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Our History

Over the years, everyone at Friend & Grant have dedicated their time and efforts into delivering the best businesstax and accountancy advice and exceptional service. Read about our history here.



Starting Out

The roots of the current Accountancy Practice stretch back to 1992, when Mark Friend, a Chartered Accountant since 1989, set up in practice as a sole trader, M A Friend, Chartered Accountants with his wife, Jan, a Chartered Tax Adviser.


Building Strong Principles

Mark’s strong belief then, as it is now, was to provide a high-quality, expert accountancy, taxation and business advisory service matched by excellent personal service. These two principles saw the practice grow rapidly, and in 1995 the practice moved to a ‘proper office’ in Northgate Rochester, Kent.


First Recruitment

In 1996 Mark and Jan recruited their first employee.


Our Longest Serving Employee

In 2000 Darren Hughes, one of our current Tax Managers joined the firm. Apart from Jan and Mark, Darren is the longest-serving employee.


Bigger Premises

By 2002 bigger premises were needed and the practice moved to its current location in Strood, Bryant House, a beautiful 17th-century grade two listed building.


Andrew Grant Joins the Practice

Andrew Grant joined the practice in 2003. Like Mark, Andrew believed that clients needed more than just accountants.


Continuing to Grow

Mark and Andrew incorporated the business in 2005 and formed Friend & Grant Limited. Since then they have continued to build a dedicated team, willing and ready to serve clients’ requests at a moment’s notice in all things accounting, business support and taxation-related.


Licensed for Probate

Jan Friend and Andrew Grant passed probate exams in 2016, and early the following year Friend & Grant became licensed to provide probate services.


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Kings Hill office opened

On 9th October 2023 we opened a new office in Kings Hill to aid in our continued growth by increasing our catchment area for new team members, providing a new meeting point for our West Kent clients and increasing our potential market for new clients.


Still growing

The accounting practice has grown to a team of over 30, all dedicated to ensuring that our clients save tax, save time and create more wealth. Our probate services, business advisory and taxation services continue to grow alongside our accounting and compliance services.

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