Expansion adds £1m turnover

Acquisition takes Campbell Dallas into Ayrshire

campbell-dallasAccountancy firm Campbell Dallas has expanded into Ayrshire with the acquisition of Kilmarnock firm of W White & Co.

The deal will see 14 staff transfer with immediate effect, including founder Bill White, who becomes a consultant. 

Campbell Dallas is one of Scotland’s largest firms of independent chartered accountants with offices currently in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Perth and Stirling. It will gain about £1 million in additional turnover from the White & Co deal which will provide it with a permanent base from which to expand into the Ayrshire market.  

Founded in 1981, White & Co has developed a diverse owner-managed business client base. 

The firm provides a broad range of business advisory, tax, management accounting, fund-raising and insolvency services.

It has developed a strong presence in the construction, engineering, medical, retail, insolvency and debt recovery markets.

Chris Horne, Campbell Dallas’ managing partner, said the deal gives Campbell Dallas a gateway into Ayrshire and the South of Scotland. 

“Ayrshire is an area the firm is keen to develop further and my fellow partner, Donald Boyd, has advised a good number of existing clients within the area for many years.

“There is a band of really high quality businesses in this market. 

“We will ensure that there is a strong ‘continuity of service’ for Bill’s clients and staff, and we will invest in the office to ensure there is a smooth and easy transition.  From the clients’ view this can only be a good thing.”

Bill White added: “Joining Campbell Dallas is the best possible outcome for our clients and staff. 

“It means we can offer a wider range of advisory services and in-depth technical knowledge

“It was very important to us that it would be ‘business as usual’ for our clients, many of whom we have served for 20 or more years.”

The deal follows the merger of Greaves West & Ayre chartered accountants, based in Berwick‑upon‑Tweed, and Haddington firm N C Campbell & Co.  The combined practice will have 11 partners and 104 staff and will trade as Greaves West & Ayre (incorporating N C Campbell & Co).

Photo: Chris Horne, Nicola Campbell, Bill White, Donald Boyd (contributed)

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