New home begins Danbro's five-year growth plan
Danbro Accounting, a company which started in a 6’ x 6’ box room of the family home in Warton in 1999, has been handed the keys to its new home, Jubilee House in Lytham.The move marks the first stage of a five-year plan to more than double its workforce locally and client base nationally.
Managing director Damian Broughton received the keys from Michael Conlon , chairman of Conlon Construction, the family run Lancashire company responsible for the magnificent makeover of the former Land Registry premises.Mr Conlon praised the vision of Danbro and admitted: “The local people couldn’t have been kinder to us. They truly appreciate the scale of what has been achieved here. I have heard nothing but praise. It has been a marvellous project. We’re proud to have played our part.”
Mr Broughton added: “It’s become known as the Conlon building in the local community. The time has come to make it Danbro’s. We’re delighted to be here in Lytham. It now falls to us to fill this beautiful building.”The relocation from four rapidly outgrown units at Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool, to the Lytham landmark means Danbro, which employs 185 people, has more than 7,000 clients, and a turnover of £174m, is set to expand to fill the 66,000 sq ft of office space available under one roof.
Shortly after the official handover by Conlon and other contractors, Mr Broughton announced plans to staff to more than double the workforce to 500 and increase the client base to more than 16,000 over the next five years.If growth remains on target Danbro could be turning over £500m in five years' time. It’s hailed as one of the fastest growing, most profitable companies in the North West, and already has an office in London which regularly hosts national events.
The former Land Registry site closed in 2009. Danbro co-founders Damian and Helen, who met and married at the neighbouring Lytham Christian Centre, put in an offer and won planning permission in 2013.“We also fell in love with the building,” Helen , director of people and standards, said. “It seemed out of our reach at first but when it came back on the market and just languished three we thought why not go for it – so we did.” Danbro has featured in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 four times, the Daily Telegraph top 1000 companies ‘leading Britain out of recession’ last year, has just clinched coveted Investors in People gold champion accreditation, and has been shortlisted as Employer of the Year in the Red Rose Awards.