Our history

C A Plus actually has a long history. In the early 1980's a group of voluntary organisations in Nottingham met together with the City Council to see what could be done to help groups receiving grant aid. At the time a small number of community accounting projects were starting in other towns and cities - Hackney, Liverpool, Oldham etc. With funding through the Urban Programme, a Community Accounting Support Unit was established under the leadership of a secondee from a major bank. The Unit was established and managed by John Pike of Action Resource Centre (now part of Business in the Community).

Funding was agreed in 1983 and the Unit was fully operational in early 1984. Richard Harrison and then Cyril Morris were on secondment to the Action Resource Centre and they began to offer support to local voluntary organisations. Bill Pugh was the first employee, shortly followed by Chris Zielinski. Among the earliest clients was Stonebridge City Farm - still using CA Plus today.The first formal training session was held on Saturday 7th April, 1984. An early member of the team was Debbie Anscombe who joined in 1985 and is still here.

For a number of years the CAS Unit worked in the City, doing accounts and training work, but in 1991 the Unit became an independent organisation and a new era began. Nottingham Community Accounting Services (NCAS) was launched in July 1991 as an independent charity working throughout Nottinghamshire. John O'Brien, stil our Chief Exec, joined at that time. Staff numbers and services were expanded and the volume of work increased significantly over the next few years. NCAS also began to play a key role in the development of the National Network of similar services throughout the UK - helping to organise and hosting the annual conference for a number of years.

As the organisation grew, the range of demand increased and it was time to think about the legal structure of the organisation. In July 2000, NCAS was formally dissolved and all operations transferred to the new charitable company Community Accounting Plus....

And on we go....