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Azets strengthens audit practice in the Midlands

The appointment supports the firm’s ambition to quadruple growth within the next five years across its central region.

Azets has strengthened its Audit and Assurance practice in the West Midlands and Shropshire with the appointment of Lee Meredith as audit partner. Meredith has re-joined the firm, having been senior manager with Azets between 2017 to 2020.

In his new role, Meredith will work closely with the firm’s portfolio of SME customers to understand their circumstances and provide tailored advice “at a critical time” for business.

Meredith is a chartered accountant and professional member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW). Previously, he gained experience with a Big Four accounting firm and was most recently associate partner with Haines Watts. 

Additionally, Meredith has experience in financial reporting, corporate and private client taxation, external audit, assurance reporting, and corporate finance. 

Azets said the appointment enhances its Audit and Assurance coverage and capability in the region, and supports the firm’s ongoing expansion and ambition to quadruple growth within the next five years across its central region.

Meanwhile, Azets recently announced plans to create 650 jobs in 2022 across all levels, with 100 of those roles based in the Midlands, Shropshire, and Welsh Borders.

Mark Craddock, regional managing partner with Azets, said: “We are delighted that Lee has decided to re-join Azets from Haines Watts at an exciting time for the firm. Lee is a talented young advisor, and his technical expertise is exactly what we are looking for as we grow our audit service line across the region.

“Lee will play a key part as we continue to grow the business and a central role in the day-to-day running of our audit service line. Lee has the ability to progress quickly within the firm and we are all looking forward to working with him again.”

Meredith added: “I’m excited to re-join Azets, having kept a close eye on the firm’s incredible achievements, particularly over the past 12 months. I didn’t hesitate at the opportunity to become part of the team once again.”

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