Doors open for new accountants’ home

Danbro staff celebrate as Colon hand over the new Danbro building in Lytham
Danbro staff celebrate as Colon hand over the new Danbro building in Lytham

A Fylde company founded in a six foot by six foot box room of the family home in Warton in 1999 has got the keys of its new offices.

Danbro managing director Damian Broughton was handed the keys to the door of Jubilee House, Lytham, by Michael Conlon, chairman of Conlon Construction, the family run Lancashire company responsible for the magnificent makeover of the former Land Registry premises.

Jubilee House Lytham

Jubilee House Lytham

And the move marks the start of a five-year plan by the accountancy firm to double its workforce to 500 and increase its client base across the country to more than 16,000.

The firm has outgrown its four units at Whitehills business park as its client list has grown to over 7,000 and its turnover hit £174m.

Mr Broughton said: “It’s become known as the Conlon building in the local community. The time has come to make it Danbro’s.

“We’re delighted to be here in Lytham. It now falls to us to fill this beautiful building.” He said if growth remained on target Danbro could be turning over £500m in five years’ time.

It’s become known as the Conlon building in the local community. The time has come to make it Danbro’s

Michael Conlon praised the vision of Danbro and said: “The local people couldn’t have been kinder to us.

“They truly appreciate the scale of what has been achieved here. I have heard nothing but praise.

“It has been a marvellous project. We’re proud to have played our part.”

Danbro is reaching out to help wannabe entrepreneurs too – as hot desks, starter hubs and other facilities, including use of the café run by social enterprise Brothers of Charity, will be made available to businesses and others who need a helping hand for a peppercorn rent.

A new company, as yet un-named , will also be moving in to share Jubilee House.

There will be an official opening at Jubilee House on Saturday, April 18, to which many former Land Registry workers will be invited, along with leading locals, and others interested in seeing behind the scenes of the four-storey façade.

On the guest list will be architect Ed Crewdson, project manager of Jubilee House, who at 19 also worked as a surveyor on the original Birkenhead House ,built in the 1960s for the Land Registry.

“I feel like I’ve come full circle. It was a good building back then.

“But this is glorious. It looks good from all angles, and at all times of day and night.”