TWO south-west firms have merged, creating a 24-partner practice.
Devon-based Thomas Westcott and Butterworth Jones, from Somerset, will bring together their 18 offices and 190 staff.
The deal should enable the new practice to leverage a broader range of services to Butterworth Jones’ client base.
Richard Thomas, chairman of Thomas Westcott, said: “The merger is the ideal coming together for us and our clients as we continue to build a full-service accountancy business delivering first-class proactive support that adds real value to our clients.
“Butterworth Jones is a well-established and successful accountancy firm and we believe the two firms’ highly-complementary service offerings will significantly strengthen our overall market position in the South West and beyond.”
John Parker, managing partner of Butterworth Jones, added: “Our hallmark is to deliver specialist services across a range of sectors through local offices.”
Butterworth Jones was founded almost 100 years ago, and operates from five offices in Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Langport, Somerton and Weston-Super-Mare.
Thomas Westcott is ranked 67 in the Accountancy Age Top 50+50 Survey sponsored by Wolters Kluwer.
Richard Oddy, Casper Kaars Sijpesteijn and Rory Goldthorpe have been appointed to senior roles in key sectors of high growth, with a further 17 junior and experienced hires
Adrian Hyde, a partner at CVR Global, has been appointed as the new president for a year-long term, effective 21 April this year
Richard White, Nicola Westbrooke and Richard Ross all join from KPMG, where they oversaw the real estate tax practice
Sheryl Davis joins the firm's High Wycombe office from Barnes Roffe