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Town turns out to celebrate 125 years of Cresswells

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More than a 100 businesses from Hebden Bridge and beyond joined the partners and staff of Cresswells accountants last night as they celebrated one and a quarter centuries in business.

Businesses from the across the Calder Valley gathered for a drinks reception at the Old Gate Bar & Restaurant in Hebden Bridge as part of Cresswells’ 125 year celebrations.

The guest list comprised many of Cresswells clients including Kevin Baldwin and his father, Stuart, founders of Mytholmroyd Land Rover outfitters Mud-UK Ltd.  Kevin is a descendant of Cressweller Crabtree, whose father first established the accountancy practice in the 1880s.

Cresswells began trading from premises on Market Street in Hebden Bridge in the 1880s, becoming an incorporated business in the summer of 1889.

Since then, the firm has evolved from a provincial practice serving a handful of local traders to one of the most dynamic and innovative firms of chartered accountants in the north of England.

During a history which spans in excess of 32,000 days of trading, the firm has witnessed many faces at its helm. Like many businesses, Cresswells fell victim to the devastating floods of 2012 but, after the clear up, the practice continued to thrive, joining other businesses in the town to welcome last year’s Stage 2 of the Tour de France.

The present team of partners comprises auditor Graham Roper, who joined the firm in 1996, taxation specialist Paul Vine (1996) and start-up expert John Dakin (2005).

In recent years the firm has developed a growing reputation with clients in the medical sector. Today Cresswells is the only large firm of Chartered Accountants in Hebden Bridge. 

Housing a 22-strong team, Cresswells offers specialisms ranging from auditing and account management, taxation and payroll to equity extraction and succession planning.

Its diverse UK-wide client base includes farmers, property developers, retailers and standup comedians as well as leading oil fuel suppliers Craggs Energy and the internationally recognised British documentary photographer and photojournalist Martin Parr.

Partner John Dakin said: “Cresswells has been serving the people and businesses of Hebden Bridge since penny farthings graced the streets.

“Today, whilst we work with companies throughout the UK, we value the loyalty of many local businesses that have trusted the Cresswells name for decades and we wanted them to share in our success.”

As part of the celebrations, guests received a gift box of Cresswells’ 125 year celebration real ale, crafted by renowned local real ale producers, Little Valley Brewery.

Cresswells recently announced it had signed a deal to sponsor the Street Sundae event at this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

Building on its success, the practice has plans to expand its presence in Hebden Bridge and to open a satellite office in Halifax later this year. 

L-R Cresswells partners Paul Vine Graham Roper and John Dakin prepare to welcome guests to their 125 year celebrations
Cresswells partners Paul Vine Graham Roper and John Dakin prepare to welcome guests to their 125 year celebrations

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