A former Downham schoolboy has just been appointed a director of chartered accountants and business advisors Stephenson Smart (East Anglia) Limited.
Henry Pettitt, 29, a chartered accountant and member of the institute of taxation, lives in Pentney and used to attend Downham High School, now Downham Academy.
He has successfully established the Stephenson Smart name on the east coast since it expanded opening a new office in Great Yarmouth last year.
Stephenson Smart (East Anglia) Limited is a division of the century-old West Norfolk-based Stephenson Smart, which has six offices employing 100 staff in Lynn, Fakenham, Downham, March, Wisbech and Great Yarmouth, all offering the same full range of business and personal accountancy services.
Mr Pettitt, has built a strong team and client base in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas.
He completed his training with Stephenson Smart after graduating from Keele University with a degree in economics and finance.
Clive Dodds, Stephenson Smart senior partner, said Henry’s appointment as a director had followed a “hugely successful” first few months.
Said Mr Dodds: “Henry has done a tremendous job since we moved into Great Yarmouth, supporting clients in the transition and taking on new clients. He has built a great team and has made a big impact on clients, existing and new, as we grow in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas.”
The firm also completed this week on the purchase of East Coast House, Beacon Park, Gorleston, where Mr Pettitt and 15 staff are based.
“Our purchase of East Coast House demonstrates our commitment to the area,” Mr Dodds said.
Stephenson Smart took over the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft business of BDO after the international company decided to concentrate its regional operations earlier this year.
Expanding east was part of the firm’s “structured and reasoned” growth plan, Mr Dodds said.
Mr Pettitt said: “We are looking to 2016 with a strong team and client base, working with businesses in all sectors, including offshore, from small contractors to larger clients and leisure and tourism, with work ranging from simple tax return clients to full audit services.
“We are a community-based firm and want to be a part of the community. We have been picking up new clients across the area, in Waveney as well as Great Yarmouth.”