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Earning and learning accountancy


Adapting into employment gradually and applying learning straightaway are two bonuses which have proved a highly successful alternative to university for accounting apprentice Nathan Baker.

Nathan undertook school work experience placements, one as a trainee chef and the other in Balfours accounts department. He recalls: “This made me realise what I did, and didn’t want to do.” His positive impression of Balfours was mutual and as a result in 2012 the company offered him an apprenticeship linked to Herefordshire and Ludlow College.

Four years on and Nathan is in his second and final year as an ATT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Level 4 Higher Apprentice. Already having achieved Levels two and three through the day release system. He reflects: “As I have progressed through the levels, responsibilities have increased here at work. This includes a variety of tasks throughout the year with regular reporting sent to clients; their positive feedback gives me a sense of achievement and job satisfaction.

“There is a lot more to an accountancy apprenticeship than just being good at maths - communications, dealing with external accountants, agencies and clients are integral to the work. This year in my ATT Higher Apprenticeship, I am studying Business Skills.

”Head of accounts at Balfours, Ian Williams says: “Nathan is quite a find; he has been invaluable assisting with a growing workload as our business expands and his College training has combined well, proving to be positive for both parties.

Ian adds: “There is also the not so small matter that Nathan has been earning throughout his training and therefore giving him financial independence to follow his passion for bowling and Wolverhampton Football Club – he still has a few choices to wise up on!”



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Two bedroom bungalow


A newly fitted kitchen is part of the package at Eirianfa, a two bedroom bungalow, at Edgebolton, near Shawbury.

To be found in a quiet, yet accessible location, with garden and garage. The bungalow currently comprises of an open plan kitchen and sitting room, two bedrooms and a bathroom, each accessed off the entrance hall; plus utility off the kitchen.

Agent, Clemmie Radcliffe of Balfours Property Professionals, says: “The bungalow has great potential and indeed had planning permission for an extension which has lapsed. The space is well presented and the sitting room has a log burner offering very comfortable accommodation.”

Eirianfa is marketed with a guide price of £175,000, for more information call Clemmie Radcliffe on 01743 353511.

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Eirianfa living room


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Limited edition – panoramic views


Those who know homes with fabulous views and outlooks will understand what a difference it makes to everyday life and a sense of wellbeing: "What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?"

A true limited edition is Buzzard’s Reach which sits on Lyth Hill and, as the name suggests, offers a magnificent podium from house and garden. Behind the glazing are four reception rooms, four bedrooms and a large kitchen; there are two bathrooms, a utility and two downstairs cloakrooms.

Head of sales at Balfours, Tim Main, enthuses:  “Properties on Lyth Hill are highly sort after when they come to the market.  Buzzard’s Reach has many assets, including privacy; it’ location being beyond a no through road and shared private drive. Internally the property is very well presented, with glazing creating a light and bright house with those fabulous southerly views.”

As the ground floor is currently configured the reception hall leads through double doors to a large sitting room; a further set of double doors open to the study and there is a family room. The central hall also links to the snug and kitchen. The latter with island and dining area, beyond which are a utility and a cloakroom.

Both the sitting room and kitchen benefit from French doors with opportunity to while away evenings drinking in the panoramic landscape; quaffed with a tipple of fancy under the veranda. The gardens are landscaped to compliment the backdrop – and significantly have been designed for an easy life horticulturally speaking.

Above the double garage is a one bedroom en-suite annex and storage space. Lyth Hill is just six miles from the county town of Shrewsbury, with the bypass, and major road networks north and to the Midlands, on hand too.  Buzzard’s Reach is market with a guide price of £650,000. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

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Buzzards Reach view

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Read our Spring 2016 Newsletter


The latest edition of the Balfours Newsletter is now available to read.


We hope you enjoy it!

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Home stead with additional accommodation for family, business or pleasure


A property package to suit a raft of situations is to be found in the heart of North Shropshire countryside.

Five bedrooms are to be found in the family house at Little Sutton, while two units provide one and two bedroom living quarters, which could also adapt to office space. Four stables with storage space and a large yard with extensive potential complete the steading. The whole extends to six acres incorporating paddocks and landscaped grounds.

Located in Rednal, near West Felton, Little Sutton is four miles from the border town of Oswestry and 16 miles from Shrewsbury. Chester is also in easy striking distance just 30 miles north.

Joint agent, Clemmie Daborn, of Balfours, says:, “Little Sutton is a flexible and very well presented individual country residence. Features include sandstone and slate, topped with weather vane and coach clock which sits over the stables.  It is a peaceful and unspoilt rural setting where specimen trees enhance the paddocks.”

A pretty veranda skirts two aspects of the house and adds living space both to the kitchen and sitting room via separate French doors. Central to the house is the hallway leading to the main reception room, the kitchen, utility, study and downstairs cloakroom. The master bedroom has en-suite facilities while four further bedrooms share a large bathroom. The main house also has three carports.

Clemmie adds: “For those seeking to conduct a business from a family home Little Sutton offers tremendous scope, subject to necessary planning permission. Its location is within easy striking distance of major trunk roads to the North West and West Midlands and there is an excellent choice of schools within a ten mile radius.”

Little Sutton is marketed jointly by Balfours and Halls with a guide price of £725,000, for more information call Clemmie Daborn on 01743 353511.

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Immaculate and instant – Spring at Four Seasons


Spring at Four Seasonssees young bulbs and green shoots bursting into life, putting a fresh face on this five plus bedroom home.

The garden, which has been landscaped for easy maintenance is immaculate, as is the internal presentation of Four Seasons. Situated six miles from Telford, and nine from Shrewsbury, the M54 is just three miles away, putting Wolverhampton, Birmingham and the national motorway network within a tyres breadth.

This property is eighteen years old – coming of age offers a mature, yet youthful feel. Ground floor accommodation comprises of four reception rooms and good glazing in all rooms, including two pairs of French doors, makes for a light and airy feel throughout. Double doors create an entrance statement into the sitting room and the dining room.

Each of the ground floor rooms are accessed from the main hall, with an internal door from the study to the double garage. Two staircases, one from the hall and one from the study, link up with the four bedrooms, plus a spacious games room, which could configure as a fifth bedroom. The bedrooms are served by two en suite bathrooms and a family bathroom.

Agent Tim Main of Balfours says: “Four Seasons is ready to go; it is immaculately presented and is located in a quiet location in the hamlet of Allscott, with good accessibility to a wide range of schools, shops and general amenities.”

Four Seasons is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £499,950. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511. 


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