Azets boosts corporate finance team with director appointment

Azets, a top ten UK accounting, tax and business advisory firm and the largest regional professional services firm for SMEs across Europe, has today announced the appointment of David Simmons. David joins as a director in the North West corporate finance team.

David Simmons is a chartered accountant who has specialised in corporate finance work for over 20 years, advising the owners and directors of a wide range of private and listed companies operating in a variety of different sectors on sale, merger, acquisition and fundraising activity. 

The appointment will enhance Azets’ corporate finance capabilities in the North West as it looks to grow its team after a record start to 2021. In the last year, Azets has advised on 12 deals  in the region including advising the family owners of The Wateredge Inn on its sale to The Inn Collection Group,  the shareholders of P R Expoxy Systems Limited on its sale to Vebro Polymers Group, the shareholders of housebuilder Russell Armer on its sale to Genesis Homes and and the sale of Cheshire-based Isotopx to Techcomp Europe. 

Rob Richardson, head of corporate finance at Azets in the North West said: “We are thrilled to welcome David to Azets. He is a highly experienced advisor with an outstanding reputation. His appointment is a tremendous reflection on the growing reputation of Azets and its corporate finance business and puts a marker in the ground as we continue to grow and expand our regional capability. Our approach is all about working alongside our colleagues from across the practice to provide full service support to clients throughout their growth journey, helping them fulfil their ambitions and  ultimately exit.”

David Simmons commented: “I am excited to be joining Azets and to be part of the largest regional professional services firm for SMEs across Europe.  I have worked with SMEs providing corporate finance advice on raising finance, as well as buying and selling companies for over 20 years and I look forward to using my experience to assist SMEs as we come out of the COVID pandemic as part of the Azets team.” 

Last month Azets in the North West announced ambitious plans to grow within the next 5 years by increasing revenue by more than double by a combination of organic growth and compatible acquisitions creating around 100 additional, new jobs and taking  turnover to around £45m. David’s appointment also coincides with the announcement of over 30 promotions in the region for Azets.

Rob Richardson added: “There has never been a better time to think about joining Azets as we look to capitalise on growth to date and accelerate the next phase of development. We are actively looking to add talented people to our team in the North West at all levels, from school leavers to partners and everything in between. The region is booming thanks in part to high profile investments and it’s a great time to join a growing firm with ambitious plans.”

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