Accountancy groups shake hands on merger deal

N C Campbell & Co partner Ewan Millar, on the left, shakes hands on the deal with Alan Patterson of Greaves West & Ayre. Picture: Contributed

N C Campbell & Co partner Ewan Millar, on the left, shakes hands on the deal with Alan Patterson of Greaves West & Ayre. Picture: Contributed

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Two long-established accountancy firms largely focused on East Lothian and the Borders have merged.

Greaves West & Ayre Chartered Accountants, based in Berwick‑upon‑Tweed, and Haddington-based N C Campbell & Co said the deal, keeping both offices, followed “extensive and positive discussions”.

The combined firm, comprising 11 partners and 104 staff, will be called Greaves West & Ayre (incorporating N C Campbell & Co).

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Greaves West & Ayre, which also focuses on clients in Northumberland, said a Scottish base would ensure “greater flexibility to serve its clients, supporting the ethos of being a business with a rich history but a sharp eye on the future and new opportunities”.

N C Campbell & Co partner Ewan Millar said the partnerships were “like-minded” in offering quality client care.

• Accounting firm Campbell Dallas is expanding in Ayrshire with the purchase of Kilmarnock firm W White & Co.

The deal – which is expected to boost turnover at Campbell Dallas by about £1 million – will see 14 staff transfer with immediate effect, including W White founder Bill White, who becomes a consultant.

White said: “It was very important to us that it would be ‘business as usual’ for our clients, many of whom we have served for 20 or more years, and Campbell Dallas shares the same ethos and focus on delivering quality advice.”

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