Paul Routledge sets up on his own in Horsham as Routledge & Co. and latterly acquired a local practice to further grow the business.
John Holman joined Paul as a Partner of the business and they moved into Anova House, where the firm remained until June 2020 when it relocated to The Barn in Faygate.
Two Partners became four Partners as the business continued to grow through it’s excellent local reputation. There was also a name change to Routledge Taylor.
Simon Hoy and Walter Benzie acquired Routledge Taylor and renamed it Anova. Got you to the top of the phone book in those days!
You might be interested to know that Simon and, the late, Walter have known each other since they were 9 years old as they went to school together. And why did they become accountants? Their friend’s father drove a Rolls Royce. And he was an Accountant.
…sadly times have changed!
Having founded a firm in 2017, Matt Cleghorn came across Simon and Walter by chance when a recruitment agent put him in contact as they were looking to their succession.
Immediately seeing a fit in culture and vision in Anova with his existing business, Matt contacted Phil Sleight knowing his tax experience and approach to advising clients would make him a perfect business partner. Luckily, Phil agreed!
And, we’re pleased to say that Simon continues as a Consultant to this day.
Anova continue their expansion in Sussex through a merger with a Brighton based practice which was first established in 1995 by Robert (Bob) Gogarty. Bob’s excellent sense of humour was what first struck Anova Partners, Matt & Phil, which is an important element to their own style as it can help clients and staff, alike, engage in what can sometimes be rather dry topics!
Bob can occasionally be found in our Brighton office cracking some of his old favourites… why did the auditor cross the road….??