A North East accountants has expanded with a new office after a year of growth.

Bishop Auckland-based Stuart Hall & Co, which already has premises in Middlesbrough and two in Scotland, has opened a new office in Durham to make room for the five additional members of staff it has welcomed to the team in the last year.

Founder Stuart Hall said: “We have been established for over 12 years and have acquired a number of clients in the Durham area, so it was an obvious location to support the clients we already have and to also reach new ones.

“It has always been our philosophy to ensure our offices do not get too big to keep good communication at the forefront of our company aspirations, so we decided to open an additional office rather than move to a larger one.”

The business has gone from strength to strength recently, expanding by nearly 40 per cent in the last two years.

The new Durham office, which is large enough to accommodate six members of staff, will be headed by David ‘Harry’ Heslington, who was one of Stuart’s first employees.

Stuart Hall & Co was set up by Stuart in 2009 and offers accounting services to individuals, small businesses, self-employed, partnerships and limited companies.