Long-serving accountant is set to retire

Pictured is Peter Freeman of Shorts accountancy firm in Chesterfield who is due to retire at the end of March.
Pictured is Peter Freeman of Shorts accountancy firm in Chesterfield who is due to retire at the end of March.

Following a career spanning 47 years in accountancy, Peter Freeman, Senior Partner at Shorts Chartered Accountants in Chesterfield is set to retire at the end of March.

Peter started his career at the age of 18 signing articles with a small firm of accountants in Sheffield.

After qualifying he gained experience working in Industry for ICI and then for a much larger accountancy firm KPMG, before joining Shorts in July 1977.

He became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in January 1979. During his 35 years at Shorts, Peter has seen the firm grow to eight partners employing 61 staff, the introduction of Shorts Financial Services and the opening of offices in Sheffield.

A well known and respected personality in the local business community, Peter’s strengths have allowed him to advise all areas of business, large and small.

However, it has been his specialist expertise, according to Shorts, in the agriculture and health care sectors and his reputation for successfully dealing with in depth tax investigations, that has earned him standing and respect in the business community.

With a handicap of 16 and a member at both Chesterfield and Bakewell Golf Clubs, Peter is a frequent visitor to the golf course.

Captain of the Sheffield & District Society of Chartered Accountants golf society, his years of dedication on the course were rewarded in 2011 when he had the honour of being elected captain of the National Chartered Accountants Golf Society.

When asked about his thoughts on how he hopes to spend his retirement, Peter said: “I am looking forward to spending more time with my wife Karen visiting our holiday home in France, and pursuing my sporting interests in Golf, Cricket and Horse Racing.”

Although Peter will for a short period of time maintain contact on a consultancy basis, his presence at Shorts will be missed by staff, and clients, many of whom Peter has looked after for several decades.