30 Jul 2019

One of the UK’s fastest-growing business advisory firms has strengthened its footprint across the UK

One of the UK’s fastest-growing business advisory firms has strengthened its footprint in the South with a number of acquisitions.

The offices of Rothmans Pantall LLP Chartered Accountants on Park Road South in Havant, High Street in Fareham and West Street in Sutton, along with Treasury Chartered Accountants in Portsmouth, have joined the Baldwins Group and will trade as Wilkins Kennedy with immediate effect.

The new offices will continue to advise their corporate and SME clients out of their current premises.

The latest acquisitions mean Baldwins, a CogitalGroup company, now has 97 offices across England, Scotland and Wales – employing more than 3,000 staff with an annual turnover of approximately £225 million. Wilkins Kennedy joined forces with the Baldwins Group in 2018.

CogitalGroup is an international business services group with annual revenues in excess of £500million, employing around 6,000 people across 195 offices.

Martin Osborne, Partner at Rothmans’ offices in Fareham and Havant, believes working with Wilkins Kennedy will act as a catalyst for further growth.

“We are joining a firm that has made substantial investments in areas that reflect the changing digital and regulatory landscape, so we are well-equipped to develop even further over the coming years,” he said.

We’re looking forward to what the future holds as we are joining a firm with larger resources that share our passion for providing a personalised service.”

Andrew Sainsbury has been a Director at Treasury Accounting since buying the company in 2009, and believes the move opens up an exciting future for the firm.

 “This is a positive game-changing move for the business, our staff and our clients,” said Andrew, who will continue to lead the Portsmouth office.

 “Through Wilkins Kennedy’s offering we can now provide Portsmouth’s SME businesses with a wider range of advisory services.”

William Payne, Managing Partner at Wilkins Kennedy, said: “These acquisitions reaffirm our commitment to helping UK businesses of all sizes reach their potential by providing them with a full range of accountancy and specialist advisory services.

“The accountancy market is changing rapidly from a technological and regulatory perspective and we are confident that their clients will quickly see the benefits.

“We are delighted to welcome these offices into our group as they have laid strong roots in their communities and built up enviable client bases. Through our investment in leading financial software, such as our next generation client portal CoZone and more specialist areas such as banking and finance, specialist taxation and forensic accounting, we will be complementing the excellent general accountancy services that they are already providing.

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