Why it’s good to be an accountant in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Beach Dorset

Bournemouth is a fantastic place, 7 miles of lovely beaches, the UK’s largest shopping park – Castlepoint, close to Poole Harbour, the New Forest and Purbeck, what more could you want.

I love Bournemouth, I have lived here all my live.

According to the 2011 census, the town has a population of 183,491 making it the largest settlement in Dorset. The mid-2014 estimate was 191,400. It is predicted to reach 225,000 by 2037, according to the Office for National Statistics’ 2012 (ONS) projections.

It has quite a few accountants too, if you search for Accountant Bournemouth on Google you get a list of 80 practices to choose from, but there are probably many more. There are also hundreds who work in Businesses.

According to Manta there are 5,433 companies based in Bournemouth, there will be many more businesses when you include Sole Traders and Partnerships.

The Local Economy is dominated by


Banking, Finance and Insurance are the most valuable sectors in Bournemouth’s economy.

JP Morgan established their Global Technology Hub in Bournemouth in the 1980’s and during the late 1980’s I worked as an Assistant Management Accountant in their Financial Management Group. RIAS, McCarthy & Stone and Liverpool Victoria all have their Head Quarters in Bournemouth.

Creative & Digital

According to the Telegraph

Bournemouth, coming from a very low base, has become the UK’s fastest-growing city in the digital economy


Digital Companies

Bournemouth Council states that there are over 400 digital agencies across Bournemouth

These business are among the most suited to use Cloud Based Accounting for example Sage One and Debitoor.

Service Sector

Since 1991 there has been major growth in services up 25.6% in Public Administration, Education and Health.


Bournemouth is famous as a seaside resort and 6.88 million visitors came to Bournemouth last year and spend £501 million in the town.

We also have the Bournemouth International Centre – BIC – run by BH Live – BH Live also runs a range of leisure facilities in Bournemouth.

With over 2.5 million visits a year and over £31 million turnover, BH Live is changing lives – placing it at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy. Last year, BH Live hosted 423 shows, sold over half a million cultural, sporting and entertainment tickets, clocked up 1.8 million leisure centre visits and welcomed 88,000 conference and exhibition delegates which contributed over £45 million to the local economy.

Bournemouth Airport

Over 600,000 people use our Airport which has flights to over 35 destinations

Bournemouth University

The University has 18,000 students and 2,000 staff

It’s great place for accountants to study and their courses are accredited by the relevant accounting professional bodies – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Association of International Accountants (AIA), Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)

According to the local Recruitment Agencies, for example CMA, demand for accountants is high and so are salary levels, take a look at the 2014 CMA Salary Survey

So why is it good to be an accountant in Bournemouth?

Bournemouth is a dynamic and growing business hub, with a high demand for accountants, it’s a fantastic place to live and has endless opportunities for accountants both in business and practice.

Can you think of a reason why you wouldn’t want to be an accountant in Bournemouth?

Do you know an accountant like this one…





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