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Driffield accountancy firm celebrates 100 years in business

Jackson Robson Licence has paid tribute to the continuing support of its clients and staff as the Driffield accountancy firm recently celebrated its milestone centenary anniversary.

Established in 1922 as G M Blakeston, the business is proud of the reputation it has built and is looking forward to giving valued service to the Driffield community and further afield for years to come.

George Matthew Blakeston set up the business at the same location as the current premises on Exchange Street 100 years ago.

In 1938 he joined with Ken Jackson, and when Allen Robson joined the business in 1944, the Jackson Robson involvement was established, although the firm was still known as G M Blakeston & Co.

It was 1964 when the business became known as Jackson Robson and at this time new partners Gordon Mountain, Geoff Robson and Eric Ludlam joined.

Over the years between 1964 and 2000, the company welcomed a number of partners including Tony Wilson, Tim Cooper, Adrian Ludlam, Geoff Mountain, Philip Robson and Neville Goodwin.

After merging with J H Licence & Son in Bridlington and Driffield in 2000, the business took on its current name Jackson Robson Licence and Richard Miles and Robin Taylor joined from J H Licence.
In the same year, Rob Lomas, who was a sole practitioner in Driffield, also joined with Jackson Robson Licence.

Presently, there are four directors, Lyndsey Makin, who joined the business in 2007 and became a director in 2014, Geoff Mountain, Philip Robson and Rob Lomas.

The company has been based on Exchange Street for all of its 100 years.

While always having been located on Exchange Street, the business has expanded over the years to accommodate its increasing client base and following a fire in 1993 which destroyed the old Victorian Salerooms, Jackson Robson acquired the site, which enabled it to create its car park.

The business has also had offices in Beverley and Bridlington; however, its main base has always been in Driffield, with the company having provided a full range of accountancy services to the Capital of the Wolds and further afield for the past century.

Philip Robson told the Wolds Weekly that there have been many developments over the years but something which has never changed is the personal service they offer to their clients near and far.

He said: “We have always been highly regarded for our support of the agriculture and farming sector and we have many clients in leisure and sport, which stem from Allen Robson’s connections.

“When the Cattle Market was situated over the road, farmers used to come in on a Thursday and we would often have a full waiting room, and our clients have always valued the personal service we provide.

“Farmers used to pay tax based on land value or rent and in the late 1940s this changed to being based on profits and that is when we gained an influx of farming clients and we have acted for many of them ever since and have many clients that go back generations.

Agricultural Shield Presentation by Peter Mawer. From left: Adrian Ludlam, Geoff Mountain, Peter Mawer, Philip Robson, Allen Robson, Tony Wilson and Geoff Robson

“We act for many local businesses of all shapes and sizes as well as a number further afield from the north of Scotland to London and even some overseas clients.

“From established businesses to new companies just getting started, we offer a wide range of services and advice to help our clients’ businesses grow and succeed.

“We have always prided ourselves on being on the end of a phone or on hand for a meeting when our clients need us and we believe it is that personal service which has led to our success over the years.”

As well as providing a full range of accountancy services, advice on business start-up and development, probate, tax and in the current digital age, advice on Making Tax Digital, Jackson Robson Licence is also an agent for Yorkshire Building Society.

Philip continued: “We have been a building society agency for around 50 years. People like the fact that they can come in and speak to somebody in person and it gives them reassurance.

Jackson Robson License – !00th Anniversary

“It is this level of customer service that we have upheld in all areas of our business, when somebody rings us, they are put through to speak to somebody and if they want to make an appointment they can come in and see us.

“It has always been the same and people value that level of service.”
Jackson Robson Licence continues to evolve and grow and invest in its staff to ensure they can provide the highest level of service to its customers.

“There have been many changes over the years, when the business was first set up everything was done manually and all records were handwritten. I have some old ledgers and accounts and they are interesting to look back on,” he added.

“We used to do auditing of limited companies however we stopped 10 years ago because the audit threshold for companies got bigger, we moved into probate and administration of estates and that is a growing part of the business.

“Our staff are trained so that they can help our clients to troubleshoot problems and provide the best advice and support for their business needs.

“As we continue to grow and develop the business and look to the future, we would be keen to hear from people who may be interested in joining us.

“As we mark 100 years in business, we would like to thank all of our valued clients and staff.
“We look forward to the future and continuing to provide a valuable service to the local community and further afield.”

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