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About Hawsons

Hawsons Chartered Accountants was founded in Sheffield in 1854 – more than 25 years before the creation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales – by Alfred Allott and John Hewett.

The firm has since grown to become one of the UK’s leading independent accounting practices, with nearly 100 partners and staff across three UK offices, in Sheffield, Northampton, and Doncaster. Our clients, many of whom are long-standing, cover a broad range of types, sizes and business sectors. The partners at Hawsons are totally committed to remaining independent as we strongly believe this allows us to service your needs in the most effective manner. We help our clients expand and develop and deal with problems and opportunities as and when they arise.

Over 165 years’ experience

Hawsons is one of the longest-standing firms of independent chartered accountants in England and recently celebrated 165 years of providing expert advice to businesses of all types and sizes.

Chris Hill, senior partner at Hawsons, said on the firm’s development: “We’re proud of our extensive history and the success we’ve achieved since we were founded in Sheffield 165 years ago. Especially with the difficult economic circumstances of recent years, to have reached such an age and still be going strong is a great feat. Despite our company’s growth and expansion into other areas across the UK, we’ve stayed true to our philosophy that no matter what size or sector, every business we work with will always receive the same high standard of advice and service from our team.”

Hawsons celebrates 160 years in business

Our clients and client care

We provide accounting services in Sheffield, Doncaster, and Northampton and act for individuals, sole traders, unincorporated businesses, partnerships, limited companies of all sizes and specialise in owner-managed businesses. Our mission is to provide our clients with service of the highest quality and value in a professional, friendly, and responsive manner, to assist them to develop their business, to develop the maximum potential of our people and thereby be the leading independent practice in our area. To ensure the highest standards of customer service and care, all members of our staff adhere to the firms’ client care and service initiative.

Our development

We have grown steadily to become one of the major independent accounting practices with valued experience in advising owner managed businesses. In late 2013 Hawsons merged with Holmes Widlake, a long established independent Sheffield firm of chartered accountants. In recognition of the growing demands and complexities of business life, we have developed a specialist structure designed to provide a positive and individual service to you. Applying a commercial focus to our expertise, we work with our clients helping them grow their businesses over the long term whilst also helping them achieve their personal financial objectives.

International network

Hawsons is a member of HLB International, HLB International is a global network of independent advisory and accounting firms. Through the power of 29,363 professionals across 158 countries, we combine local expertise and global capabilities to serve client needs. Through this network, Hawsons can give you country-specific strategic business and taxation advice, supporting you in your international ventures, wherever in the world you do business. Hawsons can support you as you grow regionally and globally.


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