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Survivors of the Blitz Hodgsons accountants in Cornwall 80s


A leading firm of Chartered Accountants in Cornwall is proud to mark 80 years of helping its clients.

Hodgsons is headquartered in Falmouth and originally emerged from the ashes of a bombing raid during World War II.

John Dixon Hodgson (JDH) worked for an accountancy firm in Plymouth whose offices were destroyed during the Blitz.

When the government of the day announced that owners of small farms would be required to pay taxes based on their profits rather than their acreage, JDH seized the opportunity to relocate to Launceston, the hub of a farming community long-established, and to establish a new accounting practice.

On October 6, 1942, Hodgsons was officially founded as John D Hodgson.

Armed with a simple typewriter, JDH negotiated from the back office of Kittows Auctioneers, from which he built up a loyal base of local agricultural customers.

The business grew rapidly and in the 1970s JDH’s son Peter returned from London to Cornwall to join the family business.

In 1976 Hodgsons bought the Cornish branch of London accountants, Wood Albery and was one of the first companies to invest in a computer, well ahead of many of its competitors.

In 2001 Hodgsons purchased Ward Ohly in Falmouth which provided the company with an additional strategic base from which to expand its operations in the South West.

It was then time for James – son of Peter and grandson of JDH – to repeat the pattern and return to Cornwall from Bristol to run the Falmouth office, where he became managing partner and is now managing director.

James Hodgson said: “With changes in customer behavior and advances in technology, the business was reconfigured earlier this year and Hodgsons is now firmly rooted in Falmouth.

“While Hodgsons has focused on the Cornish farming community for many years, our customer base has expanded into landholdings, professional services and other commercial trades from Cornwall to London.

“My grandfather’s philosophy was to provide expertise, sound advice and a level of personalized service that customers could not easily find elsewhere, and these core values ​​have been the backbone of our family business for 80 years.

“It’s not just about dealing with the numbers, it’s about the impact those numbers have on individuals, families and everyday life, which is why some of our clients have chosen to work with us. for generations.

“While accounting services and audits are still integral, modern accounting practice offers so much more, from expertise in tax planning for individuals to corporate finance and business development, and it is these aspects that we have ambitious plans to expand from our Falmouth Base, overlooking the Carrick Roads.

“Hodgsons has been at the forefront of innovative accounting practice since my grandfather started the firm in 1942 and I look forward to continuing his legacy to sustain the business for many years to come.”

Hodgsons is celebrating eight decades of successful accounting in Cornwall by sponsoring the Falmouth Art Gallery’s open exhibition and art prize, Imagine Falmouth, and hosting a guest event.