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Historic St Helen's signals exciting times ahead


Posted on 19 April 2013

Smith Cooper Midlands accountants and business advisors have relocated to grade I listed Georgian building St Helen’s House located on King Street, Derby as of Monday 8th April.

The firm, who have 8 offices based around the Midlands including Derby, Nottingham and Birmingham, announced the move in December 2012.

Award winning restoration expert and client of the firm, Richard Blunt has been working on the renovation of St Helen’s since 2006 when the building was sold by Derby City Council on a 299 year lease.

The house was built in the 1700’s and was originally a private residence later becoming an educational establishment. Initially Blunt planned to use the incredible town house as a boutique hotel however, due to the difficult economic climate he struggled to find an occupier, leaving the huge restoration project in danger.

The move to such large and prestigious premises is a result of the firms’ recent growth and further plans for expansion as well as a commitment to the city of Derby and the numerous developments underway there.

There are currently more than 50 employees working from St Helen’s House, with plans to increase this to 85 from June of this year by recruiting and moving other offices into the grand townhouse.

Andrew Delve, Managing Partner of Smith Cooper commented: “this is an extremely exciting time, our staff count has increased considerably and with further plans for growth, we definitely needed a new office. St Helen’s is beautiful and to see the transformation from when agreed the lease until now has been fantastic. We’ve really enjoyed our first week here and hope to show clients and the public round soon!”

The firm plans to have a formal opening for the building and are working out ways in which to publicly share the building and its history.

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