PKF Cooper Parry seals the deal

Left to right: Gavin Whitehouse and Ross Cocker (formerly of Clement Keys), Ade Cheatham (CEO of PKF Cooper Parry), Joe Bates (formerly of Clement Keys), Danny Parker and Jeremy Bowler

Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry has this week completed a merger with Birmingham-based Clement Keys creating the largest independent firm of chartered accountants in the region.

The newly-merged firm is trading as PKF Cooper Parry and has a combined revenue of £30 million and a team of more than 350 people across its two offices in the East and West Midlands.

On the day of completion CEO of PKF Cooper Parry, Ade Cheatham, said: "As of today, we have immediately strengthened the partner team, with five new partners across audit, tax and corporate finance. This is an exciting and significant merger for both firms. We share a closely aligned vision to be number one in the privately-owned market across the whole of the Midlands through creating a fiercely independent firm which is purely focused on exceptional client service."

Joe Bates, Managing Partner at Clement Keys, said: "Clement Keys and PKF Cooper Parry are delighted to have joined forces. We have spent a number of years growing our market share and so has PKF Cooper Parry. Bringing the two firms together now broadens our services to businesses in our region and strengthens our position in the marketplace."

Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry is the fastest growing top 100 accountancy and business advisory firm in the UK. The firm is one of five UK firms to join the international PKF network which enables it to provide global capacity and expertise to its clients. It has an innovative approach to HR, offering staff unlimited holidays and flexible working hours - as well as recruiting school leavers as well as senior team members.