Professionals: Harrogate accountants mark 50 years in business; Northern Ballet partners with wealth management firm; and more

A NORTH Yorkshire-based firm of chartered accountants is marking a major milestone later this month.

Independent, family-run Cook Trotter is celebrating 50 years in business.

Former accountancy lecturer Peter Cook set up his practice in 1966 at his home on Harrogate’s Daleside estate, after discovering that a few of his friends needed his accountancy skills.

When business partner Gillian Trotter joined him in 1984, the firm changed its name to Cook Trotter and eventually moved to its current premises on Hornbeam Park.

Mr Cook, 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.

Ms Trotter attributes the success of Cook Trotter to retaining the values held by its founder.

She said: “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.”


Northern BalletNORTHERN BALLET has announced a partnership with Leeds-based wealth management and legal advice company The Progeny Group.

The sponsorship, which will play a vital role in helping Northern Ballet achieve its artistic vision, will also enable Progeny to share its services with Northern Ballet’s audiences as well as offering its customers and stakeholders opportunities to enjoy exclusive hospitality at Northern Ballet performances.
Neil Moles, managing director of The Progeny Group, said: “The decision to partner with Northern Ballet was an easy one. Both companies have deep-seated roots in Leeds but also have a history of exporting their expertise to the rest of the UK and beyond. We have been incredibly impressed with Northern Ballet’s professionalism, evolutionary drive and desire to be a beacon of excellence in its field – ideals very much shared by The Progeny Group across our wealth, legal and asset management capabilities.”
David Nixon, artistic director of Northern Ballet, added: “We are delighted to welcome The Progeny Group as a new sponsor of our company. We are proud to play a key role in enhancing the cultural offer here in Yorkshire and in showcasing Leeds’ creative output and the support of corporate partners is integral for us to continue to be able to do so. I would like to thank Progeny for their support and we look forward to working together to create unforgettable experiences for their clients and our audiences.”

SIMON GITTINGS, Claire Charman and Mark Daubney from Hull-based commercial solicitors SJP Law will be attending the Eurojuris International Congress in Prague next week.

Following on from hosting the Jurismus Conference this year in Hull, SJP Law will be travelling to Prague to take part in seminars and also deliver talks to fellow delegates.

Ms Charman has been asked to deliver a talk on managing foreign property assets efficiently when making a will. Mr Daubney will contribute to the discussions on transport, insurance and logistics, while Mr Gittings will be dealing with practice management as the chairman of that group.

“We are increasingly taking more active roles within the Eurojuris network and this is proving to be very effective in developing our knowledge when dealing with cross border legal issues and helps us deliver a better service to our clients,” said Mr Gittings, senior member at SJP Law.

Eurojuris International is Europe’s largest network of independent law firms, and comprises around 600 member firms and nearly 6000 lawyers in 650 cities across 50 countries worldwide.