Two established Fylde coast-based professional practices have “landed” at the Blackpool’s now silent airport, just yards from the old runways from which pioneering aviator Amy Johnson took off on her last flight 73 years ago.
Chartered accountants and tax advisers Crossley and Davis and sister practice, insolvency practitioners Campbell Crossley and Davis, have re-located from offices in Lytham Road to new offices they have purchased in Amy Johnson Way.
Their new 14,500 square feet of office space in Seneca House is on a three-acre site that straddles a section of the airport’s original runway network. The firms occupy the ground floor, with the first floor being let.
Chartered accountant Peter Riley, senior partner with Crossley and Davis, said the company had outgrown its former leased premises in the town, from where the firm had practised for the past 30 years.
“Seneca House will enable us to expand and develop all facets of our business, so raising our profile as one of the major players, not only in Blackpool, but throughout the whole of the North West,” he said.
“Importantly, too, it provides a much more suitable environment for our clients. We are really very proud to have been able to acquire a building with such exciting long-term potential.”
Ian Williamson, senior partner of the insolvency business, said: “After some months of negotiations, we are delighted to be at the centre of a vibrant Blackpool and Fylde coast business community.
“It is, however, sad to see the closure of Blackpool Airport. It is an airport with a long history – older than Manchester and Liverpool. As insolvency practitioners, we know only too well how the loss of a major enterprise of this kind can impact on the personal lives of its employees and the many businesses that serve it.”
Between them, the two practices have 35 personnel, comprising qualified accountants, tax specialists, insolvency specialists, trainees across all disciplines, as well as secretarial staff and a dedicated IT department.
The office fit-out was by Ultimate (Commercial Interiors) Ltd, based in West Yorkshire. The practices are planning an official opening early in the New Year.