CHESTER accountancy practice Westmore Brennand has been acquired by rival practice Edward Robinson & Co (ERC).
The deal is part of a growth strategy that has already seen Liverpool based ERC expand into tax and business advisory services in addition to traditional accountancy services.
ERC will gain the Westmore Brennand client base and specialist staff covering new areas of financial expertise.
It also gains Westmore Brennand’s premises in Chester, providing its first base in a city that it has earmarked for future business growth.
All Westmore Brennand staff are transferring to ERC. The enlarged practice now has five partners and 19 fee earners working on a client base primarily in the North West and north Wales.
Founded in 1978, ERC relocated from offices in Rodney Street to bigger premises in Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, in 2007. Westmore Brennand’s offices at the Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, will close.
ERC’s existing four partners: Edward Robinson, Richard Brown, Mark Wrigglesworth and Paul Kemp, will be joined by partner David Pattinson from Westmore Brennand. Founder Colin Brennand is remaining with the new firm, taking on a consultancy role.
ERC partner Richard Brown said: “ERC is reinventing itself as a business advisory service that helps firms maximise efficiency in the way they plan and run their operations, as well as providing traditional accountancy services such as annual returns and basic tax advice.
“This acquisition gives us better resources so we can provide clients with an improved, more proactive, one-to-one service.
“We’re pleased to welcome David and Colin and their team. Their strengths will add to ERC’s offering as we grow our client base.”
ERC has identified Chester and North Wales as areas to target for new clients.
Existing Westmore Brennand premises at Chester Enterprise Centre, Hoole Road, Chester, will be used in the interim until bigger premises can be found in the city.