Posted: August 3, 2016
The buildings have expanded and there are significantly more partners and staff, but the ethos at Burgess Hodgson is the same as it was when the practice moved to the city 40 years ago.
In the last four decades, Burgess Hodgson has developed a reputation for first-class expertise and cost-effective financial solutions tailored to its clients’ needs. This reputation is down to the quality of people that the firm employs: many of the partners learnt their trade with the practice and Burgess Hodgson continues to recruit and retain staff from the surrounding area. It really adds a different dimension to the business.
This summer sees Burgess Hodgson celebrating its 40th anniversary of business in Canterbury. Prior to that the practice had operated in London, where it was first established in 1938; it still retains a strong client base in the capital today.
From arriving in the city in 1976 with two partners – Len Hodgson and Colin Slater – and eight employees, the practice has grown significantly in the last 40 years. Today, the building is home to over 100 staff and 15 partners, with Steve Sutton having served as senior partner since 1993.
Part of the firm’s strategy has been to keep the firm as one team, under one roof, opposed to multiple offices. This gives Burgess Hodgson a unique position among other accountancy practices many of which are split over smaller offices. Last year, the practice opened a walkway between the two buildings it occupies on New Dover Road to further cement its reputation and location in the city.
The milestone achievement – 40 years in Canterbury – has already been marked by a black-tie dinner at Westgate Hall for the staff. Hailed a success by all who attended, the night saw partners, staff and their guests enjoy a four-course meal and live music to celebrate a unique event.
Burgess Hodgson continues to grow year on year, to enhance its already well-known reputation for expertise. It aims to take on 10 to 12 trainees and apprentices this year, similar to last year, remarkable growth when you consider the difficult economic circumstances the economy has faced in recent years.
Not only that, but the number of partners and associates within the firm has grown rapidly in the last 10 years to reflect the growth of the business. Nearly all of these went through their training with the firm – further evidence of Burgess Hodgson’s desire to promote talent from within.
“We have never grown by acquisition,” said Mr Sutton. It is all about internal growth. We laid our foundations in Canterbury 40 years ago, but we continue to go from strength to strength and will be looking forward to celebrating similar anniversaries in years to come.”