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Roger Downes, FCAPartner

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About Roger

Having trained and qualified in a national firm, Roger became an equity partner there at the tender age of 30, one of the youngest appointments made by the firm. He quickly became a key member of the firm’s National Executive Committee, with responsibility for monitoring the performance of all the offices outside London. For the last two years of his time with them, Roger was Managing Partner of the firm’s Manchester office.

Having co-founded it in 1998, Roger was Managing Director of Andorran, an independent Chartered Accountancy based in Cheltenham, serving the local business community in Gloucestershire, until it became part of the BK Plus family in early 2024.

An auditor in his early days, Roger is the firm’s Registered Individual at the Cheltenham office. However, it is an experienced business advisor to the owner-managed business sector that is the office’s core client base, where Roger is best known. Using his expertise of running his own business as well as having helped many others over the years, Roger adds valuable experience and knowledge to his advice to all of the office’s owner managed businesses.

Roger holds the quality and timeliness of client service extremely dear, believing that these aspects are the key differentiation between firms servicing the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise market, and are therefore the main reasons for the success that the Cheltenham office enjoys and the strong local reputation it has built.

A keen sportsman, Roger spent several years as director of Cheltenham Town Football Club, and was honoured to be Captain a few years ago at his golf club, Naunton Downs. He remains an active golfer, dedicated to spending more hours on the golf course, but only in good weather, you understand! Over the years Roger has done work with the voluntary sector and was, a number of years ago now, a sports reporter on what was then Severn Sound Radio.

Married and a father of three, one of whom trained and qualified at Andorran, Roger has been a Cheltenham businessman all his working life, save for those couple of years ‘on loan’ to Manchester.

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