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Expanding Firm Moves base

An award-winning accountancy and business advisory firm has moved into new office premises following a year of substantial growth.

Robson Laidler has relocated 36 of its 105 staff to new 6200sq ft office space at Mains House, on Chester le Street’s Front Street, following a £180,000 office refurb.

The building, which is the former Gordon Brown Law Firm site, has undergone substantial internal renovation and features new collaborative working features such as an interactive media wall, silent office pods, standing desks for hot desking and agile working, a games room, dining area, showers, and bike storage.   

The move will see the firm, which has taken on 15 new recruits in the last 6-month alone, increase its headcount further over the next 12 months, as it looks to meet growing client demand across the region.

Robson Laidler, which has a head office in Jesmond, Newcastle specialises in accountancy, tax and business advisory work for fast growing businesses. Under the leadership of managing director Graham Purvis the 102-year-old firm has reported a 13.5 % growth at the close of its last financial year and is on target to reach 15% growth in the current year with new business sale projections hitting £660k. 

Operations director Nick Wilson who oversaw the office move said: “We’ve continued to grow our presence across County Durham and the move to our wonderful new office space will provide a stimulating and collaborative environment for our staff so they can in turn provide the highest level of service possible to our growing client portfolios.  

“We know from research that collaborative and creative working spaces enhance the employee experience, which motivates them to provide a better service to their clients.

“Our new space is full of additional perks and amenities to help our staff be fulfilled at work as we strive to be an employer of choice.

“The new office is also testament to the fantastic work our teams have put in to help us serve even more successful businesses in the region.

“Our growth plans are to continue building on this success by adding to our team and continuing to form and strengthen relationships with businesses and clients across the North East.”

Robson Laidler has also committed to creating a number of apprenticeship roles to help more young people get their foot onto the career ladder and supporting them through their Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) training.

Nick continues: “We’re committed to creating opportunities for local people and especially those looking to break into the industry, so it’s fantastic to see our trainee programme already proving a hit among A-level leavers, having taken on four already this year.”

Robson Laidler has also achieved B Corp certification, meaning it balances profits with purpose and was crowned the North East Accountancy Firm of the Year in June this year.

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