County Durham accountancy firm opens second office as it looks to grow in the region

AN established North East chartered accountancy firm has opened a second office in the region as it continues to grow.

Mullen Stoker, whose head office is based at Mandale Business Park at Belmont in County Durham, recently moved to One Trinity Green in South Shields as part of ambitious plans to expand.

The decision to open a second office in the region has been supported by the appointment of experienced accountant Christine Griffiths.

Christine will head up the South Shields office, drawing on her 35 years of experience and extensive links with the business community on South Tyneside to help Mullen Stoker increase its presence in the north of the region.

Mullen Stoker also has plans to recruit additional staff as the office in South Tyneside is established.

Christine, who has worked in the chartered accountancy sector since leaving school, said: “I had worked with the directors at Mullen Stoker at a previous company so when the opportunity to join them at this exciting time for the business came up, I was delighted to accept.

“I am based at the newly opened South Shields office and will be helping the company widen its connections in this part of the region to help grow Mullen Stoker’s client portfolio.

“It’s early days into the role but I am really enjoying it and looking forward to supporting the company on this next phase of its journey.”

The appointment of Christine comes on the back of rural and farming specialist Cathy Eales joining the business, as Mullen Stoker also works to increase its profile in Northumberland.

Mullen Stoker was founded 13 years ago by Gary Stoker and Neil Mullen and has enjoyed year on year growth since. Although primarily recognised as a chartered accountancy firm, the company has a glowing reputation for its IT consultancy services and has a dedicated department within the business which manages all clients within this area.

Neil Mullen said: “Our position as one of the leading chartered accountancy and IT firms in the North East is very much established, however to date we’ve primarily been regarded as a County Durham-based business so our plan now is to grow the Mullen Stoker brand across whole of the region.

“Opening the office in South Shields is an exciting step for us and an opportunity to promote our brand and services in a different part of the region .

“We know with the appointment of Christine we’re ideally positioned to grow our client portfolio in this area and having a physical presence in South Tyneside will show potential clients that we’re there to support them with all of their accountancy, payroll, tax and IT needs.”

Mullen Stoker employs 15 people across the business with plans to further grow the team in 2023.