52 years of service to the business community celebrated as Steve Bygott signs off
Steve Bygott, left, shakes on the deal with John White, as fellow Pelham partner Leonard Booth looks on.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 9 May 2019
A Grimsby accountancy practice has absorbed a near neighbour as the sole practitioner “hangs up his biro”.
Steve Bygott has brought an end to more than half a century of serving the local business community, with the four-strong team and enviable client base of Bygott & Co being taken on by Pelham.
John White, partner at the latter, worked with him when both were at Forrester Boyd in the mid-Seventies, with Mr Bygott having entered the profession as an 18-year-old with JE Cross and Son on Abbey Walk, prior to that.
“I have devoted 52 years of my life to the accountancy profession – I’ve never known anything other, and always been in practice,” he reflected, stating he was “enormously grateful” to his loyal staff for the 100 years of accumulated service given. “You reach a point when it is time to hang up the biro,” he said. “John and the team are a good fit. Some clients have been with me for more than 40 years, the new practice will have more to offer those that deserve it. They have more strings to the bow, with financial advice, investment and management, business sales and acquisitions knowledge, which will be a big benefit.”
More travelling, more time with his four grandchildren and a potential return to golf after a 10 year break are the plans, as well as tending to an acre of garden.
Rewinding to the start, he joined a firm which also had a branch on the fish docks, such was the nature of the ‘town within a town’. “In the early days we had quite a few clients on the fish docks, but they gradually diminished,” Mr Bygott reflected.
Brothers Colin and Dennis Cross retired soon after he joined, with David Mitchell and David Bemrose then at the helm of JE Cross, before Forrester Boyd swooped.
He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1974, and in the late Seventies started up his eponymous firm, eventually settling in Dudley Street.
Just across the road, the addition swells Pelham to a team of 25, bringing a further 100 business clients to the 350 held.
Mr White, one of three partners, said: “We don’t consider it a major change and can reassure clients coming on board of that. It is a long established company with a good reputation, and we welcome the move.”