The Sandpiper Hotel

Sector:             Hospitality Sandpiper logo

Established:              1975

Location:                    Unstone, Derbyshire


A former transport cafe, the Sandpiper Hotel was transformed by owner manager David Cook in 1975 into the 3AA star family-owned hotel and restaurant it is today. Although David is still a familiar face front of house, it is daughter Gaynor Chippendale who takes control behind the scenes of the 40 year old hotel and manages the relationship with Mitchells Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.

The Sandpiper HotelDavid and Gaynor called upon Mitchells after their long-standing bookkeeper of 40 years, Terry Wiser, retired. Terry completed the day-to-day books and worked with the Sandpiper’s London-based accountants to complete the year-end and VAT returns. When Terry reached retirement, David decided it was time to bring on board a local accountancy firm; something they had wanted to do for a long time, to work alongside a newly appointed bookkeeper.

Here, Gaynor Chippendale, Secretary and Director of The Sandpiper Hotel, explains why their company  chose to work with Mitchells Accountants:

“After Terry had retired we decided we wanted a Chesterfield-based accountancy firm to move the company forward. We are very eager to work with local companies to keep the money within the town. Sandpiper always tries to use local businesses and producers to supply the hotel and restaurant. When Terry retired it felt like the right time to switch accountancy firms. David worked on a project with BRM Solicitors and Richard Trueman was their contact at Mitchells. David had known Richard for a long time so it felt like the right move for us. Mitchells was able to come on board very quickly to help, which caused minimal disruption to the running of the business.”

How has working with Mitchells Chartered Accountants help with your accounts?

Laura Pain of Mitchells is our direct contact. She provided us with a lot of support and advice during the transitional period of Terry leaving. Mitchells came on board during the last two months of Terry’s employment to bring our new bookkeeper up to speed. Initially we were using Mitchells as additional support for our bookkeeper however this has evolved into them now undertaking our year-end accounts, VAT returns and covering payroll during staff holidays.

Working with Mitchells provides the extra support for Sarah our new bookkeeper. Mitchells keep us up-to-date with latest HMRC rules (which is fantastic as we haven’t got the time to keep up with all of the changes) and we know they are always at the end of the phone to help with any questions.”

What does the future look like for The Sandpiper Hotel?

“Now that we’ve been working with Mitchells for a year, we’ve built up a great relationship with the team.  Mitchells has been a great safety net, taking on the back office and allowing us to rebuild the business that took a dip during the recession. The upcoming months are going to be spent working on continual improvements and offerings within the hotel and restaurant so we can continue to offer the great service and standards our customers have come to expect from us over the last 40 years.”