Armstrong Watson has continued its expansion across the North West with the opening of the firm’s first office in Greater Manchester.
The firm’s new presence in Cheadle Royal Business Park, close to Manchester Airport, follows its recent acquisition of ASE Professional Services, the UK audit, accounting and tax compliance arm of ASE Automotive Solutions.
The Greater Manchester office will house a “fast-growing” team of 17 which includes recent new hires, along with the existing expertise from ASE Professional Services. The firm said it now has “ambitious plans” to expand the Manchester team over the coming months.
The new office is led by Audit and Assurance director Steve Preston, who joins the firm from BDO. He will work closely alongside Michelle Malone, head of Tax Automotive, who moves to Armstrong Watson to lead ASE Professional Services.
Armstrong Watson already has an established history throughout the North of England and Scotland, and now runs 18 offices covering the North West, Yorkshire, the North East, Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway, and Glasgow.
This decision to launch in Greater Manchester and acquire ASE Professional services follows four other acquisitions for Armstrong Watson in the last 18 months, with the firm expanding in Leeds, Hexham, and Carlisle.
Armstrong Watson managing partner and CEO Paul Dickson said: “We’re delighted to launch in Greater Manchester and to welcome ASE Professional Services staff and clients to Armstrong Watson. We look forward to further growing our presence in the North West and expanding across our multifaceted services and specialisms.
“Our unique proposition allows us to be big enough to advise and support businesses of any size across the full remit of accounting services, but also enables us to provide a bespoke advisory relationship often only associated with smaller firms.”
He added: “We hope that by offering an increasing range of specialists and advisers, we will ensure that we continue to provide local businesses, alongside those in our specialist automotive and motor dealership sector, with tailored, proactive support and advice essential for profit and growth.”