Stark Main's success recipe: Systems and focus

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The winner of the 2012 Practice Excellence Award for small firms has a clear vision of what it wants to achieve, and is relentless in measuring its progress. John Stokdyk finds out more from partner Ian Main (left in the picture, collecting the prize).

Stark Main & Co, a fast-growing accountancy firm based in Selkirk and Edinburgh, has a number of feathers in its cap alongside the 2012 small firm Practice Excellence Award. It is also the current holder of the British Accountancy Award for independent firm of the year in Scotland and has won a string of similar citations from AVN and the Scottish Accountancy Awards in recent years.

While these credentials are a nice boost to the firm’s credibility, founding partner Ian Main tries not to be too boastful, or tout them as the firm’s leading edge. “That’s not really our natural style,” he says.

What really sets the firm apart is its combination of vision and focus, which stood out in the firm’s shortlist entry form for in the 2012 Practice Excellence Awards.

Main and his co-founder James Stark set out in 2006 to create a dynamic, client-focused firm that, in the words of its mission statement, aspires to be “the leading tax and accountancy advisors in the Scottish Borders & beyond”.

A “happy skilled team proud of the difference they make together”, the firm is well on track to...

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25th Jun 2013 13:26

12-step courtesy code

An interesting and inspiring article. I'd be very interested in seeing a copy of your 12-step courtesy code.

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25th Jun 2013 15:13

wonderful article

I can relate very well to your approach to business.  As a trainee accountant, i can see someone out there is putting into motion all the theories i learned at my ACCA studies.  Infact, i've met you at the last practice excellence award in London, where our firm was one of the shortlists in your category.  You're a deserving winner, keep it moving.  The world will always have a place for accountants with such mindsets.

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25th Jun 2013 15:46

Well Done Iain

Great to see that things are going well Iain.


No doubt bump into you at the National AVN Conferences over the next two days!


Chris Booth


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By imain
28th Jun 2013 14:07

Thanks Guys.

Great to see you this week Chris, hope you enjoyed the conference as much as I did - some great inspiration for us all to continue to improve.

NIck, I've sent you a response by PM. Hope it helps.


All the best.



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