Gavin Howarth

Gavin Howarth of Howarths

Howarths looks to break the £1m barrier

The family-run law firm is expecting to see turnover exceed £1m this year and has ambitious plans for the future.

Cleckheaton-based law firm Howarths is set to celebrate its 15th anniversary in style this year as it looks to break the £1m turnover barrier.

The company has grown by c. 10%-30% year-on-year over the past five years and managing director Gavin Howarth is confident about the future.

He told BQ: “As a business we have grown turnover by between 10% and 30% every year for the last five years. We’re delighted by this and want to continue to grow the business further over the next few years and beyond.

“The growth we have achieved is attributable to several factors, but if I was to pinpoint one, it would be getting the right people in the right places within the business.

“We’re a service business built upon the quality and dedication of our team, and we've worked hard over the last five years to recruit qualified people, and once they’re with us, create an environment in which they can thrive.” 

Howarth and his team have already made a couple of key hires recently, including Katie Fletcher as HR advisor and a number of hires to its health and safety team, and the company intends to continue building on this over the coming months.

He added: “We have a lot of exciting growth plans for 12 months ahead. In respect of our team, we’ll be looking expand both our employment law and health and safety teams to keep pace with client demand.

“We’ll also reach turnover of over £1m during the next financial year. This will be a significant achievement for us as a family, and a team, considering the business started not so long back in my parents’ front room with nothing more than a computer, a phone and a dream!”

Also at the heart of the company’s plans is its commitment to growing The Howarth Foundation, a charity set up by the family business supporting the prevention or relief of poverty in respect of individuals who are, or who have recently been, homeless in the districts of Leeds and Kirklees.

He concluded: “We want to fulfil our family ambition of growing not just a commercially successful company, but one which maintains a great reputation and gives back to the community it works in; hence our commitment to The Howarth Foundation.

“We launched the charity last year to help get homeless and recently homeless people across the region back into employment, and already have more than 20 regional businesses providing employment opportunities to our service users as part of the charity’s ‘Business Building Futures’ programme.

“Personally, I believe you have to have a very clear picture in your mind of what your vision is. We certainly do, and as a result it defines all our business decisions and keeps our growth true, honest and on course.”