Midlands accountants merge

Photo shows: David Minet, Harben Barker, Liz Cottrill and Lucas Markou, Jerroms, Jane Barnett and Paul Stanford, Harben Barker

Solihull and Bromsgrove-based accountants and business advisers Jerroms has merged with Harben Barker.

With offices in Solihull and Coleshill, the long-standing firm of Chartered Accountants,Harben Barker provides accounting and taxation services to individuals and businesses across the West Midlands.

The transaction, which was led by lawyers Hawkins Hatton and Higgs and Sons, follows significant growth to the Jerroms group last year with the incorporation of additional service lines, including corporate finance, wealth management, investment planning and raising finance.

Jerroms Director Lucas Markou said: “This move forms part of a wider strategic business decision for us to further expand our reach across the Midlands, gaining an additional office in Coleshill to run alongside our existing Solihull and Bromsgrove locations.”

As part of the deal, staff at Harben Barker’s Solihull office will be relocating to join the Jerroms headquarters on Blythe Valley Park, bringing the total number of staff across the group and their three office locations to more than 120.

Former directors of Harben Barker David Minett, Jane Barnett and Paul Stanford will be remaining with the business as consultants. All three will continue working between offices as required, with David and Paul primarily based at Blythe Valley Park and Jane in Coleshill.

David Minett said “Joining Jerroms is a natural fit for us as in many respects they are an extension of our existing service offering, with additional opportunities for our clients to benefit from the full array of financial services available from the wider Jerroms group.

“We are pleased to be making this move at a time when we want to provide our clients with the highest level of support. As both businesses share the same core values and commitment to client service, we are very much looking forward to joining the Jerroms family and working with them towards the future success of the business.”

Lucas Markou said: “After an incredibly difficult and challenging year, we are delighted to welcome David, Jane, Paul and the rest of the team as we invigorate our efforts to support businesses and individuals through this critical time and work closely with our clients to accelerate their business growth.”

Jerroms is a leading accountancy and business advisory practice in the West Midlands and Worcestershire regions with headquarters in Solihull. With global reach through their membership with Russell Bedford International, the practice provides expertise in the key areas of corporate finance, tax planning, cash