Trio of promotions to meet increasing demand

Matthew Gard

A growing business advisory firm in South Molton has made a clutch of senior promotions and appointments to meet increasing demand.

Baldwins, who are based on Pathfields Business Park, has appointed Richard Clutterbuck as an Employment Tax Director, while Senior Managers Sean Smith, Pete McMillan and Russell Frayne have all been promoted to Associate Director.

It comes after the South Molton office – which employs over 50 staff – has seen over a ten per cent year-on-year increase in case loads, driven by preparing businesses for MTD and utilising the increased breadth and depth of specialisms arising from joining the Baldwins group.

Richard joins Baldwins with more than 30 years of experience in employment and construction industry taxes, and will assist Baldwins’ 3500 clients across the West Country in responding to HMRC enquiries, as well as advising on employment topics such as PAYE, expenses and benefits.

The trio of Sean, Peter and Russell all joined Baldwins’ South Molton office – formerly known as Davisons Accountants – in 2007, and now have more than 50 years of accountancy expertise between them.

Sean and Peter have forged in-depth knowledge across a varied client base covering all aspects of accounts and tax, while Russell is spearheading Baldwins’ efforts to ensure all of the region’s clients are prepared for new Making Tax Digital regulations that come into effect on 1 April.

Matthew Gard, Baldwins Regional Managing Partner in the West Country, said: “Having long-serving staff is an achievement we are especially proud of – they’ve helped to really drive our business’ recent growth and their promotions are well deserved.

“We’ve added to this home-grown talent with some outside expertise as well with the appointment of Richard and given his range of experience, we are hoping he will add value to our clients while lending his knowledge to our existing members of staff.

“Our office in South Molton has gone from strength-to-strength since Davisons joined forces with Baldwins in 2017 – through their range of added-value services such as corporate finance, forensics and banking & finance we’ve been able to help businesses to strike the right balance between guarding against Brexit uncertainty, while having one eye on opportunities for the future.”

Baldwins has more than 80 offices across the UK and is part of the CogitalGroup – an international business services group with annual revenues in excess of £450m, employing around 6,000 people across 176 offices.