NEW CREDIT FACILITIES have been agreed in the “tens of millions of pounds” for Grant Thornton.
The firm, ranked fifth in Accountancy Age’s Top 50 + 50 list, has agreed new facilities with its previous bankers Barclays and RBS.
The four and a half-year deal, for a broadly similar amount to its previous facilities, will support the firm’s plans for ambitious growth to £500m in revenues by 2015 and to fund acquisitions of specialist businesses to strengthen its core offerings, said national finance director Malcolm Northover.
Competition to supply the unsecured facilities was strong. “We weren’t short of people pitching to work with us,” said Northover.
The level at which the firm uses its facilities will be revealed when it files its year-end 30 June 2012 accounts towards the end of the year.
Grant Thornton was assisted in its refinancing deal by north-west lawyers Brabners Chaffe street, while the banks were advised by DLA Piper.
Grant Thornton CEO Scott Barnes was appointed for a second term in April.
Fraser Nicol joins the firm from EY, bringing experience in cyber security, data analytics and business technology
Rowan Williams will be responsible for growing the firm’s presence in the Gatwick Diamond and across the south east
Kevin Humphreys joins the insolvency and restructuring firm from the National Crime Agency (NCA) Economic Crime Command
Ann Pomfret joins the Manchester office from BDO