Azets, the top ten UK accounting, tax and business advisory firm, has announced its acquisition of Roffe Swayne, an accountancy and tax advisory firm based in Godalming, Surrey
Founded in 1935, Roffe Swayne are now trading as Azets and the acquisition creates a significant local professional services firm serving businesses and individuals across Surrey and the south east.
Existing clients of Azets, who already have a strong local presence with an office in Guildford, and Roffe Swayne clients will benefit from a wider range of services to support their future growth including audit, accounting, tax advisory and compliance, corporate finance, forensics and payroll services.
The acquisition will see 94 staff from Roffe Swayne move to Azets and there will be no redundancies.
Clients that need to expand into new markets will also benefit from access to a large professional services network across the UK and Europe in addition to gaining more opportunities to learn from and benchmark against other enterprises and SMEs in their sector.
Dawn Marriott, CEO of Azets said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Roffe Swayne to Azets. Their strong local reputation and expertise combined with Azets’ local and international footprint will open up a wealth of opportunities for our clients across Surrey and the south east region.
‘The acquisition means more businesses in the region will benefit from our investment in digital technologies, allowing us to serve them more efficiently and offer more insight into their financial matters. We are proud of our localised approach to serving SMEs and private clients across the country and this acquisition is testament to our commitment to Surrey and the South East region.
‘Acquiring Roffe Swayne is a great example of our M&A strategy in action. As a top 10 UK firm and global business, M&A is a big factor in the Azets’ growth plan. This acquisition will be the first of many this year as we continue to build our brand and footprint throughout Europe.’
Jeremy Gardner, Roffe Swayne managing partner, said: ‘This is an exciting chapter in the development of our business. We are incredibly proud of our heritage and reputation having first established our office in 1935. Azets shares our values and beliefs in providing a personal approach to supporting the needs of local and regional businesses.
‘Our combined Godalming and Guildford offices creates a significant breadth of professional services to offer businesses and local communities across Surrey and south east region.’