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Hentons accelerates national expansion with key appointment

Peter Watson

Accountancy and advisory firm Hentons is accelerating its national expansion plans with the appointment 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 first-class 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 national office network and driving future growth for the business.

“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 continuing to invest in  technology to improve customer service and efficiency across the business.”

The Leeds headquartered firm now has a team of over 100 across five offices focusing on business advisory, audit, accounts, tax planning and wealth management.  Hentons 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, 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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