North East chartered accountants and business advisers Evolution has joined forces with one of the UK’s leading independent accountancy firms.
The move means Evolution, which has offices in Newcastle and Wynyard, has become part of the £40 million turnover Baldwins Accountancy Group which now has over 550 staff.
This move is part of Baldwins’ national strategic expansion plans for 2016, and follows a deal that saw another North East accountancy firm Rowlands Accountants join forces with Baldwins Accountancy Group earlier this year.
Martin Barber, Managing Partner at Evolution, said: “Since Evolution was created six years ago from a management buyout we have grown consistently and doubled our workforce, and becoming part of the Baldwins Group will allow us to bring our fresh, dynamic approach to an even wider audience.
“This is very much the next chapter in the development of our business. Our clients will get access to an even broader range of business advisers and we will be able to connect them to even more potential customers and suppliers across the UK. Our people will also have a broader range of career options to look forward to.
“We have recently moved into new headquarters in Wynyard and have opened our office in Newcastle. Our growth demonstrates that our approach to advising clients is one they find attractive and that, as entrepreneurs ourselves, we know how to build a successful business.”
John Baldwin, Director at Baldwins said: “Rowlands has given us an exceptional start in the North East and now we have the confidence to further invest in the region with Evolution, continuing to build on the excellent brand of both firms.
“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with Evolution in the North East, this give us greater opportunity to utilise our specialist services across the region. We now have around 200 staff in seven offices across the region from Alnwick in the North to Wynyard in the South.
“By having such a varied geographical spread, we are developing an invaluable network that will enable businesses in and around surrounding areas to connect with other entrepreneurs further afield in the region.
“We are looking to invest further in the area in the coming months which underlines our faith in the strong business community and local economy.”