History Of The Firm

Andorran was founded in 1998 when Roger Downes left a national practice, where he had been a senior partner, to create his own firm. Through hard work, commitment to a high standard of client service and working to our own business plan, Andorran has developed into one of the county's leading independent firms of Chartered Accountants.

Working with a business partner (who retired in 2013), an administrator (who retrained to help us establish payroll services) and a trainee, Roger set up the practice in the offices of Cheltenham Film Studios, which he had helped a client to acquire from the Dowty Group (as it then was).

Whilst that accommodation was acceptable for start-up purposes, it was fairly basic and a more professional office set-up was required. In October 1999 the firm moved to its current premises in the Manor Park Business Centre on the outskirts of Cheltenham.

Under his retirement arrangements from his previous firm, Roger was able to sub contract audit staff from that firm for the initial years of Andorran's existence. Early recruitment was therefore based on accounts staff, with several members of the present team joining the firm in the early 2000's.

Although a couple of small acquisitions of fees were made in that period Andorran's development in its first twelve years was largely based on the natural growth of client numbers and services offered.

However in 2011 Andorran took over another local practice, Finnemores, on the retirement of its sole proprietor, Jeff Finnemore, and his clients were merged into the existing Andorran portfolio. Although Jeff remained as a consultant for a short while, he has since retired fully.

The expansion of the practice at that time facilitated the recruitment of full time Audit and Tax team leaders, as well as our first ICAEW trainee.

Andorran remains well on course to deliver "Roger's 2020 vision" - its business plan for the next few years and to retain its place as the firm of choice for owner- managed businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Gloucestershire and its surrounding counties.

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