Full speed ahead for Johnston Carmichael

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Stirling, one of Scotland’s oldest towns and newest cities, has become the eleventh office site for accountants Johnston Carmichael at the town’s Agricultural Centre.

The accountancy firm, which is among the top 25 UK accounting firms with 45 partners and more than 400 staff, is already located in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Elgin, Forfar, Fraserburgh, Glasgow, Huntly, Inverness, Inverurie, and Perth.

Aberdeen-based chief executive Sandy Manson said he still sees “Scotland hosting lots of opportunities for progressive strategies and opportunities for organic growth, as well as mergers or indeed opening new offices.”

The firm's specialist farming team is headed by partner Robin Dandie, and acts for more than 1,500 farmers across Scotland, offering specialist expertise in sectors that include agriculture, rural property, energy services, fishing, food, food processing and hospitality.

In keeping with the firm’s continuing expansion plans, the opening of the Stirling office follows its recent acquisition of financial services firm GW Winton and Co in Perth.

This is in sharp contrast to south of the border, where fast-growing Top 20 firm Target Chartered Accountants went into administration towards the end of last year.

Asked if he was not slightly ‘spooked’ by Target calling in liquidators or the shares slump of consolidator RSM Tenon, Manson joked, “The time to have been spooked for leaders of the profession was back in 2008!”

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