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HB Accountants’ History Chapter 1: Our Inception

As we celebrate our 100th birthday this year, we thought it would be fun to look back at the history of HB Accountants. Here’s Chapter 1 – our birth!

Our founders… welcome to the original Team HB, Mr Hardcastle and Mr Burton. Beevor de Vic Hardcastle, a first world war hero who was wounded in Arras, France in 1918, and Frederick William Burton, who served in the short-lived Accountancy Corps – first met as clerks. They decided to establish B de V Hardcastle Burton Co in New Bond Street, London on 5th February, 1921 but it didn’t take long for them to move to Coventry House, also in the City, and for Beevor to set up a satellite office in Northwood, near to his home.

They both loved being accountants. Beevor wrote to his father saying “Accountancy is just my cup of tea. Plenty of variety, visiting clients who give me nice teas and other meals and regard me as an expert accountant before I know much!”

The two partners complemented each other – Beevor was a modern day business development whizz who was very successful with attracting clients. Fred was the brainy, quiet one with a calming personality and a zest for problem solving. The combination of personalities worked perfectly.

At this time, a qualified accountant did well to earn £250 per annum although Hardcastle & Burton did significantly better, earning enough to privately educate their children, afford a live-in cook and nanny as well as running a car and enjoying summer holidays – their hard work rewarded them.

HB Accountants founders in 1921
Mr Hardcastle and Mr Burton – HB Accountants’ founders in 1921

Interestingly, Beevor remained a partner of HB until his death aged 91 in 1973! Sadly, Fred was beset with ill health and passed in 1962 at 76 years.

Fast forward to HB Accountants present day and employee retention remains high! John Neighbour wins gold with 45 years’ service, Colin Wilkinson scoops silver with 41 years’ service and our Director Keith Grover takes bronze with 35 years’ service.

Chapter 2 to follow soon…


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