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Johnston Carmichael sees 20% growth in new audit and assurance wins

Independent accountancy and business advisory firm Johnston Carmichael has confirmed a series of new business wins for its audit and assurance team.

As a result, revenues have grown by over a fifth this year to date as it continues to expand its services. The team added £400,000 in new business in the first four months of the 2019-20 financial year, securing more than 20% growth when compared to the equivalent period of 2018.

Among the best performing regions were Glasgow and Aberdeen where the firm recorded increases of 52% and 28% respectively. The firm’s Edinburgh office is also on track to have doubled its audit and assurance fee income over the last four financial years.

The audit and assurance team provide expert advice to hundreds of businesses across the UK, helping them to negotiate, often “complex”, regulatory requirements.

The audit and assurance team is now led by partner, Graham Marjoribanks, who joined the firm in September following 10 years working in both Alberta and the Greater Toronto Area of Canada.

Marjoribanks replaced David McBain as head of audit, with McBain continuing to play a leading role in the firm’s audit division as chair of its audit leadership team.

Since joining the firm, Marjoribanks has been keen to further emphasise that companies shouldn’t “treat audit merely as a regulatory tick box”. He believes Johnston Carmichael’s “more rounded approach” to audit is behind the sharp growth in business.

Marjoribanks said: “The growth we have seen since the start of the financial year is a clear indicator that businesses are approaching the audit process in a different way. More and more businesses are recognising that a strong and comprehensive audit can add so much value beyond simply ensuring compliance.”

He added: “With a number of high-profile insolvency events hitting the headlines over the last 12 months, the spotlight is on the audit profession more than ever before. Ahead of the publication of the Brydon Report it is therefore encouraging that businesses are looking to engage in a more holistic approach to the process.

“Our focus is on providing a high-quality audit service for our clients that moves beyond merely ticking the compliance box. Rather than just jumping through the regulatory hoop, we aim to provide advice that will fully support the company and see them in a stronger position 12 months down the line.”

Johnston Carmichael has 13 offices across the UK, including the recently opened London, and Dundee offices.

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