Polydron and Educational Advantage

Polydron and Educational Advantage are two innovative companies, both headed by Managing Director, Richard Hardstaff. Both businesses are based in South Cerney, Cirencester.

Established in 1983, the company designs, manufactures and supplies unique, hands-on teaching products, using geometric shapes that are suitable for children of all ages. With a staff of 12, the two companies look after around 290 customers in no less than 75 countries.

Polydron and Educational Advantage began dealing with McGills around 15 years ago. Richard Hardstaff explains: “As is the case with so many good recommendations, I heard about McGills through word of mouth. To be perfectly honest, I was initially attracted to them because they are on my doorstep in Cirencester.”

Although convenience was one of the deciding factors, Richard’s business needs meant he needed a rock solid, dependable accountancy firm to work alongside him.

He continued: “McGills take care of everything for us – they handle our monthly management accounts, sales reports, quarterly financial reviews, annual accounts preparation and filing, together with the tax returns for our directors.

“Having McGills carry out monthly management accounts, gives us regular up to date and accurate financial management information.

“We have an extremely close working relationship with Simon Nuttall at McGills. We rely on our relationship with him, as our accountant, to provide ongoing support and expertise, which have assisted us in making key business choices. In particular, he advised us through several strategic decisions and his support was invaluable.

“Having such a close working relationship also means that, in an emergency, McGills are able to step in and provide cover – as such, they are really an extension of our own workforce.

“Going forward, we are planning to involve Simon with tax planning for retirement so that, when the time comes, I can step away from the business, safe in the knowledge that both the company and my personal affairs are in great shape.”

Richard added: “I would have no hesitation in definitely recommending Simon and the team at McGills to other local companies.”