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Grant Thornton’s operating profit has surged by 18% to £146m for the year ending December 2023, with net revenues climbing 7% to £654m. The firm’s headcount exceeded 5,500, including over 1,200 new joiners and 25 new partners. Investing £11m in salary increases and earmarking 15% of trading profits for discretionary bonuses, CEO Malcolm Gomersall attributed the success to the firm’s resilient workforce and inclusive culture. With a focus on operational agility and talent development, Grant Thornton aims for sustained growth and client satisfaction in the future.

BDO has expanded its leadership with three partner appointments: Evan Routenberg for Digital Risk Advisory Services, Claire Collins for quality and risk management, and Carl Jebbitt for pension audit in the South East. Routenberg brings 20 years of experience from PwC, Collins specialises in audit quality and regulation, and Jebbitt focuses on pension schemes. Managing partner Paul Eagland highlights BDO’s commitment to enhancing assurance and advisory offerings through talent investment, ensuring bespoke services for clients. The appointments reflect BDO’s dedication to maintaining partnership quality and delivering tailored solutions.

Hall Morrice has appointed Chris Colville as partner, marking the firm’s first tax-focused partnership since its establishment in 1976. With over 15 years of tax compliance and advisory experience, Colville strengthens Hall Morrice’s leadership team. Managing partner Bob Bain emphasises Colville’s role in client advisory, team leadership, and technological innovation, underlining the firm’s commitment to talent investment and regional prominence. Colville’s appointment, alongside recent partner Des Petrie, reinforces Hall Morrice’s vision for sustained growth and service excellence in North East Scotland.

Scrutton Bland, an East Anglia-based accountancy firm with over 100 years of client support, has partnered with Sumer to enhance its services and access cutting-edge technologies. With 150 employees across multiple offices, Scrutton Bland brings sector expertise in agriculture, charities, technology, and more to Sumer’s network. The alliance aims to scale operations, leverage technology, and enrich client offerings. CEO Warren Mead applauds Scrutton Bland’s dedication to SMEs, while Scrutton Bland’s managing partner Jason Fayers highlights the alignment of core values, ensuring a fruitful collaboration for both firms and their clients.

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