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Accountancy firm Ballards acquires leading design agency

27 March 2023
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Ballards LLP, the Droitwich- based firm of chartered accountants, has announced the acquisition of CreativeFolks Ltd, a well-established creative design agency based in Northampton.

The move comes as Ballards LLP seeks to expand its service offerings and provide clients with a more comprehensive suite of services.

With this new acquisition, Ballards LLP can now offer brand, digital design, web and social media solutions alongside its existing accountancy and business advisory services.

CreativeFolks has worked with a range of clients including Disney, Harley-Davidson and the NHS, but also offers services for owner managed businesses and start-ups.

CreativeFolks will sit alongside Ballards LLP’s other secondary business units which include recruitment, delivered via Four Squared Recruitment Ltd, wealth management through Ballards FS Ltd, and the firm’s IT & Digital Transformation consultancy.

The acquisition of CreativeFolks is part of the firm's wider strategy to expand its service offerings and provide clients with a broader range of services relevant to wherever they may be on their business life cycle.

The move also reflects the changing needs of clients, who are increasingly looking for a more holistic approach to their business needs.

James Syree (right), Chief Executive at Ballards LLP said, "We are thrilled to welcome CreativeFolks to the Ballards LLP family. Although providing accountancy and taxation services will remain our primary focus, we are confident that the addition of creative design services will help us to better meet the evolving needs of our clients and deliver even greater value to them."

Jon Clough (left), Managing Director at CreativeFolks said, “There are great synergies between the two businesses and we are very excited by the recent development. I think it shows our commitment to providing the best possible service to clients, and our willingness to evolve and adapt to meet their changing needs.”

Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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