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BHP welcomes new tax partner

A Yorkshire and North Derbyshire accountancy firm has strengthened its expanding tax department with the appointment of Joanne Powell as a tax partner working across its Leeds and Cleckheaton offices.

Joanne specialises in advising mid-market businesses and their owners on all aspects of tax. Prior to joining BHP, Joanne worked at KPMG and Grant Thornton for over 16 years.

Joanne said: “I was drawn to BHP as there’s a lot of buzz about them in the market at the moment. They’ve been winning several awards and come across as an ambitious but friendly firm which is really going somewhere.

“I wanted to join an independent firm that was firmly focussed on providing high quality advice to mid-market companies and BHP was the obvious fit. It is of a size which allows a flexible and fast approach to working with clients without the restraints you can sometimes get with a national firm, but it also has great international networks, specialist teams across all areas of accountancy and tax, and a strong presence in Yorkshire.”

Throughout her career, Joanne has gained a broad spectrum of experience – not only working with businesses of all sizes on both tax compliance and tax advisory matters, but also specialising in mergers and acquisitions and insolvency tax.

Joanne added: “BHP has an impressive full service offering with specialists in every area, and it’s important to me that a firm promotes collaborative, cross service working – an approach to clients which BHP really champions.

“Overall as a firm, they seem to really be on fire, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed in the industry. I’m really excited to get stuck into my new role and get out and about meeting lots of new businesses.”

Joint managing partner Hamish Morrison said: “Joanne brings with her a wealth of experience and will be a great addition to our growing team. Joanne boosts our tax team to 57, making it one of the largest in the region. This is a really exciting time for the business, and we’re delighted that this is shining through and attracting talent like Joanne.”

Earlier this year, BHP was recognised by the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list – now in its 19th year, the hard-fought and nationally-celebrated list recognises the very best in employee engagement around the country.

BHP was also awarded Best Employer of the Year at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards and were the inaugural winners of the Community Award at the Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards.

BHP’s Audit team also scooped Audit Team of the Year at the British Accountancy Awards last month. With more than 300 staff, over the last ten years BHP has increased turnover from £8m to over £22m.

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