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Campbell Dallas adds £1.3m with Sinclair Scott deal

Chris Horne, left, with Andrew Sinclair (centre) and Stephen Wilkie

Ayr-based Sinclair Scott, a long-established independent accountancy firm, has joined Campbell Dallas.

All 20 staff and two partners will be retained in the deal which will add about £1.3m of fee income per year. 

Campbell Dallas, which acquired Kilmarnock-based White & Co in October 2016, is now one of the largest full-service accountancy firms in Ayrshire with a staff and partner complement of 38.  

The deal with Sinclair Scott, which has operated for more than 100 years, is Campbell Dallas’ first following its acquisition by Baldwins in October 2017 when it announced plans to drive growth in Scotland through a combination of acquisitions and organic expansion. 

Sinclair Scott provides a broad range of accountancy, advisory, tax and compliance services to a mix of clients.  The firm has a strong client base in the charities, rural, farming and healthcare sectors.

Chris Horne, managing partner of Campbell Dallas said the acquisition was an exciting move for both firms: “Sinclair Scott is a highly respected local firm with a long history of advising businesses and private clients.

“The deal provides us with further scale and reach to expand our client base throughout Ayrshire and the South West of Scotland as well as building on our sectoral expertise. 

“It also provides our staff access to rewarding career opportunities across our growing business.” 

Andrew Sinclair, partner at Sinclair Scott, added: “Joining Campbell Dallas presents an exciting opportunity for our clients as we can now offer a full range of advisory services together with access to specialist technical knowledge.

“The move will also enable significant investment in IT.

“It will remain ‘business as usual’ for our clients, many of whom have been with Sinclair Scott for several decades.”

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