Cornish Accountancy Firms Expand Despite Talk of a Recession


A Cornish accountancy firm is not letting fears of a recession hold it back after expanding for the second time in as many years. Truro firm, MurphyGriffett has recently announced a merger with longstanding St.Austell practice, Eric Wills and Co taking the group of Partners to four.

(L-R) Jonathan Wood, Giles Bingley, Eric Wills and Paul Smith
(L-R) Jonathan Wood, Giles Bingley, Eric Wills and Paul Smith

The move followed an earlier merger between the Truro firm and Chartered accountant Giles Bingley from Grampound.

The new combined group will trade as Wills Bingley and all operations have moved into the Eric Wills offices on East Hill in St.Austell.

Commenting on the move, senior partner, Giles Bingley said,

“I strongly believe that our new practice, Wills Bingley, will be better placed to serve the interests of our wide client base which represents both traditional and new industries in Cornwall. Through our larger professional team we will have access to specialists boasting both the expertise and experience to handle any accounting situation.”

“The ongoing redevelopment of the St.Austell town centre makes the central location of the Eric Wills’ offices ideal for covering our clientbase, which covers the length and breadth of the county as well as a growing clientbase out of the county and in London.

The four partners in the firm are Giles Bingley, Eric Wills, Paul Smith and Jonathan Wood. Two are Chartered Accountants (FCA’s) and two are Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA’s). Each partner will lead a team of qualified and dedicated staff.

Both Giles Bingley and Jonathan Wood trained with large London firms and worked in senior roles outside the profession before returning to Cornwall.

Registered auditor, Wills Bingley is now well placed to handle all of the more complicated accountancy services relevant to more sizeable businesses in the region. The company represents a number of organisations with turnovers in excess of £25 million; as Eric Wills explains,

“Our bigger clients complement a large and growing base of small clients and sole traders on which our firm is based and which we are proud to serve.”

Eric Wills and Co has been trading for some 45 years.

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