” Offering top-advice to SMEs and their owners in a closely knit team of accountants and tax laywers ”

Anoek Traas & Maartje van Zelst,
Senior Managers MKB Accountancy.

On 1 January 2011, Anoek Traas and Maartje van Zelst both started working at Deloitte, making a deliberate choice for a regional office. Meanwhile they have become senior managers, with a ton of experience in assisting entrepreneurs. For ten years they have been doing and enjoying what they like best.

Anoek literally moves around the national market every day. ‘My area is Brabant and Zeeland, and my office is located in Breda.’ Maartje mostly works from the Deloitte office in Alkmaar. ‘What I like about a smaller office is that you get to know everyone well, also on a personal basis. That’s lovely.’

They both studied Notarial Law, followed by a Tax master. Both of them did an internship at a notary’s office followed by a law firm, but missed working with figures. ‘During the internships I found out that I wanted to work with family-owned businesses and within the national market’, says Maartje. Anoek also preferred working for a regional office. ‘I really like the SME market. All those years in Tax & Legal I worked closely with MKB (SME) A&A. My current challenge is to extend the practice and grow the team.’

 

What I like about Deloitte is that it’s a professional environment with specialists in all fields of expertise, but the atmosphere is casual.

Anoek and Maartje work for a variety of clients, from small and medium-sized businesses to former owners who have recently sold their company. Maartje: ‘We offer top-advice to SMEs and their owners in a closely knit team of accountants and tax lawyers. I really enjoy meeting with the owners themselves.

For instance, one of my clients runs a very successful business and wants to involve his children. Together, we discuss what would be the best way approach, followed by the proper coordination and alignment with the tax authorities. It’s a fun project. I like the meetings with the client as well as the round-up at the notary’s office, and the fact that my clients are pleased with the results and really trust us, because we arrange everything for them from the very beginning until the happy end.’

 

Anoek: ‘Business transfers are quite common within SMEs, whether it’s an M&A transaction or whether the ownership is transferred to family. It’s wonderful if you are able to combine the personal aspect with business advice.’ They both enjoy personal contact with their clients the best. Maartje: ‘The variety of clients means that there’s never a dull moment. They can be wealthy and humble or “big spenders”.’ Anoek: ‘Some clients want to remain anonymous, others like the spotlights.'

In order to service clients well, they often work with other fields of expertise. Anoek: ‘For instance, in VAT issues or M&A transactions. It’s wonderful to have so many colleagues within Deloitte. There’s always someone who knows the answer. The lines are short and you have easy access to everyone. I often work with Belgian colleagues, since many of my clients live close to or across the Belgian border. Some clients participate in cross-border businesses, some business owners have a holiday home in Spain or Austria. These are also areas of advice for us. Our international network really offers added value in those cases.’

 

One of the main reasons that I like working at Deloitte so much is that I am able to combine my job with my family of three young kids.

In order to service clients well, they often work with other fields of expertise. Anoek: ‘For instance, in VAT issues or M&A transactions. It’s wonderful to have so many colleagues within Deloitte. There’s always someone who knows the answer. The lines are short and you have easy access to everyone. I often work with Belgian colleagues, since many of my clients live close to or across the Belgian border. Some clients participate in cross-border businesses, some business owners have a holiday home in Spain or Austria. These are also areas of advice for us. Our international network really offers added value in those cases.’

‘What I like about Deloitte is that it’s a professional environment with professionals in all fields of expertise, but the atmosphere is casual’, says Anoek. ‘I can be me. We’re all equal, the division of roles is unbiased. I have never felt that I was treated differently because I’m a woman.’ Maartje values the no-nonsense culture. ‘If you want to, you can be coached in every field. You’re in charge of your own career, but it’s up to you. If you raise your hand, people will listen.’

Maartje: ‘One of the main reasons that I like working at Deloitte so much is the flexibility. I am able to combine my job with my family of three young kids. It doesn’t matter when I’m working, as long as I do it well and honour my commitments. Especially that flexibility, great co-workers and wonderful clients make me feel that I belong here.’

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