Accountancy and law firm Optimum Professional Services has taken over a second practice in Gloucestershire in as many months.
Stroud-based Chris Mattos Tax is being absorbed by Optimum, whose headquarters are in Swindon and who last month opened an additional office in Cheltenham.
Founder Chris Mattos is passing on his business as he is seeking to step back to pursue other interests. Two members of his team are joining Optimum.
Rob Stokes, Audit and Accounts Director at Optimum said: “We are very excited to be taking over Chris’s business and looking forward to working with his clients, whether they need our help with accountancy, or legal services or – as is increasingly the case – both.
“This acquisition, following closely on from opening our new office in Cheltenham.”
Both Rob and Optimum’s Assurance & Accounts Manager Hannah Matthews have previously worked in Gloucestershire and have a large client base in the county. Prior to joining Optimum, Accounts Director Michael Blaken was based in Stroud and also has an established group of clients and contacts in the area.
Michael added: “We are delighted that Chris chose to entrust Optimum with the business he has grown so successfully. We felt it was a very good fit for us, as we share a similar ethos and values, and the added bonus for Chris’s clients is that they will now have easy access to our legal division as we strive to provide a seamless service. We would like to wish Chris all the best with his plans for the future.”
Chris said having to work from home during 2020, and finding he could still deliver a quality service to his clients, made him realise that having a local, Gloucestershire based firm take over his business was less important than the quality of the firm.
“What was more important was that the new firm’s team were similar to ours, that their ethos was similar to ours and that they had the capability to deal with the growing diversity of clients that we have welcomed. In Optimum we believe we have found this fit,” said Chris.
“We didn’t want to find just a safe pair of hands for clients to move to, we wanted accountants who listen to the issues our clients need help with in their business life, personal life and family life and to match their services to suit clients’ needs.”
Chris is not retiring altogether. He remains Head of Group Finance for the i6 Group, but also plans to spend more time with his children and on his two great loves of cycling and chess.