Accountancy firm Francis Clark expands in Plymouth creating jobs
CHARTERED accountancy firm Francis Clark has expanded its Plymouth office after taking on more staff.
The firm has taken a second floor at North Quay House, overlooking Sutton Harbour, having almost doubled its number of staff in Plymouth in just six years. It has taken on 10 people in the past year alone.
There are now 70 Francis Clark staff working at North Quay House, with plans to grow this to 90 in the near future. The firm occupies 8,000sq ft over two floors having signed a new 10-year lease with Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc.
Plymouth-based partner Stuart Cowen said: "Francis Clark has seen tremendous growth in Plymouth, especially in our tax, corporate and family business services and these are all areas where we see further opportunities.
"We've also expanded in financial services as we see major opportunities for reputable advice in the area.
"We have promoted two new Plymouth-based partners in the past two years – Martin Atkins and Tim Culverhouse – both with significant experience of new and growing businesses.
"When we moved to North Quay in 2006 we thought we had enough space to expand for the following 10 years – six years later, and despite hard economic times, we were bursting at the seams.
"Hence we've renegotiated the old leases for new 10 year terms with more space, and this shows the investment we're willing to make. "
The firm's continued growth has been welcomed by Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, which owns North Quay House.
Chief executive Jason Schofield said: "We are delighted Francis Clark sees such a strong future in Plymouth and to have a firm of this calibre commit to more long-term space part way through its existing lease not only reinforces Sutton Harbour's reputation as a unique, high quality business location in the heart of the city but also emphasises its importance as a major focus for business in the South West region.
"Francis Clark's expansion is another example of major businesses recognising the attraction of Sutton Harbour."