Baldwins acquires long-established West Country practices

Baldwins accountancy group, a member of CogitalGroup, has acquired two additional long-established practices as part of moves to build up its presence in the West Country

Kelsall Steele, based in Truro, and Perrins, in Barnstaple, have both changed their names to Baldwins. 

Kelsall Steele has been operating in West and Mid Cornwall for over 70 years and Perrins was established in North Devon in 1914. Collectively they employ nearly 60 staff, who will remain at their existing offices.

Shaun Knight, board director at Baldwins, said: ‘The acquisitions underline our commitment to the Devon and Cornwall business communities.

‘Local relationships are key and both practices will benefit from the digital and technological innovations implemented within Baldwins, in order to meet the demands of the ever changing regulatory and digital landscape, as well as client expectations.’

Bernard Pooley, managing director at Kelsall Steele, will continue to lead the firm’s Truro office, alongside Malcolm Peters.

Pooley said: ‘This spells great news for our clients as we can use Baldwins’ national coverage and depth of specialist expertise to further strengthen our business advisory services.’

Chris Birch, director at Perrins, is also staying to lead the Barnstaple office alongside Simon Osment.

Birch said: ‘Joining forces with Baldwins takes our firm to the next level where we can expand our reach with their additional services, and in turn, expand our workforce.’

The two latest acquisitions follow the purchases of Davisons and Potter Baker in 2017, and take Baldwins’ total number of offices in the West Country to six. Matthew Gard, regional managing partner, heads up the offices in the area.

Baldwins now has more than 90 offices throughout the UK, employing more than 2,800 staff with an annual turnover of approximately £200m. 

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