BHP in Further Expansion

10th April 2012

Barber Harrison & Platt (BHP) has today announced that it has further strengthened its position as the largest independent firm of chartered accountants in Yorkshire with the appointment of two highly regarded specialist partners.

This significant step forward for BHP comes little more than a year after its merger with the Leeds and Harrogate-based Mitchells Group in February 2011.  The enlarged firm now employs approximately 190 staff and operates under the brand name of BHP Mitchells in North and West Yorkshire. Hamish Morrison joins as a Corporate Finance partner in the Leeds office.  BHP Corporate Finance already has a pre-eminent, multi-award winning South Yorkshire-based team and Hamish will spearhead corporate finance and M&A activity in North and West Yorkshire.  Mr Morrison commented; The opportunity to help further grow the BHP business whilst remaining focused on advising the region's SME and owner-managed businesses on a wide variety of transactions is one I am extremely excited about.  Our partner-led approach is one which is ideally suited to helping people achieve their aims in the current economic environment. Amanda Waterhouse joins as a Tax partner.  She brings further depth and expertise in the independent corporate market to the Leeds and Harrogate presence of the firm's 23 strong tax team, shortlisted last year in the British Accountancy Awards for the Tax Award of the Year, Independent Firm.  Mrs Waterhouse said; I am very excited to be joining such a well-established firm to add to the already strong tax team and help to expand the offering into North and West Yorkshire.  Working together across the partner group helps us to deliver a fully integrated, pro-active service to entrepreneurial businesses throughout their life-cycles. Managing partner, John Warner, stated; The addition of Hamish and Amanda demonstrates our ambitious commitment to reinforce BHP's position as Yorkshire's largest independent practice, attracting the best staff and partners to work with the region's finest businesses and entrepreneurs.

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