MHA Member Firm Broomfield & Alexander Announces Merger

Leading professional advisory firm Broomfield & Alexander has announced it’s merger with W R King & Co, the largest independent firm of accountants in Neath.

Three directors and seven members of staff from WR King & Co. will join the team at Broomfield & Alexander from 1 October. The turnover of the merged firm will be approximately £5.5 million with a combined staff count in excess of 100.

The merger will allow WR King & Co.’s clients to access the many specialisms on offer at Broomfield & Alexander, including access to grants, corporate finance and specialist tax planning. It will also allow clients from both businesses access to a wider base of professional expertise and experience in accounting, audit and tax advice.

Ian Thomas, Managing Director at Broomfield & Alexander, said: “The merger is a key part of our strategy to be the leading independent firm in accountancy, audit and professional services in South Wales – offering our client base the same range of specialist services as national firms, but with a strong local delivery. We are delighted to welcome WR King & Co.’s directors, Gareth Edwards, James Dobson and Roger Dobson, who will be joining us as part of the merger.”

Gareth Edwards, co-Managing Director at WR King & Co., which was established in 1952, said: “We are pleased to announce our merger with Broomfield & Alexander.  The combined firm has a wide range of specialists allowing us to provide the breadth and depth of expertise to meet the increasingly diverse range of challenges facing businesses in Wales today.  We are very much looking forward to working with our new colleagues”.

MHA Member Firm Broomfield & Alexander Announces Merger

Leading professional advisory firm Broomfield & Alexander has announced it’s merger with W R King & Co, the largest independent firm of accountants in Neath.

Three directors and seven members of staff from WR King & Co. will join the team at Broomfield & Alexander from 1 October. The turnover of the merged firm will be approximately £5.5 million with a combined staff count in excess of 100.

The merger will allow WR King & Co.’s clients to access the many specialisms on offer at Broomfield & Alexander, including access to grants, corporate finance and specialist tax planning. It will also allow clients from both businesses access to a wider base of professional expertise and experience in accounting, audit and tax advice.

Ian Thomas, Managing Director at Broomfield & Alexander, said: “The merger is a key part of our strategy to be the leading independent firm in accountancy, audit and professional services in South Wales – offering our client base the same range of specialist services as national firms, but with a strong local delivery. We are delighted to welcome WR King & Co.’s directors, Gareth Edwards, James Dobson and Roger Dobson, who will be joining us as part of the merger.”

Gareth Edwards, co-Managing Director at WR King & Co., which was established in 1952, said: “We are pleased to announce our merger with Broomfield & Alexander.  The combined firm has a wide range of specialists allowing us to provide the breadth and depth of expertise to meet the increasingly diverse range of challenges facing businesses in Wales today.  We are very much looking forward to working with our new colleagues”.

MHA Member firm Bloomer Heaven rebrands to MHA Bloomer Heaven

MHA Member, Birmingham based accountancy firm Bloomer Heaven are rebranding to MHA Bloomer Heaven on October 1st. The new identity reflects the increasing importance to the firm of its membership of the MHA group and will also support the firm’s continuing growth within the Midlands region.

MHA is an association of nine like minded accountancy firms located across the UK and Bloomer Heaven is the key member based in the Midlands. Membership of the association enables the firm to offer a resource of wider expertise and skills, research and geographical coverage to its clients.   It also provides Bloomer Heaven clients with access to an international network of support.

The name change to incorporate membership of MHA will not change the ownership or operational structure of Bloomer Heaven who are based at Rutland House in the heart of the Colmore Business District. Client service and the approach to offering services to the firm’s wide portfolio of clients will not be impacted by the change of name.

Commenting on the development to the brand MHA Bloomer Heaven Managing Director Chris Barlow said. “The importance and significance of our membership of MHA has increased in recent years. It has significantly enhanced the level of service and resource we are able to offer our clients. To be able to tap into wider skills and have the geographical coverage that MHA provides has been a major asset in our offer to clients.  Therefore the time felt right that we should reflect this in our name. The way we operate our business and the ownership will not change and in many ways it is business as usual. The change of name will not in anyway diminish the values we have built up through the years and will only strengthen our identity and build upon both the brand profile and  equity we enjoy as an established Birmingham based business.

Chris Barlow added; “However acknowledging our membership of MHA within the brand is important and forms part of our continuing strategy to add not only depth to our offer but support our ambitious growth plans.”

MHA member firm Larking Gowen announces further expansion

UK Top 50 ranked independent accountancy practice, Larking Gowen, is to further expand throughout East Anglia as the result of a merger with Colchester-based medical accountancy specialists Hubbard Lloyd.

The merger strengthens Larking Gowen’s position as leading regional accountants, employing more than 300 staff and 22 partners spread across nine offices in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, and will increase the level of specialism in the firm, explained Jon Woolston, Managing Partner at the practice.

“There is great synergy between the Hubbard Lloyd practice and Larking Gowen, which means we strengthen our capability to deliver a specialist service to the medical sector.

“The merger also increases the size of our team in Colchester and expands our reach further into south Essex.  That was one of my aims when I became Managing Partner back in January 2013 and it’s great to be able to deliver on that,” he said.

David Hubbard and Elizabeth Lloyd will head up the Colchester office, working closely with existing manager, Janice Dixon, and Larking Gowen’s existing medical team, led by David Jefford in Norwich.

“Larking Gowen has a strong reputation with medical consultants already and this merger will work to enhance that, plus there are benefits to be had from economies of scale and the sharing of expertise,” said Mr Jefford.

The Larking Gowen Colchester team, previously based on the High Street, will relocate into Hubbard Lloyd’s Colchester Business Park offices, which will now accommodate more than 25 staff under the Larking Gowen name. The Hubbard Lloyd name will be retained for specialist medical work. Outward signs of the merger will be a revamped logo sporting Larking Gowen’s corporate colour of purple.

Hubbard Lloyd was established in Colchester in 2005 by David Hubbard and Elizabeth Lloyd and is the largest specialist medical accountancy firm in East Anglia with more than 1,000 clients and a turnover of £1 million.

The merger pushes Larking Gowen’s predicted turnover for the current financial year to £15 million, up from £13.6 million last year, and increases its client base to more than 13,000 across the region.