Accountancy firm buys new building in Hull's heartland
A FIRM of chartered accountants decided to stay close to the heart of Hull when relocating in the city centre.
Dutton Moore Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers has upped sticks from Silver Street and moved to Aldgate House.
The company, which rented its premises in Silver Street for more than 60 years, has bought the four-floor office building in Market Place, marking one of the biggest single investments in its history.
Despite many businesses moving out of the heart of the city centre, the partners at Dutton Moore said they were keen to invest in the city centre and remain at the heart of where Hull's business district remains.
The partners at Dutton Moore's, who relocated this week after exchanging and completing on the premises over the summer, said they were keen to demonstrate their links to the city centre.
Tony Bullock, managing partner, said: "We don't wish to move away from the heartland of our city.
"We are a large business with clients all over the region but our focus is to stay true to who we are and remain in the city centre.
"We are constantly investing in our future and we are delighted to have purchased Aldgate House.
"Our new home will perfectly accommodate our practice into the future.
"We remain committed to Hull city centre and this is a clear sign that our future remains here."
The move to Market Place has been prompted by growth at Dutton Moore, which now employs 60 staff.
Mr Bullock said the listed building in Silver Street no longer met the requirements of the growing practice, which is one of the largest independent firms of chartered accountants and business advisers in the region.
He added: "The majority of my partners are homegrown talent, who were trained in our in-house training programme and gained their professional qualifications with the firm.
"This is testament to the ethic of the business.
"We invest in our staff and our business for the long-term and, although we are a big practice serving businesses across the region, we constantly strive to remain focused on staying in and investing in Hull."
The sale of the 11,830sq ft building, which is located in the heart of Hull's historic Old Town business district, was conducted by CBRE's Leeds Office Agency team. Richard Bean, senior surveyor at CBRE Leeds, said: "Aldgate House is a prominent office building that occupies a coveted position in Market Place.
"The property perfectly suited Dutton Moore's requirements for a headquarters building in the centre of Hull."