The Kent offices of chartered accountants Haines Watts are to merge with MHA MacIntyre Hudson, one of the top 15 accountancy firms.
The move will create a county-wide team of ten partners, two directors and more than 80 accounting and support staff, which will operate from MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s offices in Maidstone and Canterbury.
Duncan Cochrane-Dyet, MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s Kent managing partner, said: “Kent is a really exciting market place with major growth prospects and this merger will make us a real force in the county.
“Both firms have a similar outlook in valuing our clients and people above all else and are a great cultural fit. We’re confident that together we will continue to deliver services to a high level with access to a wider range of expertise for Haines Watts clients.”
Stephen Askew, a partner at Haines Watts in Canterbury, added: “Joining forces with MHA MacIntyre Hudson makes us one of the leading practices in Kent.
“The firms’ specialities complement each other very well and we are looking forward to working with our new colleagues. This merger will benefit our clients and provide enhanced career and development prospects for our staff.”
The Canterbury and Maidstone offices of Haines Watts will relocate to the MHA MacIntyre Hudson offices in Ashford Road, Maidstone and New Dover Road, Canterbury.