ON GOOD AC­COUNT: Air am­bu­lance’s ‘saviour’ moves to smart new of­fices

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - RECRUITMENT & BUSINESS -

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

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