Accountancy firms announce merger

03rd Nov

Hessle-based Harris Lacey and Swain, announced the merger with Holdstock Nicholls Train & Co, based in Hull. The merger with Holdstock Nicholls Train & Co significantly expands the client base, expertise and experience of Harris Lacey and Swain.
Richard Lacey, owner and partner at Harris Lacey and Swain, said: “We’re delighted to announce the merger with Holdstock Nicholls Train & Co.”
Mr Lacey, a highly experienced accountant, joined the practice in 1993. He arrived with a diverse wealth of experience, having previously worked at Coopers and Lybrand, today part of PwC. He has a valuable range of specialist experience, advising organisations such as charities and owner-managed businesses.
Mr Lacey and fellow Harris Lacey and Swain partner Richard Tucker will be joined by Holdstock Nicholls Train & Co founding partners Mike Holdstock and Paul Train.
Mr Holdstock co-founded the company in 1987 and brings more than 50 years of accountancy experience. He specialises in corporate, strategic, business and estate planning and compliance matters. Fellow founding partner Paul Train specialises in business and financial planning for private individuals and corporate entities.
For Harris Lacey and Swain, the merger announcement marks a new era in the firm’s history. The merger decision was based on the cultural values both firms share, in which client service is placed at the forefront. Moving forward as one, the newly expanded firm will seek to both expand on existing specialities and seek new opportunities. The merger will mean that the firm has the opportunity to retain valuable and talented members of staff, offering more services as part of a coordinated growth strategy.
The merger with Holdstock Nicholls Train & Co means that Harris Lacey and Swain will be able to expand on its portfolio of services. With greater knowledge and experience across all areas of business, the firm will look to expand their wealth management, specialist tax and personal tax planning services. It will also take steps towards the development, expansion and implementation of latest technologies, such as cloud accounting.
Main picture: from left, Richard Lacey, Richard Tucker, Mike Holdstock and Paul Train

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