Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants has announced a further investment in its regional business by welcoming longstanding Plymouth-based accountancy practice Riley Chartered Accountants into the firm.
The leading South West firm was announced as an official Patron of Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce in December 2020.
The latest move is part of Thomas Westcott’s continued growth across the South West and the ongoing success of its Plymouth office, which has grown rapidly since the merger with Parkhurst Hill in 2016.
Riley’s 14 team members, including three partners and a director, will relocate to Thomas Westcott’s office at Marsh Mills, creating a 55-strong team in Plymouth and bringing together the considerable experience and expertise within the two firms for the benefit of existing and new clients.
Shona Godefroy, Thomas Westcott Managing Partner, said: “Joining forces with Riley Chartered Accountants represents our continued growth and investment in Plymouth. It is an exciting opportunity for us to enhance our team and grow our client base in and around this vibrant city.
“Riley is a very well-established firm and we already have a strong relationship with the team. Our firms are very like-minded in ethos and approach and, like us, Riley serves a diverse client base.
“Both firms are passionate about offering an outstanding personal service to all our clients, as well as being forward looking, embracing new technologies and innovation.
“Combining our teams enables us to combine our strengths and skills to continue to offer our clients a truly first class service.”
Jon Stacey, Riley Chartered Accountants Partner, said: “For 40 years, Riley has been serving business clients across the South West. However, in the modern business world it is necessary to build a depth of resources and skills to wrap our clients with a professional service team.
“Being small and niche means that this is much more difficult and therefore for our clients, the team and our partners, we are better off becoming an influential part of a bigger business.
“A business where our modern ideas, knowledge and skills can benefit clients and the bigger team and where change happens because it is right. A business that really cares for its people, strives to be on your side and is involved in building success for clients and for the firm.
“This is a merger that has been carefully planned for more than two years and we are really looking forward to the benefits that come from combining the two teams and being able to offer a really caring service to our clients.”