Borders firm expands
Rennie Welch expands with acquisition of Berwick practice
Borders-based accountancy firm Rennie Welch has expanded its Berwick on Tweed practice following a merger with local firm Optimus Accounting.
Patrick Evans, pictured, who founded Optimus in 2011, will now join Rennie Welch as a partner bringing his staff to the firm. The deal bolsters the Rennie Welch team to over 40 staff and seven partners operating from three locations.
The firm has also announced it plans to move into a larger dedicated premises in Berwick later this year to accommodate the enlarged team and provide it with room for further growth across the local region. Both firms currently occupy serviced office suites in Berwick Workspace.
Headquartered in Kelso in the Scottish Borders, Rennie Welch was founded in the 1920’s. Five years ago the firm embarked on an expansion programme opening new offices in Melrose in 2014, as part of the merger with a local firm in the Scottish Borders town. Two years later the firm further expanded into Berwick on Tweed where its team is led by partner Mark Thompson.
While Rennie Welch has a long-established position as an agricultural accounting and taxation specialist, in recent years the firm has also built a client base within retail, manufacturing, hotel and catering and service industries.
Mark Thompson, tax partner at Rennie Welch said: “I’m particularly pleased to welcome Patrick Evans, whom I’ve known for nearly 30 years, and his colleagues to the firm. We share a very similar culture and ethos which we look forward to building on as we move forward.”
Patrick Evans commented: “I am excited about the prospect of working with Mark and his colleagues as part of the expanded team at Rennie Welch. I also look forward to continuing working closely with our existing clients, many of whom have been with us from the early days of our business, and attracting new clients as we aim to grow our business across the region.”