CaptureA firm of chartered accountants that will celebrate its 100th anniversary in two years time has opened its sixth office in Redcar and is already seeing business grow steadily.

M Wasley Chapman & Co now employs around 40 people and chose to establish its latest office in UK Steel Enterprise’s Innovation Centre on the Kirkleatham Business Park.  It was a move that also brought the company yet more new business as six of the other tenants based at the Centre are now their clients.

The team of three working from the new office have easy access to the company’s local clients and good transport links to others that stretch in an area from Newcastle to Leeds.

Wasley Chapman provides financial advice and works closely with clients from start-up businesses and sole traders to SMEs and major corporate companies. Initially established in Whitby in 1918, it also has offices in Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Guisborough and Saltburn.

“We wanted to be able to provide advice and support on the ground to our Redcar clients,” said Partner Philip Cuthbert. “We are already recruiting again as we expect further expansion this year.   We are very committed to training too and each of our offices usually has at least two trainees.”

The firm is strongly committed to regional businesses and, especially, to Teesside. Having spent two years as an accountant and auditor in Sydney, Australia then six years in corporate roles in the city, Philip Cuthbert returned to his native North East and joined Wasley Chapman.

“I came back to Teesside due to my passion for the area and I think our faith in the North East and Yorkshire is well-founded as the rising demand for our services demonstrates a good level of business activity.

“We work with all sizes of business but smaller companies in particular, who perhaps don’t have an in-house finance director, often need the expertise that we can bring to their team.  The Innovation Centre has proved to be a great choice with all the space, facilities and parking we need as well as a supportive UK Steel Enterprise team on hand,” he added.

Sue Kirk of UK Steel Enterprise, the Tata Steel subsidiary that supports businesses with finance and premises, said:  “We are pleased that Wasley Chapman chose our Innovation Centre for their sixth office.   We have more than 40 businesses based here and our tenants value being part of a supportive community, often using each other’s services, so Wasley Chapman gained six new clients in quite a short space of time.”

Details of UK Steel Enterprise’s support for businesses from 01642 777 777 or www.uksteelenterprise.co.uk.  M Wasley Chapman is on www.wasley-chapman.co.uk