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Today’s news in brief – 12/1/2023

Carpenter Box, a Sussex and South East accountancy firm, merges with Jones Avens accountants, expanding its network into Hampshire for the first time. The rebranded Carpenter Box Jones Avens will offer services from offices in Worthing, Brighton, Chichester, Crawley, London, Chichester, and Portsmouth. The merger aligns with Carpenter Box’s growth strategy, enhancing services and reach. Alan Edwards, Carpenter Box’s managing partner, sees the merger as a milestone, emphasising Jones Avens’ culture and customer service excellence. David Knight from Carpenter Box Jones Avens anticipates unlocking additional resources and specialist knowledge for clients through the merger.

DJH Mitten Clarke announces a strategic partnership with HR consultancy firm Innov8 Human Resources to provide comprehensive people advice addressing evolving business needs. The collaboration combines DJH Mitten Clarke’s financial knowledge with Innov8 HR’s HR expertise. Rochelle Murinas, Innov8 HR’s managing director, emphasises the partnership’s value in delivering exceptional services, fostering growth, productivity, and employee well-being. Scott Heath, CEO of DJH Mitten Clarke, expresses excitement about extending services and meeting rising HR support demand across the UK. This partnership follows DJH Mitten Clarke’s October 2023 acquisitions, strengthening its position.

South West-based accountancy company Albert Goodman appoints Neil Hutchings as a corporate finance partner, enhancing its advisory services. Hutchings, with experience at Deloitte and PwC, joined Albert Goodman in 2008, specialising in selling and buying businesses, due diligence reviews, valuations, and other corporate finance projects. The appointment aims to support businesses and owners across the South West, harnessing talent to provide top-tier support in a fast-paced business environment. Iain McVicar, managing partner at Albert Goodman, anticipates Hutchings playing a key role in the company’s growth.

FRP Corporate Finance supports Clearway Group in raising incremental debt to finance its acquisition of Secontec, a Germany-based company in mobile CCTV towers and remote video surveillance. Clearway, headquartered in London, specialises in security services, operating in the UK and France. FRP’s debt advisory team, led by partner Tom Cox, facilitates financing, enabling Clearway to complete the acquisition and secure funding for future M&A deals and organic growth. The deal expands Clearway’s European security operations and reinforces its growth strategy. Richard Scully, CFO of Clearway Group, praises FRP for supporting a well-managed funding process.

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