Colchester: Hatfields extends partnership with Chantrey Vellacott

TWO long-established firms in Colchester have extended a business relationship which has already lasted for 50 years.

Dawn Lay-Flurrie, head of accountancy firm Chantrey Vellacott DFK’s office in the town, has taken over the role of advising independent furniture store Hatfields.

She takes over from Peter Gardiner who worked in partnership with Hatfields for many years, originally on behalf of chartered accountants Butt Cozens which merged with Chantrey Vellacott in 2009.

Malcolm Durbridge, finance director at Hatfields, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, said: “Continuity is important to us and we are delighted that the reins have been passed over to Dawn who knows us extremely well.

“Not only does Chantrey Vellacott DFK know Hatfields, they understand the challenges that we face in the retail sector and are available to provide us with invaluable business advice as and when required.

“They are there to challenge and offer guidance on critical business issues that arise which, in the current economic climate, is vital.”

Dawn Lay-Flurrie, who joined Chantrey Vellacott from Butt Cozens, added: “I think because we have such a long association with Hatfields, we provide more than business and financial advice and have become more of a business partner over the years.”

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“We have grown and developed together which is great for two local businesses with such deep roots in Colchester and the surrounding area.

“I am delighted to be taking over at Chantrey Vellacott DFK as the new face for Hatfields and look forward to working with Malcolm to achieve their business objectives in what is a new era for our partnership.”