Baldwins expands into Scotland with two major acquisitions

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Baldwins, a market leading accounting, tax and advisory firm who last year joined CogitalGroup to form part of their international business service group, has announced its largest acquisition to date. The firm is expanding into Scotland with two major acquisitions which will see its revenue grow to £89 million.

Award-winning Campbell Dallas, which has offices in Glasgow, Perth, Kilmarnock, Stirling and Aberdeen, employs 260 staff and has an annual revenue of £16.5 million, will become part of the expanding group.

The business, which has been named accountancy firm of the year for three successive years since 2015 by the Scottish Accountancy & Finance Awards, will continue to trade as Campbell Dallas part of the Baldwins Group.

Baldwins has also acquired Edinburgh based Springfords which firm also has offices in Livingston and Falkirk. The three offices have 40 staff and an annual revenue of £2.7M.

These latest acquisitions increase Baldwins’ total number of offices to 53 across the UK, employing over 1,500 staff.

David Baldwin, a director at Baldwins, said;

“Joining forces with Campbell Dallas and Springfords will lead to further growth for both businesses. It is very exciting for Baldwins to have offices in Scotland for the first time and we are looking to add further practices to our group. These two deals represent a major step forward for the group. Campbell Dallas has an exceptional reputation in Scotland for providing strategic business advice and extensive accountancy services.

Springfords is renowned in the industry for outstanding service with each client benefiting from individual advice from experts.We all share the same ambitions towards growth and we remain focused on providing information and expert advice to our clients every step of the way from start-ups to larger businesses. By working together, our expertise will mean we can all become stronger and grow our range of services and expand into new areas.”

Campbell Dallas has a wide range of clients from individuals and family-run businesses to larger corporates in all sectors including automotive, healthcare, brewing and distilling, rural, and food and beverages.

Chris Horne, managing partner and head of corporate finance at Campbell Dallas, said;

“This acquisition is a natural fit for the two businesses. Campbell Dallas is one of the fastest growing businesses in Scotland and this is a great opportunity to accelerate our position in the Scottish market.

“The primary focus of Baldwins, like ours, is family run businesses and SMEs. The support and investment from CogitalGroup will mean we can provide extra services and give added value to our clients particularly in terms of technology. We will maintain the same high level of hands-on service that we are renowned for but we will have the added benefits of being part of an international group.”

Springfords provides accounting, management information and specialist financial advice to its clients who range from individuals to larger businesses.

Patricia Reekie, Partner at Springfords said, “This is a great opportunity to grow the business in Scotland, and will enhance the resources we have available to assist and support our clients across a variety of sectors and areas of expertise.

Springfords has always been a friendly, client-focused, forward-looking firm, with an emphasis on direct and open relationships, good value advice provided by highly-trained staff, and effective use of technology. We look forward hugely to continuing as such, as part of a group which reflects those values, while enabling us to embrace the challenges of technological and legislative changes ahead.”

John Connolly, Executive Chairman of CogitalGroup said;

“Since the launch of CogitalGroup in December last year the group has been growing rapidly and following these latest acquisitions in our Baldwins Division, we will have over 4,600 people operating from 137 offices in 7 countries. I am delighted to welcome 300 new people to our team.”

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