A BRADFORD-BASED accountancy firm has tripled the size of its operations after moving into new premises, funded by a six-figure package.

Smith Butler outgrew its office space in Mercury Quays, Shipley, and so moved to the new 5,000 square foot building in, Otley Road, Baildon.

It was all made possible by a six-figure funding package from bank, NatWest.

Smith Butler was formed in 2004 by husband and wife Jason Butler and Sally Smith-Butler.

Both have more than 50 years’ experience in the industry, and have seen the company's turnover increase by 25 per cent per annum in the last two years.

The firm currently employ 25 staff, but the move to a bigger space - and Smith Butler's rapid growth - means the firm will now be recruiting 10 new team members.

This could also rise to 60 additional employees as the business expands over the next five years.

Mr Butler said: "Our new offices are perfect as we have designed every detail from scratch to meet with the fast-growing needs of our business and clients.

"We have set everything up to be as digital as possible to deal with the continual digitalisation of the industry and our continued expansion.

"We had reached the physical limitations of the old office so decided it was time to move and, with the help from NatWest, the purchase and fit-out went ahead very smoothly."

The bank's funding was also used for a six-month refurbishment and fit-out of the two storey space.

This included the construction of new meeting rooms, partitions and conference facilities.

Smith Butler also upgrade its own IT systems.

Mr Butler said: "The new space is in an ideal location for both our employees and clients, with plenty of parking and close transport links to both Leeds, Bradford and their wider suburban areas.

"The move has also given us the opportunity to fully upgrade our IT systems.

"To stay at the top of our game we have moved to a bigger online system, with the ambition to go fully digital and paperless as soon as possible.

"Our clients love the fact that because of the IT innovations we have created at the touch of a button from anywhere in the building we can show them how their business is performing and also provide them with advice and support in an instant".

Jon Haw, Relationship Manager at NatWest, said: "I have worked with Jason and Sally for a few years, so I knew how necessary the new, larger premises was to provide the needed additional office space and facilitate their future growth.

"I wish them the best of luck as they settle into in their new office space and continue to expand."