ON GOOD ACCOUNT: Air ambulance’s ‘saviour’ moves to smart new offices
A LONG-ESTABLISHED accounting firm that helped air ambulances win an annual millionpound windfall from Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown has entered a new era with its move into smart new offices. Hundreds of guests packed the Eclipse Park, Maidstone, headquarters of DSH - formerly Day Smith and Hunter - to celebrate what partners believe will be a springboard for growth after 50 years in the town’s Star House. DSH chairman Philip Wilson said the relocation to Globe House marked the next stage in the firm’s development. It would raise its profile and provide the opportunity for further growth. Opening the offices with a giant pair of scissors, David Philpott, chief executive of Kent Air Ambulance Trust, praised the firm’s analysis of the ambulance service’s dire financial situation a few years ago. “Without it, we probably wouldn’t be here today,” he told the large audience. “DSH were like friends who put their hands on our shoulder and helped us to face up to the reality of the world we lived in.” In particular, DSH had helped Kent’s and other air ambulance services win a fight with the Treasury for a VAT refund worth £1million a year. “I like to do business with the good guys,” Mr Philpott added. The new building was “great step for DSH and a great step for Kent”. To celebrate the opening, DSH hosted an exhibition of art by students from Maidstone campus of the University College for the Creative Arts (UCCA).
DSH chairman Philip Wilson, right, helps guest of honour David Philpott, CEO of Kent Air Ambulance, cut the ribbon