Rennie Welch builds up Scottish border presence

Scottish firm Rennie Welch has merged with Optimus Accounting Ltd, as part of a strategy to increase its geographical reach and widen its client base

Patrick Evans, who founded Optimus in 2011, joins the firm as a partner bringing his team of staff. The deal boosts Rennie Welch’s team to over 40 staff and seven partners operating from three locations.

Both firms currently occupy serviced offices in Berwick Workspace but will move into a larger dedicated premise in Berwick later this year. This will enable the firm to accommodate the enlarged team and provide room for further growth across the local region.

Mark Thompson, Rennie Welch tax partner, said: ‘The new combined operation will continue to provide the same friendly professional service to its clients and will also benefit from the wider expertise and support of the enlarged team.

‘I'm particularly pleased to welcome Patrick Evans, whom I've known for nearly 30 years, and his colleagues to the firm. We share a very similar culture and ethos which we look forward to building on as we move forward.’

Founded in the south of Scotland in the 1920s, five years ago Rennie Welch embarked on an expansion programme from its Kelso base, opening new offices in Melrose in 2014, as part of the merger with a local firm, then two years later opened an office in Berwick on Tweed.

The firm has a long-established reputation as an agricultural accounting and taxation specialist, but in recent years has built a client base within retail, manufacturing, hotel and catering, and service industries.

Evans said: ‘I am excited about the prospect of working with Mark and his colleagues as part of the expanded team at Rennie Welch. I also look forward to continuing working closely with our existing clients, many of whom have been with us from the early days of our business, and attracting new clients as we aim to grow our business across the region.

‘By joining forces, we will add value to the clients we service across the north east of England and the Scottish borders.’

Rennie Welch reported fee income of £1.59m in its latest accounts submitted at Companies House for year end October 2018. Optimus Accounting filed total exemption full accounts.

Pat Sweet | 8 Aug 2019

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