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PKF Francis Clark celebrates five years of growth in Bristol

We’re celebrating the fifth birthday of our Bristol office, as PKF Francis Clark continues to grow in the city.

The office in Victoria Street is now home to a team of 75 accountants and tax advisors, having grown steadily since the Covid pandemic through a mix of experienced hires and trainee recruits.

Paul Bray, partner and head of PKF Francis Clark’s Bristol office, said: “I’m extremely proud of the team we’ve built here, not just in our core services of accounts, audit and tax but across a range of specialisms, from deals and restructuring to professional practices. We have all the expertise here in Bristol to deliver a full-service offering to our clients.

“We knew there was an opportunity for a firm of PKF Francis Clark’s size and expertise within this market, serving both owner-managed businesses and larger corporate clients. As our reputation has grown, it’s amazing how many clients are coming to us or being referred by fellow professionals. It’s also great to see graduate trainees who have joined us progressing through the ranks to become assistant managers and managers.

“Having firmly established ourselves over the past five years and laid solid foundations for continued growth, I think there’s no limit to what we can achieve here.”

From left: Partners Paul Bray, Stuart Rogers, Jonathan Riley, Nicola Manclark and Andrew Allen at PKF Francis Clark’s Bristol office (Photo: Dave Pratt)

Leading the team in Bristol alongside Paul are partners Stuart Rogers, Nicola Manclark, Paul Putnam, Rob Whitehead, Andrew Allen and Jonathan Riley, who recently joined the firm. Colleagues enjoy regular social activities as well as volunteering days and fundraising for their office charity of the year, Gympanzees.

We look forward to continuing to recruit experienced hires and new trainees.

Paul added: “I started my career in Bristol in 1980 and have worked most of my 40-plus years in tax and accounts within this square half-mile. It’s a thriving city with a vibrant business community. Many of my clients have grown over the years and I’m now advising the second, third or fourth generation business owners.

“I was attracted to PKF Francis Clark because I could see the firm is a true partnership. We work closely as a partner group across all our offices and everyone has their say in running our business – it’s like a big family.

“Five years ago when we opened our Bristol office, there were three of us here on the first day. Despite the disruption of the pandemic, we’ve gone from a standing start to a team of 75 people, and we look forward to continuing to recruit experienced hires and new trainees to meet the demand we are seeing.”

Find out more about PKF Francis Clark’s Bristol office.

FEATURING: Jonathan Riley
Jonathan is a corporate tax partner, based predominantly in Bristol, whilst also spending time in Exeter. He focuses on mid-sized and larger corporate entities, many… read more
FEATURING: Nicola Manclark
Nicola Manclark is a partner in our tax advisory team, based in the Bristol office. Nicola works with a wide range of clients to advise… read more
Paul is a business services partner working across our Bristol and Taunton offices having joined PKF Francis Clark in June 2019 after 22 years with… read more
FEATURING: Stuart Rogers
Stuart is a corporate tax partner who specialises in advising fast growing and complex corporate entities, heading up the innovation and technology tax services group… read more
FEATURING: Andrew Allen
Andrew leads the firm’s specialist national legal sector team and personally advises in the region of 100 law firms across the UK; focusing primarily on… read more
FEATURING: Paul Putnam
Paul is an audit partner, leading the audit practice in our Bristol office. His focus is on looking after entrepreneurial owner-managed and private equity backed… read more
FEATURING: Rob Whitehead
Rob Whitehead is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and Partner in our Bristol and Taunton team. Rob is a specialist… read more
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