Pullan Barnes Company History
The firm was formed in 1992 when Keith Pullan and Mike Barnes joined forces to become Pullan Barnes. They based the new firm in Hetton le Hole where the head office of the firm remains to this day.
Keith and Mike had both served their training contracts at RSM (then Jennings Johnson), but not at the same time, Mike being 10 years younger. Keith left RSM in 1982 to join Robert Miller & Co and became a partner in 1984; and Mike joined the firm from RSM in 1990.
In 1993 an opportunity presented itself to acquire a small practice with premises in Framwellgate Moor in Durham. The acquisition of Chipchase Robson expanded the firm Pullan Barnes a good deal quicker than had been intended but turned out to be a superb investment as most of the expansion over the next few years came from contacts in Durham who chose Pullan Barnes because of their Durham location. In 1996 expansion was such that it became necessary to build an extension onto the premises.
Meanwhile at Hetton le Hole, team building continued as the firm’s reputation for a personal friendly service spread. In 2004, new premises had to be sought as serious overcrowding had become a very real problem. We didn’t have to look very far as an opportunity arose to acquire a building less than 200 yards from our existing office, which suited us down to the ground as we didn’t want to move from our Hetton location. The building needed almost complete restoration and conversion to modern day offices having formerly been a public house; the renovation of Stephenson House took 6 months andwe moved in on 1st October 2004.
In April 2005, Yasmin Bari became the third partner in Pullan Barnes. Yasmin had joined the firm in 1997 as a volunteer worker to gain some experience to put on her CV.
It didn’t take us long to recognise her talent and offer her the contract she sought. She became the first student to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with Pullan Barnes, and she was offered a partnership as soon as she had gained a practising certificate. We subsequently have trained 2 more Chartered Accountants and have a current trainee.
It is clear that we have a loyal dedicated team, in fact five of our team members have been with us in excess of 25 years with a further four ranging between 15 and 20 years’ service. The team provide a very strong support to the partners and continue the tradition of a friendly personal service to our clients.