Our History

At Saint & Co, we’re extremely proud of our history and heritage as a firm of trusted chartered accountants.

We’ve been a presence in the business and finance communities of Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway for over a century, helping support local businesses, advise local people and make a difference to the prosperity of the community.

And it all started with one man – our founder, John Jackson Saint, back in 1884.

We’ve been part of the business community since 1884

An ambitious young man called John Jackson Saint was just 20 years old when he moved from the industrial border town of Haltwhistle to the prosperous city of Carlisle in 1881. Within three years, he had qualified as a Chartered Accountant and decided to set up his own accountancy business – and that’s when the seeds of Saint & Co were first sown.

John’s entrepreneurial drive was born from his own family heritage. Back in Haltwhistle, his family were influential in establishing a thriving wool industry in the town from the mid 18th century. So John knew all about the importance of good accounting and prudent financial management when it came to building a successful business.

Our first home and office

Every enterprise needs a place to call home, and we’re proud to still have a presence in Carlisle, where Saint & Co first put down roots over a century ago.

Our first office was in 10 Bank Street, Carlisle and John Jackson Saint became a well-known figure among business owners in the city.

By 1890 he won a local election to represent Botchergate on Carlisle City Council, taking an active part in his local community and looking out for the civic and business interests of his constituents. He was made an Alderman (a senior member of the council) eight years later.

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Going from strength to strength

Since those early days, we’ve earned a reputation for honesty, integrity and fairness.

These qualities and values, combined with our commitment to serving the local community, have underpinned everything we do. We feel proud and privileged to be a trusted adviser for so many businesses across the region.

Our head office is still in Carlisle, and we now have offices across Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway, including offices in Ambleside, Annan, Cockermouth, Dumfries, Millom, Penrith, Whitehaven and Wigton.

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Embracing new technology and opportunities

We take great pride in our history, but we’re always looking to the future as well and seeing where new technology can improve the service we provide to our clients.

Business is increasingly carried out online in the digital world, and we’ve moved with the times to embrace the incredible benefits of cloud-based accounting software. We can now combine our decades of accounting experience with the very latest in online finance tools.

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