MAS sponsor expands UK footprint with new merger

Made News

Manufacturing Advisory Service sponsor Baldwins has extended its national footprint with a key new merger.

The Walsall-registered firm, one of the UK’s fastest growing business advisory groups, has joined forces with Wilkins Kennedy in a move that sees it expand into the South East for the first time.

Wilkins Kennedy LLP is a UK top 20 business service firm which has an offices in and around London which contributes to a collective annual turnover in excess of £54m with 700 employees.

Wilkins Kennedy, which was originally founded in 1882, will continue to trade under its own name. After joining Baldwins, the office will continue to serve its local market including SMEs and owner-managed businesses, as well as operating its specialist teams across sectors including not-for-profit, financial markets, insurance, property and construction, professional services and public sector.

Baldwins is part of the CogitalGroup – an international business services group with annual revenues of £480m, employing around 6,000 people across 170 offices.

William Payne, partner at Wilkins Kennedy believes the move will act as a catalyst for further growth.

He said: “For our clients, it will be a case of business as usual although working with Baldwins provides us with a powerful platform to further support our clients with additional expertise. When our clients look to us for help, we will be able to provide exceptional advice tailored to their individual needs.

“We have a shared vision with Baldwins on the high quality of service we can provide our clients across accounting and broader business services, we will complement their presence across the rest of the UK.”

The addition of Wilkins Kennedy forms part of Baldwins’ strategic expansion plan which, under the guidance of its founder John Baldwin, has seen the firm grow to 82 offices across England, Wales and Scotland.

John said: “Wilkins Kennedy has built up a solid reputation in the busiest business region across a plethora of sectors, just like Baldwins has done in other areas of the UK, and we look forward to working together to further expand the business further.”