Callander Colgan in tie-up

Scott-Moncrieff expands north in merger with Highlands firm

Stewart MacdonaldMid-tier accountancy and business advisory firm, Scott-Moncrieff, the oldest in Scotland, is merging with Inverness-based Callander Colgan, giving the firm an increased presence in the Highlands.

The merger will take effect from 1 May and the combined businesses will work under the Scott-Moncrieff name.

Callander Colgan was established in 2008, and focuses on providing audit, accountancy and business advisory services to clients across the Highland region.  Edinburgh-based Scott-Moncrieff has offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and until now has had an informal presence in Inverness.

The move will see Mhairi Callander become a partner within the newly-expanded firm, heading up the Inverness office.  Brian Colgan will remain as a director.  All 12 staff will be retained in the Inverness office post-merger.

Stewart MacDonald (pictured), managing partner of Scott-Moncrieff, said: “When I became managing partner in 2013, I said that we would not shy away from consolidation, but instead would take the time to seek out new partners and deals that offer the best for us and our clients.

“Our merger with Callander Colgan does just that – we have a growing client base in the Highlands, with a particularly strong public sector practice, and the time is right for us to have an established local presence.  Callander Colgan, as an extremely strong business with a complimentary skill set, is the ideal merger partner for us and by coming together, both businesses stand to benefit a great deal.”

Mhairi Callander added: “Merging with Scott-Moncrieff is a huge opportunity for the business, and it also gives our staff the chance to develop within the context of a larger firm with an international network.”

Scott-Moncrieff has announced the appointment of five partners in the last six months.   The firm is a member of Moore Stephens UK, and a part of the Moore Stephens International Network.

This is now one of the biggest international accounting and consulting networks outside the Big Four, comprising 636 offices of member and correspondent firms in 100 countries, involving employing more than 21,000 partners, principals and staff.

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