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It’s pleasing to be asked to write a few words for the website and in time for the issue of our second newsletter. 2018 will coincide with the onset of my 70th year in age and 55th with Towers + Gornall and now having to formulate a plan of retirement, it gives me an opportunity to communicate sincere thanks to all my many clients, past and present, for their valued business over such a lengthy period of time. In the vast majority of cases it has been much more than the normal accountant / client relationship and I’ve made many true and lasting friendships, for which I’m most grateful.
I recall vividly arriving at the door of 50 Market Place on 6th August 1963, the firm had until a few months earlier comprised the Garstang branch of the Fylde Coast accountants Bowman, Grimshaw & Co and had been bought out by its two local managers John Anthony Towers and Wilfrid James Gornall. There were six staff, including John Cross, to whom I was assigned to be trained in accounts production and with whom I was to work for over 45 years. Conditions were very basic; the first adding machine arrived only later that year and it was for the use of the whole office! However, I’m proud to say we were one of the first firms in the area to prepare computerised accounts, taking delivery of an Olivetti system in 1979.
On the death of John Towers and retirement of Wilf Gornall, both in 1987, I was appointed managing partner of the firm, stepping down in 2004 to concentrate my full efforts on client work. During that time we moved to the new offices at Abacus House, effected a happy merger with local firm Mark Haslam Sons & Co and expanded our interests into the Bentham, Ribble Valley and Bowland areas. Most satisfying of all though was witnessing the excellent progress made by our then junior staff and their development into the present Directors and Seniors of Towers + Gornall Ltd. I’m really proud of the efforts of all my colleagues for their contribution in ensuring continuation of the friendly service and standard of excellence we have always striven for.
I’ll shortly be writing to my clients individually setting out my plans and details of succession, but briefly, I intend to be in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1st April 2017. I appreciate, however, an amount of flexibility will be required in such an arrangement and I will of course be most happy to comply.
Thanks again everyone.