Envirohire/Dragon Drilling Group

Aug 20, 2021 |

A question that is often asked of Geoff Ellison, Chairman of the Envirohire/Dragon Drilling Group is, “Why do you use an accountant from Stony Stratford when you are based in North Wales? ” A typical answer is, “That it’s not for convenience; being 150 miles away which takes about 3 hours on a good run.”

About Envirohire/Dragon Drilling

Environhire/Dragon Drilling Group are site services and landfill contractors, based in Wales. Our relationship with the company came about in a fairly unique way that demonstrates just how much we care about first impressions and having an impact on everyone we meet. 

 In 2012, the Environhire/Dragon Drilling company was up for sale. The prospective purchasers brought with them to the negotiating table with Declan Connolly as their financial advisor. The deal eventually fell through but not before Geoff Ellison had witnessed his own accountants, who had been engaged for 15 years, in his words, “be totally shredded” by Declan.

Having decided not to sell the business, Geoff terminated the 15-year relationship and immediately appointed Connolly Accountants in Milton Keynes as chartered accountants, business and tax advisers for their group of companies.

The problem

Their current accountants were not meeting their needs. 

The Envirohire/Dragon Drilling group had been struggling to see progress with their previous accounts. After working with them for 15 years, they had stuck by them, however soon saw that they were lacking the streamlined approach and high level package that Connolly Accountants could offer. 

Envirohire/Dragon Drilling said; “After months of haggling with the other party we quickly concluded that we were dealing with a very well-organised accountancy practice who instinctively understood how our group of companies worked. We were suitably impressed with Connolly Accountants & Business Advisors to appoint them as our accountants and business management advisors and we were particularly impressed by Declan’s wide ranging knowledge and experiences as well as a highly organised accounts package which was perfect for our business.”


The solution

Connolly Accountants brought strong credentials and invaluable advice. 

Connolly Accountants advised the Envirohire/Dragon Drilling Group to move their accounting & office management for their group of companies to the in-house cloud based system; 1ne. The data transfer was managed accurately within a few hours and allowed us to analyse our accounts at the touch of a button. Connolly Accountants recommended that good quality management reporting was paramount and designed bespoke monthly management reports which are invaluable to us.

Connolly Accountants have taken a very business minded approach in working with the Envirohire/Dragon Drilling Group. In addition to ongoing business advice, they have given detailed tax advice as and when they have deemed it appropriate to do so. The financial planning and will writing teams ensure a fair share of income is retained.

Our ongoing relationship

Connolly Accountants and Envirohire/Dragon Drilling still closely together and are always looking for ways to grow the business and improve processes. 

This is an interesting relationship as we are based in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes and Envirohire/Dragon Drilling are based in North Wales. However, with e-communications and telephone, contact proximity has not been an issue and we have successfully continue to be their chosen chartered accountants. 

The Envirohire/Dragon Drilling Group are now progressing with system improvements and implementing full stock control and invoice scanning.

A final word from Geoff, “You don’t always know how good an individual or organisation is until you come up against them.  In 2012, we came up against Connolly Accountants and our team was woefully exposed despite a considerable period of good service. My solution was simple; remove and replace. With sound guidance from Connolly Accountants our business has continued to grow and is now three times the size it was in 2012. Declan very nearly secured our business, for his client, for a fraction of its current value. That’s why I don’t mind a 300 mile round trip to see him.”


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