Baldwins strengthen presence in the West Country with latest acquisitions

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Business advisory firm Baldwins is strengthening its presence in the West Country after acquiring two further accountancy practices.

Kelsall Steele Chartered Accountants, based on Truro Business Park, Truro, and Perrins Chartered Accountants, based at The Strand, Barnstaple, have joined the Baldwins Group.

Both firms have changed their names to Baldwins with immediate effect, and staff will remain at their existing offices.

Kelsall Steele has been operating in West and Mid Cornwall for over 70 years and Perrins was established in North Devon in 1914. Collectively they employ nearly 60 staff.

The two acquisitions follow in the footsteps of Davisons and Potter Baker who joined Baldwins in 2017, and takes Baldwins’ total number of offices in the West Country to six. Matthew Gard, Regional Managing Partner, heads up all of the offices in the West Country.

Shaun Knight, Board Director at Baldwins, outlined the significance of the latest acquisitions.

He said: “ The acquisitions underline our commitment to the Devon and Cornwall business communities.

“Local relationships are key, both practices will benefit from the digital and technological innovations implemented within Baldwins in order to meet the demands of the ever changing regulatory and digital landscape, as well as client expectations. Baldwins adoption of cloud technology as well as its state of the art CoZone portal will be invaluable to these practices in the future landscape of the accounting profession.”

“It will be business as usual for staff and clients at both offices, and we look forward to supporting the wider business communities in Devon and Cornwall.”

Bernard Pooley, Managing Director at Kelsall Steele, will continue to lead the firm’s Truro office, alongside Malcolm Peters.

Bernard added: “ This spells great news for our clients as we can use Baldwins’ national coverage and depth of specialist expertise to further strengthen our business advisory services.

Chris Birch, Director at Perrins, is also staying to lead the Barnstaple office alongside Simon Osment.

Chris commented: “joining forces with Baldwins takes our firm to the next level where we can expand our reach with their additional services, and in turn, expand our workforce.

“Entrepreneurs, whatever the sector, want to be able to get on with their day job, so being able to handle all business-related issues internally will really help us to stand out from the crowd.”

Baldwins, a Cogital Group company, now has more than 90 offices throughout the UK, employing over 2,800 staff with an annual turnover of approximately £200 million.