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Finance firms merge for Chester launch

TWO firms have celebrated the launch of their new, merged business.

Accountants and business adviser Mitchell Charlesworth has joined forces with North West-based corporate financier Vanguard.

The new company – MC Vanguard Corporate Finance – has already started operating.

Vanguard’s four-strong team will work across Mitchell Charlesworth’s, offices including its base in Chester.

Founder Brian McCann will join as a partner, together with corporate finance managers Robin Gower and Jean Hughes and assistant Duncan McCann.

MC chairman Clive Plummer said the merger reflected the firm’s commitment to offer the complete finance solution to Cheshire and North Wales SMEs.

“This is a hugely exciting new venture which will thrust Mitchell Charlesworth further into the corporate finance market in North Wales, Cheshire and the wider North West,” he said.

“Brian and the Vanguard team are bringing a wealth of contacts and a huge amount of experience and expertise to Mitchell Charlesworth and we are already working on a number of exciting deals together.

“The breadth and depth of our services for the SME market is now even more formidable and comprehensive.”

MC Vanguard Corporate Finance partner Brian McCann said the new venture is ‘a fusion of expertise’.

“This merger is about bringing talent, skills and contacts together to create one of the best corporate finance firms in the region,” he added.

“Our core offering will remain acquisition search, exit planning and deal management services.

“However, we are confident we can now reach a wider range of businesses, just at the time when we believe the market for mid-sized transactions in the North West is showing signs of a strong recovery.”