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Devizes accountants expands with help from ThinCats

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8 July 2024
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Devizes accountancy firm Charlton Baker has entered into a partnership with leading alternative finance provider ThinCats to support the group’s ambitious expansion plans. 

The partnership will help drive Charlton Baker’s buy and build strategy following a string of acquisitions in 2022. Funding has been provided to support initial purchases of Melksham-based A&N accountancy services and Trowbridge-based Innervision Accountancy Solutions and with commitment to back future acquisitions from the growing pipeline throughout the South West. 

Founded in 1984, Charlton Baker serves a diverse customer base across the South West.  

Managing Director, Scott Sartin, who joined the business in 1996, has spearheaded progress as Charlton Baker has continued to build on its strong reputation throughout the region, growing from a single office in Devizes. The last two years have been transformational for the business, with strong financial performance, office openings, and recognition as the FSB’s Best Larger Small Business of the year in the entire South West region. 

The acquisitions will bolster revenues for the group and add talent and complimentary services to support a combined client base, whilst allowing Charlton Baker to increase its presence and ultimately achieve growth via scale. A&N accountancy services, established in 2006 is well known throughout Wiltshire. Innervision has enjoyed good growth in recent years. There are also Bristol based acquisitions of well-established businesses on the horizon, which will provide a platform for growth in the city and surrounding areas.

Overseeing the integration of the new firms is recently recruited COO Victoria Greenard, who has a wealth of experience in successfully executing buy and build strategies. 

Victoria said: “We are delighted to welcome these fantastic businesses which will help cement our position as a leading firm in the region. There are distinct synergies between our firms with great people who not only bring new expertise but will fit the culture we have built here at Charlton Baker.” 

Charlton Baker was advised by Josh Jolowicz and James Cotton at CTCF. FDD for Thincats was conducted by Martin Athey at Translink Corporate Finance and legal support provided by Paddy Sturman at Irwin Mitchell. Client legal work was done by Ben Slack at Clarion.

Scott Sartin, MD, Charlton Baker, said: “I’m somebody who loves to build and create things. With Thincats as our partner, I’m now able to build and create something much bigger than I ever imagined. We’re a business on a mission to always lead the way in the accountancy world and be the most uniquely brilliant professional services business to work for. This new funding partnership marks an exciting new chapter for us, bringing more experts  into our culture and offering our services to even more amazing clients across the South West and beyond.” 

Ben Kimball, Director Business Development, ThinCats, added: “I’m delighted to be supporting Scott and the expert team at Charlton Baker. They have established a distinctive and attractive proposition which has all the ingredients to build on its tremendous success to date. This new partnership means they are well positioned to capitalise on opportunities in a highly fragmented market. Our funding is ideal to support fast growing businesses pursuing buy-and-build strategies like Charlton Baker, so we are thrilled to be playing our part in their exciting plans for the future.”


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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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