Pulling back the curtains on 44-year business relationship

To say that the business relationship between Peter Martin and his trusted accountants has stood the test of time is no exaggeration. Over the course of 44 years, Peter has turned to two generations – father, Richard Bransbury, followed by his son, David Bransbury – to sort out his business and personal finances.

Peter’s company, Supreme Drapes, employs 24 people. The firm has been in business for 40 years and, from its Canvey Island site, it supplies bespoke curtains and luxury window dressings to major London designers and architects.

Explaining how the business relationship began, Peter said: “I first worked with Richard Bransbury back in 1973, four years prior to setting up Supreme Drapes. When Richard moved to CHC, he continued as my accountant and then when he retired, his son David took over and he now handles both my business and personal financial interests.

“CHC take very good care of my end of year accounts, VAT, payroll and workplace pensions for the staff, as well as my own personal pension. David is only ever a phone call away and if he’s not at his desk he calls me back within the hour, which I really appreciate.

“Jenny, who sorts out my monthly wages run, is also very efficient and friendly. In fact I have a very relaxed working relationship with the entire CHC team who have become more like good friends than just business intermediaries.

“Over the years we’ve had one or two tricky business issues to contend with, particularly regarding VAT inspections which are always nerve-wracking events. David has expertly steered me through these, ensuring all the necessary documentation has been in order and even sitting with me to help answer the inspectors’ questions. I’m pleased to say the inspections have always been successfully concluded in our favour.”

Looking to the future Peter, who is 69-years-old, and still takes an active role in the business as its managing director, admits he hasn’t yet considered a business exit strategy.

“I’m sure the day is not too far off when I will perhaps want to consider retirement and when the time does come I will sit down with David who I know I can rely on to provide knowledgeable, first class advice to sort out my tax issues and put my finances in order.”