Anniversary special: 90 years of Rawcliffe & Co Accountants

Clients benefit from investments in practice, people and products

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Rawcliffe & Co moved into its new headquarters at Barons Court last July as part of its ambitious expansion plans. The new address represents a £500,000 investment in the future of the practice.

Managing partner Ian Harrison explains: “We’ve taken on a lot more staff in our audit and tax departments, they are two growing areas for us and we have plans to recruit more people as we continue to develop our services.

“We’re really pleased with our new home; it is modern and comfortable and gives us a great base for our business and our people.”

Rawcliffe and Co also remains proud of its Fylde Coast roots. Over its 90 years it has seen the local economy grow and diversify. And it has also seen the local professional services community develop and strengthen.

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Ian says: “Local businesses don’t need to go to the big city practices in Manchester and Liverpool. There is a vibrant professional services sector here which we are playing a big part in.

“And our deep understanding of the business community here, their challenges and their needs gives us a real edge.

“You only have to look around here on the Whitehills Business Park to see the depth of experience and knowledge being offered by the growing number of professional services companies that are based here.”

When Rawcliffe & Co began life much of its work was carried out for the many B&B and small hotel owners that made a living from tourism. That has changed over the years as the area’s economy as broadened.

Ian adds: “Tourism remains an important part of the local economy on the Fylde Coast today and we have many longstanding and highly successful clients in the sector.

“However, it is true to say that the local economy continues to develop and become more diverse which is good news for the area. “For instance, we are seeing an expansion in the energy sector which is being driven by a lot of local expertise and knowledge.”