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Dunkley’s Chartered Accountants has merged with Gillespie’s, enhancing service offerings for clients in Bristol. The move, reflecting a 20-year relationship between the firms, signifies Dunkley’s growth milestone while maintaining its Bristol headquarters. Lisa White, Dunkley’s director, emphasises seamless client transition and enhanced support for businesses across the South West.

Grant Thornton is facing a £40k penalty from the FRC for audit failures in a local authority pension fund’s audit. Identified errors and insufficient evidence led to non-compliance, potentially affecting stakeholders. The penalty aims to ensure effective audit functions, with Grant Thornton accepting the sanction and proposing written undertakings.

John Howarth has joined Evelyn Partners as audit partner in Bristol, bringing extensive mid-market experience from Big Four firms. His appointment aligns with Evelyn’s growth plans and commitment to client-centric values, coinciding with the firm’s upcoming office relocation. Sancho Simmonds, head of Assurance, highlights Howarth’s fit with the firm’s growth ambitions.

RSM UK has welcomed Stephen Fuller as tax partner in London, bolstering its financial services offering. Fuller’s 25 years of experience in multinational tax advisory aligns with RSM’s holistic approach to client needs. Peter Allen, head of financial services, emphasises Fuller’s role in driving the firm’s growth strategy in the financial services sector.

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