Businessmen and women from across Yorkshire and beyond joined together to help a Harrogate firm of chartered accountants celebrate its 50th birthday.
Independent, family-run Cook Trotter Ltd marked its golden anniversary with a party for clients, family and friends in the spa town where the business was originally founded.
Former Leeds University accountancy lecturer Peter Cook set up his practice in 1966 at his home in Harrogate after discovering that a few of his friends needed his accountancy skills.
Some of Peter’s original clients from five decades ago are still with the firm today and were amongst the guests at the celebrations, held at Harrogate Cricket Club.
Business partner Gillian Trotter joined Peter in 1984, and the firm changed its name to Cook Trotter and eventually moved to its current premises on Hornbeam Park, Harrogate.
Peter, who died in 2003, was a keen sportsman. A member of Harrogate Racquets Club, he was a former Chairman of Harrogate Golf Club and President of The Club on Victoria Avenue.
Business partner Gillian is a former Mayoress of Harrogate, Consort to the Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council in 2012/2013 and is Treasurer of Harrogate and District Soroptimist International.
Gillian attributes the success of Cook Trotter Ltd to retaining the values held by founder Peter Cook.
“Peter was such an affable gentleman who always went the extra mile for his clients. Although we sadly lost Peter to cancer a number of years ago, we have tried to ensure that his values are retained.
“He would be delighted to see the business he founded in his spare room at home celebrate its 50th birthday,” said Gillian.
“Our success as a small business in Harrogate is also due to the spirit of teamwork within the firm – all our staff are loyal and hardworking.”