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New accountancy group formed as Duncan & Toplis gear for growth

Duncan & Toplis | 22 November 2023

Nilesh Shah, ex-CEO of leading accountancy firm Blick Rothenberg, is taking on the role of group chair for a new accountancy group.

Nilesh brings 30+ years of experience from the profession to help steer the overall strategy and priorities of the group which will bring together like-minded accountancy firms that share a people-centric culture and a commitment to excellent client service.

Adrian Reynolds, managing director of Duncan & Toplis, said:

“We’re thrilled to be the first business in the UK to form a platform in this exciting new accountancy group, as we focus on growing our organisation in the years to come, both organically and through carefully selected acquisitions.

Nilesh’s appointment to the role of group chair gives us access to guidance and insight from some of the best minds in the industry as we embark on delivering Duncan & Toplis’ accelerated growth strategy.”

As it expands, the new group will provide a platform for sharing expertise and resources, both for client-facing services and internal functions such as finance and technology. This will enable each firm to offer a wider range of services with a deeper skill set, while also providing greater opportunities for team members.

Nilesh Shah, Chair of the new accountancy group, said:

“I have a passion for building high-growth, people-centric businesses. By overseeing group strategic decisions and advising on who we partner with going forward, I will ensure everyone involved in this journey is working towards our collective ambition to create a leading people-driven accountancy group. I am very excited to kick off this journey with Duncan & Toplis as the first pillar of the group. They bring almost a century of experience in developing quality talent and providing excellent advisory services to clients.”

Adrian and Damon Brain, director at Duncan & Toplis who succeeds Adrian in April 2024, will sit with Nilesh Shah on the board of the group. Working alongside them will be Carl Harring, CEO of Blixt, and Hamza Virjee, director at Blixt.

Carl Harring, CEO at Blixt Group (“Blixt”) said:

“Establishing a strong and strategic group leadership team is a crucial step in the development of our accountancy group. Core to this group’s mission is to continue providing exciting growth opportunities for the talent in the businesses we partner with and ensuring we continue to push the boundaries of excellence in client service. Nilesh very much shares this mindset with Blixt and the group’s first platform business, Duncan & Toplis, and we are therefore very pleased to have him on board as group chair. Businesses joining this journey in the future will share this mindset too.”

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