Accountancy firm’s partner steps down

Great team: Stephen Ingram
Great team: Stephen Ingram
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Top South Yorkshire deal maker Stephen Ingram is stepping down as a partner at leading independent accountants, Barber Harrison & Platt.

Mr Ingram, who is 63, will continue to work as a consultant for the company, which is based closed to Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens.

He also plans to make himself available as a non-executive director.

“We’ve got a great team here and I think it’s good to create some space for them to keep developing,” explained Mr Ingram, who has been a leading figure in corporate finance locally, regionally and further afield for more than 30 years.

Stephen Ingram began his career in finance and business advice with Grant Thornton – then known as Thornton Baker – and advised on his first management buyout, involving powder process equipment and contract processing specialist British Rema, in 1979.

He became managing partner at the firm’s Sheffield offices, leaving to become chief executive of Candlelight, the market leading designer, importer and distributor of giftware, houseware, soft furnishings, furniture and lighting.

Stephen Ingram left Candlelight to set up Ingram Forrest Corporate Finance with David Forrest, while continuing as Candlelight chairman and, seven years ago, Ingram Forrest joined forces with BHP.

“There’s a lot of hard work involved, but there is quite a buzz in doing deals,” said Mr Ingram.

“Deals take a period of months and if someone wants to buy and someone wants to sell, it is a pretty important event in their business careers. Helping them fulfil that and bringing logic and common sense to the situation is something I find stimulating.”