Announcing Our 10th Anniversary


You may have seen us featured on the Wirral Chamber of Commerce website, announcing our 10th anniversary celebrations!

It’s been an amazing 10 years for Birkenhead based Jan McDermott & Co Chartered Accountants, from a small start-up to an established business the team has the experience as well as the accountancy expertise to guide and develop businesses offering much more than simple accountancy services.

Jan McDermott started the business 10 years ago - What else happened in 2005?

  • Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were married
  • Google Maps was launched
  • YouTube was launched
  • Daniel Craig takes on the 007 role
  • Liverpool won the Champions League

In the beginning, Jan worked  from home and soon employed her first employee Rachel Wood, who is now a Director. The company now has more than 300 Liverpool and Wirral clients and employs six people from its offices in Hamilton Square.

During her career, Jan McDermott has held the role of The President of The Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants and is proud of her career especially as she didn’t come into the profession via the traditional University route, instead choosing to study for the AAT exams before training to be a Chartered Accountant, and has established herself through training on the job and working hard to combine work with also gaining her qualifications.

Rachel Wood, is proud to be a part of the company she has helped to shape and explains how the company started and how it has developed;

‘We started as many small companies do, in the spare room at home, so myself and Jan both worked separately from our homes, until after about a year when we moved into our first office in Oxton, where we stayed for a few years, until eventually moving to our current base in Hamilton Square.

At the beginning we both looked after all aspects of the client workload as well as managing the day-to-day until eventually we took on more staff and we were then able to split the workload and choose areas to specialise in.

My specialist area is working with start-ups as that is something I really enjoy being a part of, so for me working with start-ups seemed a natural progression.

I enjoy being there right from the start and helping businesses take the next steps and even helping them to agree what their next steps should be. There can be some hand-holding and training given as part of the service and help for the little things such as how to employ someone and what you need to do to get that person on the pay roll.

But it is that detail I enjoy as it is very rewarding to see companies develop and some of our clients have been with us now for the ten years so we have been a true part of their business and their success story.”

The team at Jan McDermott have handled some high profile projects and recently helped with the sale of CDM and Site Safety Experts Innov8 Safety Solutions Ltd having worked with the business since it started seven years ago and becoming the companies virtual finance director.