York accountant praised for pivotal role in thai restaurant chain success
Russell Turner, the managing director of leading Yorkshire accountants Garbutt & Elliott, has been praised for his “pivotal and inspiring” role in the success of the Leeds-based Thai restaurant group Chaophraya.
Martin Stead, the founder and chief operating officer of Chaophraya, said that Russell’s advice had been “invaluable” since Chaophraya first opened in Leeds in 2004.
The popular Thai chain currently has restaurants in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and Glasgow and is opening a new restaurant in Edinburgh next month. The group’s annual turnover is £21 million.
Mr Stead commented: “We have been steadily growing our businesses since establishing our first restaurant eight years ago. The quality of our dishes and the overall “Chao experience” has meant that our customers have not lost their appetite for eating out despite the difficult economic conditions over the past few years.
“A key part of our success is the superb service provided by Russell Turner of Garbutt & Elliott, who has been with us for most of our amazing journey and has been a tremendous support. Russell understands the heart and the pulse of my business and has provided invaluable financial advice.
“He has been much more than just an accountant. He has been a companion and a friend from the start and he should take great pride in his pivotal role in our success,” added Mr Stead.
Russell Turner commented: “Chaophraya’s growth and success to date has been amazing. Martin has developed a business model that is based on quality, attention to detail and focuses on maximising customer experience.
“As such, I’ve worked closely with Martin to develop the business model and roll-out a strategy that is manageable and properly funded. Having an in-depth knowledge of Martin’s business and his goals is key to giving valuable advice, especially during these challenging economic times”.
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