Bentley Jennison buys WBS
Top twenty accounting firm Bentley Jennison has bought Leeds-based independent accountants WBS as part of its strategy to become one of the top ten UK practices in the next two years.
The move by the firm should see it jump up the Accountancy Age Top 50 firms list, with it currently situated in 17th place, bringing in £35.3m in fee income. The merger with WBS will boost its revenue by an initial £11m.
Senior partner Geoffrey Hill and Angus Marshall of WBS will join the Bentley Jennison board.
Tony Stockdale, national managing partner at Bentley Jennison said the deal completed twelve months in which the firm had doubled its fee income and that ‘there remain a number of attractive opportunities for us that we are actively pursuing’.