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About Us

Above everything else, we never lose sight of the premise that our prosperity is directly linked to yours.

We are a long established firm in the area with many years of experience. We are regulated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales) which means we have to adhere to high standards and, of course, we are fully insured.

Anybody can call themselves an "accountant", whether they have any relevant qualifications or experience, or not. Being Chartered Accountants gives you peace of mind that you are in the safest of hands.

We work closely with our clients and act for a broad range of business and personal clients.

Apart from the more general accountancy services, we can also assist you with business development and specialist tax services.

Our philosophy is always to do our utmost to...

  • We provide friendly, courteous and efficient service;
  • Always exceed your expectations;
  • Listen to what YOU are saying;
  • Communicate with you quickly and fully;
  • Never surprise you with bills you're not expecting;
  • Be honest, truthful and upfront with you at all times;
  • Aim for you to pay the least amount of tax payable within the law;
  • Provide pro-active business advice wherever possible.

You can receive a very broad range of services and we are familiar with business clients from startups to larger companies covering many sectors

We appreciate that only in time can we gain your trust, so that you know when we say we can and will do something, we do it.

We hope to get that opportunity.

History of Hardcastle France

France & Co. was originally formed in the early 1900s, when two brothers set up in practice together in Leeds. After a while, the brothers fell out with one another and set up separately, one as A France &Co., the other as R R France & Co.

Trevor Hardcastle joined A France & Co. in 1948, and qualified with them in 1954. He left to undertake National Service and, when he returned in 1956, found the two firms had merged again!

France & Co. had always had a nucleus of clients in Malton, and Trevor moved to Malton in 1960 to help service these, initially from operating from the ground floor of "Dickens House", the building adjoining us.

Around 1960, France & Co. took over the practice of "E W Hopkins", and moved above National Westminster Bank, where it remained until the opportunity arose in 1970 to move into the top floors of our present building.

In latter years, the connection between the Leeds and Malton offices gradually diminished, and in 1980 the offices were separated, with the Malton practice being renamed "Hardcastle France", to distinguish it. Trevor retired as a partner in 1989.

In 1981, the TSB (for whom 30 Yorkersgate had originally been built in the 1700s) moved to new premises, and Hardcastle France took over the whole building. We now also occupy the two adjoining buildings.

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