Accountancy firm merges with group after 121 years of independence

Huddersfield-based chartered accountants, Sheards, has merged into the SMH Group, allowing the established firm to offer even more services to its clients.

The firm, now named SMH Sheards, continues to operate from its office in Huddersfield, with all the team remaining unchanged.

The Yorkshire and Derbyshire-based SMH Group boasts a suite of additional business and personal financial services, spanning accountancy, financial guidance, commercial finance, Wills & Probate, and mortgage advice, serving businesses and individuals across the region.

Carolyn Atkinson and Kevin Winterburn from Sheards said: “After 121 years of being an independent firm, we are happy to be strengthening our future and enhancing the services we can offer to our clients.

“We are looking forward to working with the SMH Group whilst retaining our high standard of service. We remain the friendly face of accountancy in the Huddersfield area.”

Jonathon Dickens, partner at the SMH Group, added: “We are thrilled to announce the merger of Sheards into the SMH Group, marking a significant milestone for both firms, and increasing the overall head count within the group to over 150 staff.

“This strategic alliance not only ensures long-term stability for the firm, but also offers a range of value-added services available to clients of Sheards.

“Furthermore, it enhances our expansion into West Yorkshire, as the SMH Group continues its aim of becoming the go to professional services firm in the region.”

CMP Legal and Ramsdens Solicitors provided guidance and expertise throughout the legal proceedings of the deal.

Emma Spragg of Ramsdens advised on the transaction on behalf of Sheards, and her colleague Gwen Sharp, partner, advised on all commercial property matters for the company.

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