­as­tic about hav­ing meet­ings here at the of­fice,’’ Har­ris said. ‘‘We also have a nice new space here, and now with the sum­mer com­ing the bal­cony will be an at­trac­tion too.’’

Kerr called it ‘‘re­laxed pro­fes­sion­al­ism’’. But can they still crunch the num­bers when they’ve had a few?

‘‘It’s strictly af­ter hours,’’ they said.


WK Ad­vi­sors and Ac­coun­tants di­rec­tors Matthew Kerr, left, and Vaughan Har­ris toast the end of the day.

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