The Big Question – FDs wary of bigger firms

Less than half of UK finance directors believe that the spate of mergers and acquisitions among large and medium-sized firms is necessarily a good thing.

In this week’s Accountancy Age/Reed Accountancy Personnel Big Question, just 15% of FDs gave a firm ‘yes’ when asked whether ever-larger accountancy firms met the needs of their organisation.

A further 23% said ‘yes’, but with reservations. But 38% gave either a conditional or a firm ‘no’ to the question.

‘The accountancy firms are able to take advantage of the economies of scale whilst attracting the best staff,’ said International Baccalaureate FD Stuart Chapman.

‘As a result of their size, the large firms are able to offer a truly international audit and accounts service.’

But others were sceptical. Some warned of a ‘monopolistic service’; some complained of the cost of the big firms.

‘They’re becoming ever larger and their clients more insignificant,’ warned Simon Coley, FD of Shire plc.

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