Cessnock-based accounting practice, Keirs Carr Chartered Accountants and Maitland firm, Gascoigne Consulting have joined forces to form Anova Chartered Accountants.
Keirs Carr was formed in 1980 by Stephen Keirs, with James Carr joining as Partner in 2011. Its loyal client base has grown over this time to become one of the largest practices in the Cessnock area.
Amanda Gascoigne launched her own practice, Gascoigne Consulting in 1999, and was joined by her brother, Ryan Threlfo, who was made Partner in 2013. Gascoigne Consulting has operated from its current Green Hills location from 2006 and in 2014 was awarded Business Services of the Year Award in the Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards.
Both practices specialise in small to medium sized business advisory in addition to individual taxation services.
A dedicated self-managed superannuation team including an audit arm will also form part of the service offering of the merged businesses.
Stephen and James from Keirs Carr Chartered Accountants said that the two businesses shared a lot of similarities in the way they practiced.
“We pride our business on providing honest, reliable advice and quality customer service and early on in our discussions with Ryan and Amanda, it became clearly apparent of these shared values,” said Stephen.
“Anova is Latin for new and symbolises the exciting partnership we have formed with Gascoigne Consulting”, said James.
For Ryan from Gascoigne Consulting, the merger was all about enhancing the quality of service for customers.
“Joining forces with Keirs Carr enhances our experience and expertise, enabling us to better serve our clients and continue our growth and progression as a practice,” Ryan said.
“Merging our practices will also provide further opportunities to our staff as they progress in their careers, which is critical to our ongoing success and the services we provide.”
As part of the merger, Stephen’s son Peter Keirs will be promoted from Senior Accountant to partner.
The Cessnock and Green Hills locations will be maintained under the Anova Chartered Accountants, with a satellite office in Wickham opened from July.
IMAGE | The Anova Chartered Accountants executive team.