John Drury Ltd

When you’ve been in business for many years, you understand that change and adaptation is going to be part of your history. This is true for well-established family business John Drury & Co Ltd, a soap manufacturing firm based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire.

With 130 years of manufacturing expertise and a strong understanding of quality soap production, the company has evolved from a soap-base manufacturing business to volume manufacturing of finished soap and liquid soap of which both continue to thrive today. The company supplies a wide range of customers including grocery multiples and smaller high street retailers in the UK and abroad. A showcase of their product range and manufacturing expertise is available on their website (

Along the way, they’ve had the help and support of their long-standing accounting firm, Watson Buckle. This partnership goes back so long that Manager, Kolleen Drury said: “I believe they have been our accountants for over 20 years!”

Throughout this time, Watson Buckle has been looking after the corporate, trust and personal tax returns as well as restructuring the group and providing ad-hoc advice. They also looked after the company’s audit needs until audit exemption was introduced. More recently, they have worked with the management team to provide better monthly management accounts and financial analysis, saving them money by reducing their annual accounts compliance costs.

Mrs Drury said: “For our size of business, Watson Buckle has been a strong partner. For businesses of similar size and complexity, we would recommend Watson Buckle as an accountancy firm.”