Top independent accountant grows

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A SHEFFIELD firm that lays claim to being Yorkshire’s largest independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisors is expanding further.

Barber Harrison & Platt, which is based in the city and has offices in Chesterfield, Leeds and Harrogate, is merging with York-based Barron & Barron to create a company with 216 employees and a turnover approaching £12 million.

BHP managing partner, John Warner, said: “The success of our merger in 2011 with Mitchells in Leeds and Harrogate has encouraged us to expand further into North Yorkshire.

“Barron & Barron is a very well respected firm in York and has specialist niches that fit in very well with our own expertise. The additional services we can offer to both their existing client base and to other local businesses will enable BHP to build upon its reputation as the key independent business advisory firm in Yorkshire. Likewise, Barron & Barron’s specialist expertise will enhance our offering here in Sheffield”.

Barron & Barron partners Guy Ward and Richard Bailey and all of their staff will continue in the merged business.

Guy Ward will be a partner with the combined firm and Mr Bailey will continue as a full time specialist consultant. Mr Ward said: “We identified BHP as an ideal firm to merge with, enabling us to continue to provide a full business advisory service to our client base.”

Legal advice and banking facilities for the merger were provided by Paul Trudgill at Hlw Keeble Hawson and Helen Hickingbotham at NatWest.