Grant Thornton has announced the promotion of Paul Wilson to partner in its north west practice.
Wilson has worked as a VAT director in the firm’s tax team for the last four years and prior to that he has been based in the region for 13 years of his 20 year career, which has been focussed entirely on VAT.
He has experience advising a broad mix of clients including FTSE 100 companies, multinational businesses, and owner-managed businesses.
Wilson also has “particular expertise” in manufacturing, technology, real estate and private healthcare, and is a recognised expert in international supply chain advisory. This has led to him leading several of the firm’s Brexit readiness projects for its client base.
Commenting on his promotion to partner, Wilson said: “I am hugely excited to be taking the next step in my career with Grant Thornton. The strength of the tax team in the region was a major draw when I joined the firm in 2017, so I’m incredibly pleased to step up to partner within it.
“The region’s businesses have faced a year like no other during 2020. But the result of the Brexit negotiations, and the start of life in earnest outside of the EU, presents fresh challenges for many internationally trading businesses. Timely, reliable, clear advice is the ask from all business leaders and Grant Thornton is committed to providing that.”
The north west practice, which has its headquarters in Manchester, recently reaffirmed its commitment to the city by announcing a new 15-year lease which will see its 350 Manchester employees be based at its landmark office development at St Peter’s Square.
Carl Williams, managing partner for north west at Grant Thornton, said: “Paul’s promotion to partner comes at a time of significant potential disruption to international supply chains, when our region’s globally trading businesses need assured counsel. I’m pleased to see him make the step up to partner and to continue to offer real insight and guidance to our client base.
“As a firm, we’re committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best and brightest talent. All of our promoted colleagues have supported both clients and each other with resilience, dynamism and compassion amid unprecedented circumstances last year and I’m delighted to recognise that.”