North East accountancy firm Stuart Hall and Co. is celebrating 10 years in business.
The firm, founded in 2009 by Stuart Hall, has expanded to 16 members of staff throughout its North East branches.
The firm’s head office is situated in Bishop Auckland, though surrounding branches have opened up in Stockton, Teesside and the Borders.
Stuart Hall said: “I launched the firm from a bedroom at home and we’ve grown organically since then.
“In the past year, we’ve taken on an accountant and two apprentices – one in accounting and one in administration. We’re also planning to recruit another apprentice for the Stockton office very soon.”
The firm encourages training and apprenticeships among its staff, with three of its current staff having completed full apprenticeships, and four more members currently completing them.
He added: “We like to hire apprentices as we’re passionate about seeing people meet their potential. That’s how I started and it’s wonderful to help people get to where they want to be.
“We believe in the personal approach and having a network of smaller offices, as opposed to one larger base, fits in with that.”
Stuart hopes that the next 10 years will see further recruitment and expansion for the firm.
He said: “Our growth to date has all been due to word of mouth, and we believe our personal approach, and investment in local talent, stands us in good stead for the future.”