Bishop Fleming growth plans

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Matthew Lee and Jerry O'Sullivan

South west accountancy firm Bishop Fleming has outlined ambitious growth plans to its staff.

In recent years, Bishop Fleming has doubled its turnover to £11 million, and recently announced the appointment of Jerry O’Sullivan to replace retiring chief executive, Brian Payne.

Meeting at Dillington House, near Illminster in Somerset, the 18 partners and 183 staff at Bishop Fleming heard from O’Sullivan and managing partner, Matthew Lee, that the firm’s five-year business plan aims at growing turnover to £15 million, including acquisitions of other accountancy firms in the south west.

“Our business plan remains very clearly focused on the south west: we have decided against opening or acquiring offices outside this region,” said O’Sullivan.

“That plan also remains focused on the strategy that has seen us double in size over recent years, including our dedication to championing this region’s owner-managed businesses and applying specialist skills to such key sectors as tourism & leisure, care-homes, and charities,” he added.

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