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Bristol's Shaw and Co advises Myworkpapers on acquisition by Bright Software

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3 July 2024
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Bristol-based Shaw & Co has provided corporate finance advice to the shareholders of MyWorkpapers, a digital working papers solution for accountants and auditors, on its acquisition by Bright, a leading tax, accounting, finance and payroll software company with its UK office in Warwick

With offices in the UK and Australia, MyWorkpapers launched in 2009 as a flagship auditing application and has evolved into a full suite of specialised workpaper packs for all types of engagements undertaken by accountancy firms. Its award-winning software is designed to improve work efficiency and collaboration while ensuring compliance and workflow production.  

Since forming in 2021, Bright has established software for accountants, bookkeepers, SMEs and payroll bureaus across the UK and Ireland. The deal will bring together the technological might of the two brands as they work towards creating a more integrated suite of accounting software that is able to deliver an end-to-end service to their clients in a highly efficient and compliant manner.   

Jim Shaw, CEO & Founder, Shaw & Co, said: “This is an extremely important deal for the sector and the perfect outcome for all stakeholders. The combination and further integration of Bright and MyWorkpapers will quickly benefit all users by enhancing their digital workflow platform.” 

Rich Neal, Chief Executive Officer of MyWorkpapers, said: “Shaw & Co have been extremely supportive in our acquisition by Bright and have helped us to deliver a deal that looks set to offer a wide range of benefits to our mutual clients and the wider accountancy market.

“By joining forces with Bright we are expanding and enhancing our integrated, cloud-native accounting solution to cater to all types of engagements. This new partnership strengthens our core capabilities, significantly enhancing the daily operations of accounting firms in the UK and Ireland. 

“We believe that this synergy will offer our customers a broader selection of software solutions – empowering them to deliver enhanced value to their own clients.”


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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