Merger adds up for accountant

John Warner (right), Managing Partner of Barber Harrison & Platt and David Mitchell, Partner at Mitchells Accountants
John Warner (right), Managing Partner of Barber Harrison & Platt and David Mitchell, Partner at Mitchells Accountants
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Yorkshire’s leading independent accountancy firm has become even bigger.

Sheffield-based Barber Harrison & Platt, has merged with Leeds and Harrogate based Mitchells Group to create a business with a £10 million turnover and 190 employees.

BHP managing partner, John Warner, said the company had always been keen to expand into the Leeds and Harrogate area and the combination of its integrated range of specialist advisory services and market sector expertise with Mitchell’s ambitious plans for continued growth, provided the ideal foundations for creating a significant mid-market advisory firm in the region.

Mitchells is led by David Mitchell, the fourth generation of the family to be involved with the firm, and is the fastest growing firm in Leeds and Harrogate with fee income having increased at an average rate of 40 per cent per annum since 2006.

Last year was Mitchells’ most successful yet, despite the recession, and had included a number of significant client wins, particularly in the larger corporate sector.

David Mitchell said: “We share the same philosophy in terms of client care and the importance of providing a full business advisory service. The additional resources of BHP will enable our dynamic approach to growth to continue unabated.”

BHP has been the largest firm in South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire for many years and has grown to be the largest independent in Yorkshire in recent years, while also being named Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year for the last three years.

The merged firm will trade as BHP Mitchells in Leeds and Harrogate.