Two South East accountancy firms merge in business consolidation.

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Two South East accountancy firms, Shaw Gibbs and Martin and Company Accountants Limited, have agreed to merge. This merger will allow Shaw Gibbs to benefit from Martin and Company’s expertise in farming and agriculture, as well as expand their reach in the industry. The merger represents Shaw Gibbs’ sixth M&A deal since last year and has enabled them to build a 400-strong practice with ten offices across the UK.

Two South East accountancy firms agree to merge

Two accountancy firms based in the South East have announced plans to merge. Oxford-based Shaw Gibbs has agreed to merge with Winchester-headquartered Martin and Company Accountants Limited, in a deal the company said underscored their commitment to growth and innovation in the business advisory market.

Martin and Company, which specializes in farming, agriculture, landed estates, and private clients, has offices in Thame and Liss in addition to its Winchester HQ. Shaw Gibbs, which secured a £10 million investment from Apiary Capital in 2023, hopes to benefit from Martin and Company’s expertise in farming and agriculture through this merger. This merger is part of Shaw Gibbs’ strategy to build a significant offering in the industry, and it represents their sixth M&A deal since last year.

Following the merger, Shaw Gibbs Chief Executive, Peter O’Connell, stated, “Martin and Company’s reputation for excellence and commitment to client success perfectly complements our values and mission. Together, we will continue to deliver the high-quality services and innovative solutions our clients expect, while expanding our reach to better serve businesses, estates, and individuals throughout the region.”

Seamus McLaughlin, a partner at Martin and Company, added, “Joining forces with Shaw Gibbs allows us to leverage their extensive resources and expertise while retaining the personalized approach and deep client relationships that have been the hallmark of Martin and Company for over 50 years.”

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