Hornbys takeover local accountancy practice

May 06, 2016

J F Hornby & Co are pleased to announce the acquisition of A B Mercer

It’s always nice to share good news and we are delighted to announce we have taken over another local firm following the retirement of A B Mercer. As the reigning UK accountants of the year we acquired Mr Mercers practice on the 1st of April this year with the staff transferring to our offices in Daltongate Business Centre.

Managing Director Paul Hornby is delighted to have been able to take over A B Mercer’s clients. He said strategically the clients are very similar to our own client base which are local family businesses so it was a very good fit. Mr Mercer who has been in practice for over 40 years started his career as a partner in the firm which is today known as Baker Tilly. All of his clients have become personal friends which made the decision to retire extremely hard but he knew they would be in safe hands with ourselves. On his retirement Mr Mercer thanked all his lovely clients for their loyalty and support over the years. He added when it came time to retire the Hornby’s were the only firm I considered to ensure my clients would continue to receive an excellent professional service.

The acquisition sees the firm’s phenomenal growth continue and cements our position as the biggest provider of accountancy services in Furness and the South Lakes. The business now employs near 40 members in their accountancy team and turnover is expected to exceed £3m this year. Paul Hornby added we are a family firm and will always remain so which makes our relationships with clients much more friendly and personal. As we’ve expanded we offer services which you’d only find in a UK top 100 accountancy firm such as financial life plans, annual business health checks and our ‘game changer’ tax strategies.

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