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This month’s feature is by David Drain
Diamond Anniversary News
This year we celebrated our 60th year in business in a variety of ways. This included working with Simon Tippler at the local Round Tower Brewery to create a bespoke “Diamond Ale” to celebrate the milestone. You may have seen us in July at the Beer Festival sampling a few pints, it went down well & we ordered a second batch!
In November we invited the founder of the firm, Kenneth Carr and his wife Doreen to Oaklands Park to plant a tree to mark the occasion. We were fortunate enough to have amongst our guests former partners Michael Vandome and Malcolm Hamlyn and some of the staff who worked with Ken back in the “good old days”. We were also delighted to have the company of some of our long standing clients all of whom have been loyal to the firm for some 50 years. It was a pleasure to see everyone catching up.
Ken was only 26 when he founded the practice in 1953, a brave step at the time. In the 1970s Malcolm (1970) & Michael (1973) joined Ken as partners. The foundations laid by the 3 of them have played a vital part in the firm’s continued success and they represent the only partnership retirements in the firm’s 60 year history.
We have grown significantly over the decades and now operate with 7 partners and a staff of around 40. Of the current partners David Drain (partner since 1982), Francis Whitbread (1991), Stewart Martin (1992) and Debbie Wakefield (2005) all trained and qualified with the firm, before leaving to gain further experience, subsequently returning as partners. The other 3 partners, Eric Williams, Ray Crace and Colin Barker all worked with much larger national firms before joining us in 1991, 1999 and 2012 respectively. There is no doubt that with 4 of the current partners trained in the ways of the firm the influence of the retired 3 is still felt around the Boardroom table.
We are proud of our history, stability and honest endeavour which has brought success even through times of general economic difficulty. We provide a variety of services to clients including audit, accountancy, business advice, tax compliance and specialist advice, payroll services and consultancy advice. The current year has seen a significant expansion in the accountancy practice and our wholly owned subsidiary EC Financial Services Limited, run by David Carr – son of our founder, has provided excellent independent financial advice and support to clients.
Even though the firm has been around for 60 years – we don’t take for granted that it will continue for another 60. Many factors have helped us to become one of the leading independent practices in the City of Chelmsford. Much is due to the fact that we have a great team of people working for us giving a friendly and professional service. We also owe a debt of gratitude to our clients for their loyalty and continued recommendations.
Once again we thank our clients, our staff and our friends for their support during the first 60 years of Edmund Carr LLP and look forward to the future.
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