London and St Albans based chartered accountants and business advisers, Rayner Essex is celebrating its 50th year.
The firm can trace its origins to London’s Strand where the business was established by its 2 founders Alan Rayner and Lawrence Essex. The practice has always been innovative and in the early days developed a niche reputation in the media sector. The practice subsequently relocated to Central House in the Bloomsbury district of WC1 before moving a short distance to the current home at the striking BMA complex in Tavistock Square.
The first St Albans office was set up in Chequer Street in the early 1980’s before relocating to Faulkner House in Victoria Street.
Today the practice numbers over 70 staff spread across the two offices. It is international in its outlook being the London member of Inpact International – a global association of accountancy firms. Rayner Essex Partner Steve Jacobs has also held the role of President of Inpact International for several years.
Commenting on the anniversary Rayner Essex Partner Tim Sansom said:
“Our anniversary year sees us in great shape. We have grown steadily and consistently in recent years and have welcomed some highly capable individuals to our team. We are a successful business with a strong sense of responsibility for our clients, our staff and the communities that host us.”
That commitment to the community has seen the firm organise innovative and creative events as a vehicle not only of engaging with stakeholders but also for raising funds for worthy causes.
The firm has worked closely with SportsAid and in the last 10 years has raised £42,000 through its Bloomsbury Lunch Club in London and a lunch club in St Albans (supported by fellow sponsors) that has raised £39,000. The firm has also actively supported the Willow Foundation through golf days raising over £26,000. The firm continues to support other charities including Rennie Grove Hospice, the Ollie Foundation to name but a few.
The firm is holding a series of events during the year to mark its anniversary. These events will be both client facing and as a thank you to the staff of the firm.
Commenting on these events Staff Partner Antony Federer said:
“We are only as good as the team we are part of. Our staff choices, our commitment to them and their development has delivered our longevity. We are committed to the further growth of the firm and with that to bring new opportunities for our team.”
Rayner Essex holds Investors in People Accreditation and is also an ICAEW Training firm together with Gold status for the ACCA Approved Trainee Development Stream.