My journey into DSW: Ellen Little of DSW Business Planning

In 2018, Ellen and her business partner Rebecca joined the DSW Network, bringing with them their existing business, formerly known as JL advisory. After a rename to Dow Schofield Watts Business Planning, they continued operating from their Stockport office and have since grown their business to a team of seven.

The ability to grow was a significant factor in Ellen and Rebecca’s decision to join the DSW Network, they aimed to hire more people and expand their client base which access to other DSW Fee Earners provides.


Ellen Little, Partner in Dow Schofield Watts Business Planning

“Becky and I were already set up in partnership when we started talking to DSW about joining up, having left EY in 2010. We took a long time to make a final decision as we were proud of the business we had already built and were slightly concerned that we would lose some of our ethos and control.  As it was we needn’t have worried.  Since joining DSW in 2018 our business has gone from strength to strength.  We have increased our client base through both contacts within DSW and also due to being able to operate under an established brand.  We have access to a highly professional, skilled wider team whom we can ask for advice or just use a sounding board for operational issues.

This support is provided in the context of us very much being left to our own devices in terms of the operational day-to-day running of the business.  In this way we have been able to maintain our own style and culture.  It really is the best of both worlds, and we definitely made the right decision in coming on board.”

The support that DSW provides to existing businesses can help propel growth by granting access to funds for expansion plans and bring you recognition of a well-established brand for growth outside of your existing location or service line.

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