A partner in a Plymouth accountancy firm is retiring after more than 40 years.
Hugh Williams, partner in HM Williams Chartered Accountants will be succeeded by Ashley Smith.
Ashley has been a partner since April 2013 and an employee since April 2007.
Hr Williams will continue as consultant for a few clients.
Mr Williams said: “I can honestly say that everyone who has ever worked for or with this firm is numbered amongst my most beloved friends.
“I really do believe that I leave the firm and all or clients in extremely good and capable hands.”
Mr Williams began his career working at Which? magazine in London before setting up the practice.
He founded with Andrew Hamilton the accountancy group Heads Together that is still going strong 30 years later.
He said career highlights include three national awards for the most innovative UK firm of its size, the small professional UK firm with the best customer service and small to medium-sized firm with the best tax team.
Mr Williams is national treasurer of UKIP and is due to take up a part time post at the party head office.
He also runs a small publishing company, St Edward’s Press Ltd.
He said: I have been blessed with this hapy career in accountancy and I hope I will have enough to keep me busy in my retirement.”