Cresswells announce acquisition

Hebden Bridge’s largest chartered accountancy practice, Cresswells, has announced the acquisition of a local book-keeping and payroll company.

Having recently celebrated 125 years of trading in the town, Cresswells has acquired CBC Outsourcing which has been trading from neighbouring premises in Market Street.

The takeover is part of Cresswells continuing plans to expand in Calderdale and will result in changes to the office frontage and the re-location of Cresswells’ current first floor reception to street level, as CBC’s services are brought under the Cresswells’ brand.

Last month Cresswells expanded its team of support staff with the appointment of Charlotte Gibbon, 18, as office junior and Julie Noble, 55, as secretary/administrator.

The firm is currently also recruiting an experienced accountant and it is expected that the takeover will provide additional office space for Cresswells’ expanding team.

Cresswells has been trading from premises on Market Street in Hebden Bridge since the 1880s, becoming an incorporated business in the summer of 1889 when Penny Farthings were still in use.

Partner Paul Vine said: “Over the past eighteen months we’ve experienced a huge increase in demand for accountancy services. The acquisition of CBC and their premises will provide Cresswells with a stronger high street presence and provide much needed office space for our expanding team.”

“CBC Outsourcing has a reputation built on trust and exceptional customer service and we’re delighted to be welcoming all their staff to the Cresswells fold”, he added.

All staff at CBC Outsourcing will remain in their current roles and it is expected that the acquisition will provide new opportunities for their professional and career development.

Cresswells recently announced it had signed a deal to sponsor the Street Sundae event at this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. The practice plans to open a satellite office in Halifax later this year. 

L-R John Dakin Graham Roper and Paul Vine partners at Cresswells Chartered Accountants in Hebden Bridge
John Dakin Graham Roper and Paul Vine partners at Cresswells Chartered Accountants in Hebden Bridge

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