(L-R) Armstrong Watson’s Head of Corporate Richard Rankin and Robson Laidler MD Graham Purvis
Robson Laidler Accountants has partnered with accountancy firm Armstrong Watson Accountants, Business and Financial Advisers to expand their corporate finance offering.
Armstrong Watson LLP will collaborate with Jesmond-based Robson Laidler to provide client support for finance raising, succession and selling strategies and acquisitions.
The partnership will also allow the accountancy firm to offer clients strategic corporate advice, increasing their client offering and helping small to medium businesses to fulfil their potential.
Robson Laidler managing director Graham Purvis said: “Following the acquisition of Straughans Chartered Accountants earlier in the year, the next step in our business growth strategy was to expand our service offering into the corporate finance arena.
“Our business advisors coupled with corporate finance experts at Armstrong Watson will now work together as one single unit working across a range of strategy and corporate finance services including mergers and acquisitions, valuations, research, due diligence, sale mandates, financing, restructuring and strategic planning and execution.
“The strategy behind the formation is to emphasise to the market that any corporate finance activity should be part of a clear strategic plan. We believe that business strategy and corporate finance transactions fit hand in hand. To do otherwise, creates much more likelihood of failure or missed opportunities.”
Richard Rankin, Armstrong Watson’s head of corporate finance added: “With an ever increasing demand for strategic business advice that can be implemented and delivered by an experienced corporate finance team, this is a very exciting time for Corporate Finance. The opportunity to work directly with Robson Laidler reflects this identified need in the growing market place and we are delighted to partner with them to help deliver it. Our expanding team across the north is looking forward to supporting and assisting to provide essential CF advice for Robson Laidler clients.”
Armstrong Watson have a strong base in the North of England and Scotland, with 16 offices across the region, and are able to offer Robson Laidler clients a wealth of experience with their highly skilled and proactive corporate finance team.
Paul Dickson, Armstrong Watson chief executive, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support such a great firm such as Robson Laidler with helping their clients on finance raising and succession planning with our corporate finance expertise.”