Accountants’ video is a Christmas greeting with a difference

Cassons No. 5

A Manchester accountant is helping to give his clients a Christmas greeting with a difference – by playing a starring role in a pop video.

Josh Donohoe of Bury is Student Tax Assistant in the bar department at Cassons on Bridge Street in the city, but was given the chance to show off his skills as a gymnast when the firm created ‘Cassons No.5’, their very own version of Lou Bega’s 1999 hit Mambo No. 5.

Cassons has become well known for its unique approach to Christmas and hope the video will bring a seasonal smile to the faces of their clients and friends across the world.

The video, which stars partners and staff from every department of the firm, reveals some of the team’s hidden talents and party pieces, including juggling, gymnastics, magic tricks and dancing.

Josh, a former gymnastics coach at Bury Gymnastics Club said: “Taking part in the video was fantastic – I think everyone was a bit surprised when they saw me backflipping across the boardroom! Everyone has been really enthusiastic and it’s been exciting to find out the amazing talents some of my colleagues have.

Les Nutter, Managing Partner at Cassons, said: “Over the last 10 years Cassons’ Christmas greetings have become something of a tradition for our people and clients alike – we like to do something fun and outside of what is normally expected from accountants.

“Everyone loves our Christmas greeting and from September onwards we receive messages from clients and friends asking what we are doing for our Christmas video and when they’ll see it. 

“This is the fifth Christmas video we’ve filmed, so it seemed appropriate to do Cassons’ own version of Mambo No. 5.

“We’ve rewritten the lyrics of the song to make it very personal to us. 

“The lyrics reference the work we do for our clients and they also match team members’ hidden talents, many of which were discovered at the firm’s Christmas party! 

“Although you may not guess it, virtually all of the filming took place at our Lancashire office.”

Cassons became an internet sensation two years ago when their ‘Holding Out for a Hero’ video, which showed the firm saving a client from a mountain of paperwork, attracted over 10,000 views worldwide.

Les, who appears in the latest film playing a trombone with other Cassons partners as part of the horn section, added: “It’s all about having fun and showing people a different, unexpected aspect to the business.”

Filmed over 3 days by Shooters Media based in Oswaldtwistle, the production features the vocals of Blackburn musician Bryony Hamer, and the acting talents of Manchester’s Gemma Hepworth who plays the role of the singer.

Cassons’ previous Christmas videos are available to view on YouTube and via the Cassons website.