Business is a second generation family affair

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TWO North Tyneside businesses are working together to extend the idea of ‘keeping it in the family’ into a second generation.

Malcolm Tindle, partner at North Shields-based accountants Bell Tindle Williamson, and Terry Brannen, founder of property management business Brannen & Partners LLP in Whitley Bay, have been friends for more than 45 years, and have worked together for the last two decades.

Their sons, Chris Tindle and Shaun Brannen, have followed their fathers in their respective businesses, and are now stepping into their shoes to take the companies’ commercial relationship into a third decade.

Malcolm and Terry first got to know each other in the 1960s when they played together for Avenue FC in the local Sunday morning football league, a relationship that Chris and Shaun repeated when they turned out for the St Mary’s Whitley Bay Cub Scout team 25 years ago.

Brannen and Partners provides sales, lettings and property management services for both residential and commercial clients both across North Tyneside and beyond, and is a fully-regulated member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Bell Tindle Williamson has prepared accounts for the owner-occupied apartment blocks that Brannen’s manages for the last 20 years, and is now responsible for looking after the financial affairs of around 50 of these properties.

Malcolm Tindle said: “Both Terry and myself are very much still involved with our firms, but it’s pleasing for both of us from a professional and a personal point of view to see our sons taking on a local business relationship that has endured for two decades and which we expect to continue for many more years to come.

“Shaun and Chris have worked hard to build successful careers within their home area, and giving them this additional responsibility will help them continue to gain valuable experience, which is something that can only benefit both firms.

“Brannen’s works in an industry that is becoming increasingly tightly regulated, and our work helps them to maintain a long-held reputation for providing the highest quality of service to their customers and tenants.”