Azets celebrates year in Poole with strong growth

ON THE UP: Azets’ Poole Office Managing Partner Warren Munson has overseen strong growth in the past 12 months since his previous firm Inspire was acquired by the top 10 accountancy firm last March

The Poole office of Azets is posting 12 to 15 per cent annual growth as it celebrates one year of being part of the top 10 accountancy firm.

The long-established independent business Inspire was acquired by Azets in March 2022 as part of strategic growth plans across the UK.

Since then it has gone from strength to strength with extra roles created as organic growth has taken the total staff to 40 to serve 1,000-plus client across Bournemouth, Poole and the wider Dorset and Solent region.

Backed by the might of the Azets’ organisation, there are now ambitious plans which could see the office potentially double in size.

The Commercial Road base is headed by Office Managing Partner Warren Munson who is supported by Partners Andrew Singleton and Chris Downing.

Last month three new associate directors and two new managers were named as business demand continues to grow at the office.

Warren, who founded his previous firm in 2004, said the acquisition by Azets had added greater access to resources, experts and technology, as well as the umbrella of support of a brand.

He said: “The fact that we are now posting annual growth figures of between 12 per cent and 15 per cent year on year, outpacing inflation, vindicates our decision to become part of the Azets family.

“It has been a smooth integration across 12 months. The message from Azets at the very start was ‘business as usual’ and that is what it has continued to be. We now have the confidence to step forward and take on new work.

“Azets has given us the freedom to develop, to invest in our people. We have seen it with the team – we have had recent multiple promotions and six new hires in 12 months  – and colleagues can now see a more accessible path to personal growth.”

Warren added: “We have a good pipeline of talent and the risk for us previously was that we would lose these great people if we did not give them growth opportunity – we had to break through that independent firm ceiling to do this.

“There is opportunity to potentially double this office in size from where it is today. We now have the expertise and resource to enable us to grow. It’s a case of taking the strong foundations and making the most of them in the years ahead.”

Warren said growth areas had been audit work, as well as tax advisory and business advisory work, with target clients being ambitious, owner-managed entrepreneurial businesses.

Clients had remained supportive with no attrition in the client base and new work added. The fee structure remained unchanged.

He added: “There has been a particularly positive and proactive approach from Azets which has enabled us to grow. There is alignment over desires, wants, values – that is why it has succeeded.

“Our reenergised team is flourishing with fewer constraints and there are opportunities for all to strive, thrive and prosper. We are now more able than ever to provide the full service and expertise our valued clients demand.”

Azets, the UK’s largest regional accountancy and specialist business advisor to SMEs, has a second Dorset office in Blandford, after medical accounting firm Sandisons was acquired last September.