A FAREHAM firm of accountants has merged with regional financial specialists Wilkins Kennedy.
CW Fellowes, based on the Cams Hall Estate in Fareham, and which also had an office in Southampton, will now be known as Wilkins Kennedy.
The merger means CW Fellowes is now part of a top 25 accountancy and business recovery firm, with 15 offices around London and the south east.
A total of nine directors and 70 staff from CW Fellowes have joined Wilkins Kennedy, bringing the staff total to more than 500 employees.
One of the largest mergers in Wilkins Kennedy’s 130-year history, the merger also increases the tax, professional services and outsourcing departments of the firm.
Adam Wilson, managing director at CW Fellowes, said: ‘This merger provides great opportunity for our clients and staff to draw upon the wide and varied experiences of a top-25 firm to support their continued development.
‘Merging with Wilkins Kennedy offers our clients new service lines, including VAT and corporate finance specialist departments, and offers a greater London presence for our private clients based there, as well as increased opportunities for our staff as part of a larger firm.’
Geoff Collis, who is a director at the CW Fellowes office in Fareham, added: ‘Our clients will benefit from a broader range of services and the considerable tax expertise of WK.
‘The partner-led approach is a key constituent of the firm’s ethos, based in offices in the local business community at the heart of the local economy.’
The Wilkins Kennedy head office is based in central London.
The firm’s managing partner, Dave Fenn, is based there.
He welcomed the two firms’ merger, saying: ‘As a top-25 UK chartered accountancy firm, we are delighted to announce our biggest merger after over 130 years in business.
‘We would like to warmly welcome all our new colleagues and their clients to Wilkins Kennedy.’
The firm also has an office in the Falkland Islands.