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Hentons accelerate national expansion with Watson appointment

Coverage in: Yorkshire Business Daily, insider, The Business Desk

Hentons-accelerates-expansionAccountancy and advisory firm Hentons is accelerating its national expansion plans with the appointment of solicitor Peter Watson as managing director.

Mr Watson led legal firm Simpson Millar between 1996 and 2017 over which time the firm grew to become a top 75 national firm with 500 employees across 13 offices.

Hentons has supported its national ambitions with recent mergers with London practice C. C. Panayi & Co LLP and investment in offices in Sheffield, York and Thirsk.

Peter Watson, managing director, at Hentons said: “Hentons has ambitious plans to become a sizeable national operator and I aim to bring my years of practical experience and contacts to ensuring the firm grows by attracting the best people and delivering peerless client service. Having led a significant number of acquisitions during my time at Simpson Millar I also hope to be able to support the team at Hentons both with integrating the recent acquisition and evaluating further opportunities in the future.

“With further acquisitions planned it is important to ensure we maintain the same partner-led culture that has made Hentons a success to date. We are also exploring how to use technology to improve customer service and efficiency across the business.”

Hentons now has a team of over 100 across five offices focusing on business advisory, audit, accounts, tax planning and wealth management.  The firm has invested in new technology and grown its tax operation to help support a growing client base and the changes under the government’s ‘Making Tax Digital’ (MTD) plans.

Nadeem Ahmed, the managing partner of Hentons, said: “We started a recruitment plan last year to add additional strength into our strategic growth and to bring on board a national partner to assist in the integration of our offices, partners and teams and ensure that all our offices become full Henton's service offices. Peter brings a wealth of experience that I am sure will accelerate our growth plans.”

Hentons supports the development of its clients' businesses with a partner-led and multi-disciplinary range of skills and consultancy services. Clients benefit from a sector-led approach that ensures fresh thinking and constructive challenges with a practical understanding of the issues they face.

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Coverage in: Yorkshire Business Daily, insider, The Business Desk

About Hentons

Hentons works with a diverse range of clients from SMEs to mid-sized corporates and high net entrepreneurs across all sectors in areas of audit, accountancy, advisory, and tax. With an entrepreneurial spirit and client focus at its core, Hentons focusses on building sustainable business success for its clients. It operates a number of specialist sector divisions including property, entertainment, healthcare, technology and manufacturing as well as a dedicated team of financial advisers offering services in wealth management.

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