Regional accountancy firms merger adds up to new, larger independent firm

Two Oxfordshire accountancy practices have merged to create one of the biggest independent accountancy firms spanning Oxfordshire and – Buckinghamshire.

Whitley Stimpson Ltd and the Witney based Morgan Harris Group, have merged.  The Whitley Stimpson Banbury, Bicester and High Wycombe offices will retain their existing names and the Witney office will be known as MHG Whitley Stimpson.

Jonathan Walton, director at Whitley Stimpson said: “This is a very exciting time and opens up a new world of opportunities.  The reputation for excellence already commanded by Morgan Harris will significantly strengthen our business offering, which already provides a wealth of benefits to existing clients.

The merger is a meeting of minds in both business and cultural terms with the crossover in practice areas making Morgan Harris the perfect fit.  I am confident that by coming together we will be creating a firm with a wider portfolio of services.

We are now ranked within the top 100 practices in the country and are one of the largest independent accounting firms spanning Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire providing a serious, heavyweight, alternative for businesses and high net-worth individuals based in London.”

Alan Morgan, MHG Whitley Stimpson said: “We have worked with Whitley Stimpson on a third party basis for some years and have built a good relationship. In my opinion, there aren’t many accounting firms out there that share our values in terms of providing a top class accounting and tax service in a personalised and bespoke way. Whitley Stimpson is the exception – they share our core values, we like the people and their approach to business so this is a natural partnership.”

Whitley Stimpson has provided financial advice to businesses and individuals for over 85 years.  Traditions such as personal service, value for money and expertise with a genuine emphasis on a director-led service have ensured the retention of many existing clients from early days as start-ups through to achieving multi-million pound success.

Whitley Stimpson first extended its services into Buckinghamshire in 2010 following a merger with Hale Partnership based in High Wycombe. Then in 2014 it merged with a firm of Bicester accountants Baxter Payne & Haigh.

This latest merger significantly enhances business growth, bolsters a strong team of specialists and extends the firm’s geographical reach.

Jonathan concluded: “We are confident that with our new office addition we can continue to reinforce our position as one of the region’s leading accountancy firms.  We are very optimistic about 2016 and the continued growth of our company.”