Why work at Napthens?

A brief history

Napthens illustrious history began in 1735 when it was founded by James Carr, before he was joined at the firm by his brother William Carr and James Blanchard – when it became known as Blanchard & Carr.

Since this point there have been a number of name changes – in 1840 the firm became Bickerstaff Son & Myers; in 1876 Houghton Myers & Reveley; 1920 Houghton Reveley Craven & Wilkins; 1946 Houghton Craven & Co; 1962 Houghton Craven Plant & Co; and in 1975 Houghton Craven & Dickson.

In 1990 the first mention of the Napthens name appeared when the firm become Napthen Houghton Craven.

Since then the firm has undergone the biggest series of changes in its history, as it joined with Lancashire names Roscoes in 2006, then Cuddy Woods & Cochrane, and Wallwork & Company.

Our values

Our strategic plan represents our energy, commitment and belief in the capabilities of our people. Our vision is to inspire our people through passion, commitment and innovation, to achieve their goals so that they may in turn inspire our clients to achieve theirs.

We want to build on the strengths of our people and our firm which make us successful and different. “Getting the basics right” has been integral to changing our business over the last few years and runs through everything we do, but we feel we can now incorporate into our other values. What will set us a part from other firms and help us grow with our people and clients will be how we “innovate” and differentiate ourselves. Our new Core Values and the launch of innovation as our fourth value, will give us the tools to succeed as a firm and as individuals.

Our Clients

At Napthens we work with clients from all manner of businesses across a wide range of industry sectors. One thing we pride ourselves on is the service we provide to these clients. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what accountants, Danbro, and brewery and hotel company Daniel Thwaites, think about us.

What our staff say



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