Acquisitive accountancy adds another firm to growing portfolio

Shaun Knight, Chris Moore, Richard Tonks, Kim Richards

Accounting and financial advisory firm BK Plus has acquired an Aldridge insolvency boutique, K J Watkin & Co.

First established 34 years ago and led by Chris Moore, K J Watkin & Co joins BK Plus’ 300 plus staff and portfolio of now 16 offices.

Walsall-headquartered BK Plus was created by David Baldwin and Shaun Knight in early 2021 and was backed by Palatine Private Equity last September. The deal continues an acquisitive spree for the firm that has seen it expand into Cornwall after it agreed a deal to buy Atkins Ferrie.

BK Plus has also recently entered the South West when it Cheltenham firm Andorran.

Chris Moore, Principal at K J Watkin & Co said: “This partnership represents a new chapter for us, one that will allow us to continue serving our clients with the same dedication and professionalism that they have come to expect, whilst also providing access to additional resources and expertise. We share a common client-driven culture and I am excited about the opportunities that this brings to our team and to our clients. I look forward to the journey ahead”

Richard Tonks, head of banking and restructuring and partner said: “Kim and I are delighted that Chris and his team will be joining forces with our team at BK Plus. We share common interests in providing professional advisory and assistance to those who are experiencing financial difficulties. We are excited about the opportunities this brings to further enhance our services and support to both businesses and individuals in navigating financial challenges effectively.”

Shaun Knight, CEO of BK Plus said: The merger of these two teams makes us one of the largest independent players in the region. It underscores our commitment to continued growth and our dedication to providing exceptional service to our clients”.