John Takes Over Reins at Straughans

Posted on the 15 February 2018

John Takes Over Reins at Straughans

Chester le Street accountancy practice Straughans, part of the Robson Laidler Group, has announced the promotion of John Holbrook to a director role as the former directors prepare for their retirement in March.

John, 33 from Crook, will succeed Mike Fleming and Mike Tait who have jointly directed the firm since the 1980’s and spearheaded the takeover by Jesmond accountancy practice Robson Laidler last year, which saw it acquire Straughans to become a £4m group.

John joined Straughans in 2016 as corporate services manager, overseeing more than 200 business clients. Before this John started his career at Allen Sykes in Bishop Auckland where he completed his ACCA training and qualified as a chartered certified accountant. He then moved on to Rowlands where he worked for four years as an audit senior.

In his new role John will head up the operations of the entire firm as well as help to implement an aggressive five year business strategy for both Robson Laidler and Straughans, who are currently still operating under different names.

Commenting on John’s promotion Mike Fleming, who despite taking semi-retirement will continue to act as a consultant for the firm said: “John is passionate about working with businesses, helping them to grow and succeed and he delivers an excellent service. He has contributed greatly to the success of Straughans and I’m delighted that he has taken on the role as new director.

“John’s impeccable attention to detail coupled with his passion for technological changes and advancements in digital accountancy makes him the perfect person to lead Straughans into the future.

“Promoting John to director is also testament to our continued dedication to support the career progression of our staff. We are committed to promoting individuals that demonstrate the values and culture of the business and John is a prime example of this, having consistently delivered exceptional service to his clients, peers and the community within which we are based.”

Straughans services include revenue and wealth growth, profit and cashflow improvement, asset protection, tax minimisation, succession planning, financial retirement and estate planning as well as traditional services such as audit, bookkeeping, accounts, tax returns, payroll and wills.

John Holbrook said: “Straughans is a long established business, founded in the 1950s and has therefore built up a solid reputation and client base. My ambition is to maintain and exceed the longevity and high quality of service that has been provided over the life of Straughans. I am delighted to be appointed as a director and excited about the future of the firm and our talented team.”