North accountant Goldwells buys two Moray finance firms
Get a digital copy of the Northern Scot delivered straight to your inbox every week
A NORTH accountancy firm has expanded with the acquisition of two Moray-based finance firms.
Goldwells, which now has eight offices across the north and north-east, has opened its first premises in Elgin. Local tax specialist Ewan Edwards will be at the helm.
Goldwells acquired Moray Tax Specialists and Chris Banks Bookkeeping after being acquainted with the firms over a number of years. Mr Edwards will lead the Elgin team based in Wards Road, while Mr Banks will shortly retire.
Mr Edwards has a strong reputation as a specialist in tax, having worked at HMRC for over 35 years. As a senior leader within HMRC, he led multi-discipline tax investigations across a huge range of businesses within the UK's small and medium enterprises sector. After working in HMRC’s large business unit for seven years, he was seconded to its policy division before returning to the SME sector and working in his preferred owner managed business environment.
Along with his wife, Moira, Mr Edwards has led Moray Tax Specialists for over three years, and has built up a varied client base in a relatively short space of time.
Mr Edwards said: "I am delighted to be joining the Goldwells team to be able to expand our service offering to clients in Moray and the Highlands.
"It has been a busy time for accountancy firms and tax specialists who have been helping clients with the government’s coronavirus business support schemes, and now as businesses look to take workers off furlough, we are able to offer advice to ensure businesses move forward in a positive and healthy financial position."
Gary Addison, managing director at Goldwells, said: "We have wanted to expand in Moray and Elgin in particular for a while now and so I am delighted to join with Ewan and Chris to bring a full financial service to the people and businesses in the area.
"Moray is an exciting and vibrant place with a variety of industries and companies large and small. Our expertise in supporting businesses across the north and north-east will enable us to serve the area well.
"I am particularly pleased to have Ewan on the team as his expertise in complex tax issues and investigation work in particular is impressive."
Goldwells has offices in Buckie, Elgin, Grantown-on-Spey, Inverness, Kingussie, Nairn, Peterhead and Tain.