About Our Practice

Old fashioned values – up to date solutions

The occupants of 31 High Street have been providing accountancy and taxation services for clients since 1904. The first occupant was D W Richardson Jnr (son of the notable D W Richardson, Printer) who became an accountant in 1900. He was then succeeded in his practice by ‘Dobson and Williamson’ (Mr Richardson’s clerks), and then latterly by ‘Norman Williamson’ as a sole practitioner. Paul Tranter & Co succeeded to the business in 1988.

The broad base of experience and interests of its staff makes the practice ideally suited to provide a wealth of relevant advice on all aspects of business matters and their taxation and financial implications.

After achieving a BSc Hons degree in Chemistry from St Andrews, Paul did not join his family’s Midlands based wholesale ironmongery & hardware business, but took articles and soon qualified with Touche Ross & Co., Chartered Accountants. After reaching manager level he joined a large general practice in the Scottish Borders, before spending 4 years with Intercontinental Hotels (then a division of Pan Am) during which time he travelled the world with his team of 14 accountants undertaking hotel systems audits, and management projects. On his return to the UK, Paul took a partnership in a Richmond practice which led to establishing his own practice in Stokesley. The North Yorkshire market town based practice has grown and flourished over the years, now servicing clients from Leeds to Newcastle, and from Whitby to Alston and the Yorkshire dales. Clients businesses reflect the spectrum of trades and professions, ranging from agriculture to performing arts, and from construction to retail. They vary in size from small sole traders to several million pound turnover companies. Paul still runs his livestock farm near Barnard Castle maintaining a well established pedigree flock.
The staff and their prime functions are:

Andrew Welford , ACCA, Accounts Manager, with his team Kristopher Steele, Ana Mona Enache, and Andy Peacock.

Martin Huxford, Tax Manager & Company Secretarial Services, with Laura Wise, PA, & payroll, Gillian Kendrew, VAT and bookkeeping, and Emily James, secretarial & payroll.

Laura, Gill, Emily and Martin also operate the practices’ Yorkshire Building Society Agency.

Operating as a sole practitioner Paul is able to ensure that clients always receive an excellent and personal service from the practice and its friendly, helpful staff, who always will return a phone call when asked. Access to the Principal by the client, and maintaining excellent client relationships is of paramount importance in any business, and particularly in a small market town general practice.

The current three storey office building is a Victorian house built on the site of a two storey pub, The Black Bull. Sadly the planning authorities were not effective at the start of the 20th century, allowing the pub and its particular architectural features (see header photograph) to be demolished. Later, flooding from the River Leven at the rear of the offices resulted in the pub cellars being completely filled with concrete – a source of continual regret with the ever increasing demands on office space. Some of the pressures for office space have now been relieved by the addition of a 2 story premises to join the existing office at the rear of the building. The building work was completed Autumn 2011.

If you would like to discuss the needs of your business with us, please contact us.