ACCOUNTANCY firm Harlands has opened an office in Newcastle as it works to win new clients and double revenues to £2m in five years.
The Consett-based firm has just opened a Westgate Road office, where it plans to have four staff by the end of the year, as it tries to win fresh business on Tyneside. The firm, which has 28 staff, is looking to broaden its client base across the North East and into the North West over the next five years.
Harlands customer services director Phil Murray said: “It’s a fantastic space. We’ll have been in Consett for 30 years in September, but as a third of our clients are based in NE postcodes we decided we needed to add another office a bit closer.
“We’re responding to demand, and we’d also like to win more clients in Newcastle and the surrounding area. There are a lot of exciting products and companies in the area, and we’re keen to grow our client base.”
The firm structured last year following a management buy-out, but is now focusing on new service areas such as the social enterprise sector.
It has recently partnered up with the Financial Management Centre to provide online accounting and book-keeping packages.
It has also been heavily involved with the NETPark technology park in Sedgefield for more than six months as part of its Affinity Members scheme, in which companies can pay to be the designated specialist in their field to a range of promising and fast-growing science and technology firms.
Murray said: “We tend to work with growing businesses who have a requirement to raise finance, as well as businesses that want to keep a regular check on their finances. We help them to really understand their finances and their business.
“Science and technology and renewables are important areas of growth in the North East, and indeed in the UK. ”
Harlands already has a Tyneside client base which includes Northern Construction Training, a community interest company providing vocational training opportunities.
Jamie Paterson, director of Northern Construction Training, said: “Although we are based in Newcastle, Harlands were recommended to us as a proactive, forward thinking accountancy practice and they have never disappointed.”