Mint Accounting – Where Money Grows On Trees Thanks To DJCAD Graduate


10th September 2015

Mint Accounting, one of Scotland’s fastest-growing cloud accountants, today proved that money can grow on trees, thanks to a unique art installation at its Dundee office.

The one-off, origami constructed tree by Fine Art student, Fiona Hay – a recent graduate of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) – caught the eye of Mint Accounting Directors, Allison Walker and Charlotte Gillett, at the artist’s recent end of year show. The piece has now been installed in Mint’s new Dundee office, which opened on 24th August 2015.

The tree is made up of 1000 origami cranes, origami cherry blossoms and painted imitation bank notes on the trunk. In ancient Japanese legends, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. Some saying this can bring eternal good luck, a long life or recovery from illness or injury. The artist took a view that most people would wish for money or wealth, hence the incorporation of bank notes.

Charlotte Gillett comments: “Having opened our new office in Dundee, we were keen to add a piece of art to its walls whilst also supporting a local artist. Being new to Dundee, the degree show at DJCAD really opened our eyes to the amount of talented, young, creative people in the area, so we knew we wanted to support this sector.

“When we went along to the degree show the tree immediately stood out - not just for its beauty - but also for its similarities to Mint Accounting. The fact the tree incorporated money, our business’s lifeblood, did draw us in, but the ancient Japanese legend behind the piece is what really won us over.

“We work with many businesses, providing them with the support required to keep tight and robust control over their financial activities. Many of these businesses have ambitious plans, and while we have our teams working consistently to guide them on the right financial path, a little ancient luck was an additional bonus we wanted to lend our clients.

“The degree show at DJCAD is a real testament to the city and we intend to purchase a piece of art from the show every year. The tree itself is likely to move offices over the next few years so that we can showcase Fiona’s talent and pass on good fortune across the country.”

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Mint Accounting is currently Scotland’s largest Xero partner, holds the title of Xero Scotland Partner of the Year 2015, and was recently named Small Accountancy Firm of the Year 2015 at the Scottish Accountancy and Finance Awards.

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