Latest joiners take this year’s new arrivals at PKF Francis Clark’s Bristol office into double figures

April 26, 2022

South West accountancy firm PKF Francis Clark’s Bristol office has appointed two new managers, taking its total of new recruits this year to 10 as it continues its rapid growth.

The office, which opened just over three years ago, now has a staffing of 46 following the latest arrivals – with the firm saying more will be joining soon. 

Among the new staff are Lucy Charles, a senior manager in the tax team, who was previously with from international law firm Charles Russell Speechlys, and Nathan Holland, a manager in the corporate finance team, who joins from EY.

Bristol office managing partner Paul Bray, pictured, who has worked in the city for more than 30 years, said: “The response from new and existing clients has been amazing since we opened and we’re truly grateful for the way businesses have embraced PKF Francis Clark as a genuine alternative to the big six accountancy firms.

“The firm already had an excellent reputation and a partner group with many years’ experience of working in the region, but the new office has really helped us raise our profile and grow our client base.”

He said existing relationships with banks, lawyers, other professionals and intermediaries had also helped the office win work through recommendations and referrals – despite staff not being able to get out and about as much as they would have liked over the past couple of years due to the pandemic. 

Alongside teams providing a full range of audit, tax and corporate finance services, the office on Victoria Street is home to the firm’s nationally renowned legal sector specialists, led by partner Andrew Allen, and professional sports services, headed by director Tamsin Tully.

Andrew said: “I’m delighted with the calibre of people joining us, attracted by our friendly culture, hybrid working and the opportunity to work with a diverse range of interesting clients.

“The breadth of skills and experience we have in our growing Bristol team means we can combine the expertise of a larger firm with the personal service of a smaller practice, offering our clients the best of both worlds.”

Paul Bray believes Bristol’s economy has remained buoyant despite the impact of Covid.

“On the whole, Bristol is bouncing back remarkably well after the disruption of the past two years,” he added.

“I initially feared the city would be left with vast amounts of empty office space due to the economic shock and hybrid working becoming the new norm.

“But here in Victoria Street we’re surrounded by new builds that are nearly all pre-let and will be fully utilised once complete. That says something about this great place.”

PKF Francis Clark has eight offices across the South West. It is a member of the PKF International network, which is made up of 220 independent accountancy firms in 150 countries.

Pictured below: PKF Francis Clark partner Andrew Allen, left, with new joiners Nathan Holland and Lucy Charles

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