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Armstrong Watson acquires Volans, Leach and Schofield

The merger between the two groups will see the firm's partners Martin Knaggs and Chris Smart, along with their eight-strong team of staff, join Armstrong Watson

Armstrong Watson has strengthened its presence across the north with the acquisition of Volans, Leach and Schofield.

The merger between the two groups will see the firm’s partners Martin Knaggs and Chris Smart, along with their eight-strong team of staff, join Armstrong Watson to continue to provide tax and accounting services to existing clients.

It comes at a time of growth for Armstrong Watson, which is currently refurbishing its South Parade office to accommodate the expansion, and is its second acquisition in four months.

The firm took over Patricia J Arnold and Co in March 2021 and in the last 12 months has also relocated its west Cumbria base from Workington to Cockermouth to meet growing demand.

Paul Dickson, CEO, Armstrong Watsons, said: “We’re delighted to announce the news of the acquisition and are really looking forward to working with Martin, Chris and their dedicated team, as well as looking after their clients.

“This acquisition further strengthens Armstrong Watson’s aim to be the go-to firm across the north of England and Scotland for family and owner-managed businesses. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, our ambition remains and we’re thrilled to welcome the Volans Leach & Schofield team into the growing Armstrong Watson family.”

Knaggs added: “Having spent our entire working lives at Volans and developed strong client relationships, it was vital for Chris and I to merge with a firm that shares our ethos and partner-led approach.

“From the first discussions, the synergies between our client bases were apparent, and importantly, the people at Armstrong Watson have been open, approachable and a pleasure to deal with throughout the process.”

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