Sean Hannah Chartered Accountant North East
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Sean Hannah+Co have a down to earth approach and are always available to offer advice and take time out to deal with any issues that occur.

Mr J Shorthouse,
Farne Motor Company Ltd

About us

Sean Hannah+Co was started up by Sean in July 2004. With only three loyal clients at first (all of them still with us!), the practice started on that long road we call building a business and grew over the next few years almost entirely through existing client recommendations. For the first few years it was a work from home operation, with Sean doing all of the work himself. In 2009 the business moved into a "proper office" based in North Shields.

By the time August 2010 came, Sean had realised that the business could not grow any further without having other people to help. It was at this point he approached Chris Barnfather, an old work colleague from days gone by to discuss the possibility of Chris becoming a partner in the firm. Chris had no hesitation in accepting, and both have never looked back.

Since August 2010 the practice has gone from strength to strength and has firmly placed itself on the map within North Shields and the surrounding area.

About Sean

In 1991 upon leaving school at the age of 16 Sean began a national diploma in business studies at the local college. After two years he gained the diploma and went on to university to do a degree in business studies for the next four years specialising in accountancy & finance. During this time he spent a year working in finance and living in Edinburgh. Then in 1997 armed with a degree he started as a trainee accountant at a respected local firm where he spent the next three years. After moving to another local firm in 2000 to take up a more senior position he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2002. Upon passing his exams he then moved on again to a more senior position at the same firm Chris was working at. After two years and realising that his prospects for advancement were limited Sean thought about setting up his own practice, knowing that there was a gap in the market for a firm dedicated to customer service. In 2004 Sean Hannah+Co was born and the rest as they say is history.

Sean is married and in his spare time loves driving classic/retro cars. He loves music and can actually hold a note himself, as anyone in certain local pubs in North Shields would tell you. Sean tries to play guitar as well but after being in bands when he was a teenager admits he is well rusty now and needs lessons!

About Chris

At the age of 16 Chris started his accountancy career working as an AAT apprentice for a well known firm of chartered accountants in Gateshead, which is where he met Sean. He quickly progressed through his apprenticeship gaining his AAT qualifications and gaining valuable experience in accounts preparation, value added tax, payroll and how to make the perfect cup of tea (a skill which has never left him). After gaining his AAT qualification he then progressed to study towards the ACCA qualification under the watchful eye of Sean.

After 5 years Chris then moved on to one of the regions top firms of chartered accountants in order to gain valuable experience in audit and taxation. Chris spent 5 years in a senior position and qualified in June 2007 as a Chartered Certified Accountant.

Chris has gained experience in auditing medium sized limited company's financial statements in the transport and logistics, manufacturing, IT services and construction industries. Over the last twelve years he has gained a broad accounting knowledge due to working with smaller companies advising on tax, payroll, audit and accounts preparation.

Chris is married and in his spare time enjoys playing football, keeping fit and also keenly follows a Sunderland AFC (much to the displeasure of some of our clients!)