One year before his firm turns 40, a Northumberland businessman has reached a milestone anniversary of his own.
Stephen Sumner, managing director at Cramlington-based financial services company Explore Wealth Management, is celebrating 20 years at the head of the business.
From humble beginnings, it is recognised today as one of the top 250 independent financial advisers in the UK by the VouchedFor website.
Mr Sumner included, Explore Wealth Management now employs six people on a full-time basis and operates from a facility on the Northumberland Business Park.
He said: “They say that time flies when you’re having fun, but the same can honestly be said when you’re building and growing a business.
“I have seen lots of changes during the course of my career, both inside the business and in the wider financial advice industry.”