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Our Heritage

Our Heritage

The heritage of DPC Group Limited originated with Edwin Downward on February 9, 1943 who set up shop as a sole practitioner in Wellesley Street, Stoke-on-Trent.

Welcoming John Plumb in 1962 and Mike Colclough in 1963, the firm became known as Downward, Plumb and Colclough – later adopting the acronym DPC.


A history of accountancy innovation and investment

Over the course of its rich history (80-years celebrated in July 2023) DPC has gone from strength to strength embracing many changes and a commitment to constant innovation.

When computers were a fledgling industry, DPC took a chance by investing into new technology  by spending £3,500 on a revolutionary Logabax accounting machine in June 1967.

The investment enabled advanced accounting (at the time) for some of Staffordshire’s most prominent businesses. The efficiency in financial affairs resulted in many of these organisations achieving international success.

A history of growth and investment in people

Since Edwin’s ‘accounting vision’ launched in 1943, the company has grown steadily to employ over 60 people today, making DPC one of Staffordshire’s largest accountancy practices.

DPC has occupied several commercial premises to accommodate the growth over the years but settled in our current offices in Vernon Road in 1980.

In 1991 our first joint venture was agreed, which paved the way for a successful future in nurturing specialist financial services and taxation mitigation with strategic partners – a winning approach to accountancy.

The size of our office sign in 1980 upset fellow local accountants, so much so that the Institute of Chartered Accountants instructed a team of three investigators from London to review the cause of the uproar. Fortunately, the sign was passed.



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