Shaw Gibbs annual round-up

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Shaw Gibbs hosted their annual Christmas Drinks at The Divinity School, Oxford to thank their clients, suppliers, and referrers for the work they have done together over the year. They shared with them what they have achieved this year and their plans for the year ahead.

Shaw Gibbs started 2019 by merging with Pearson Buchholz, the two firms have gelled together, and this is allowing them to develop the sector expertise which their financial services department has a foothold on.

The appointment of James Painter as Head of Tax is important for the growth of Shaw Gibbs and they have already seen some significant gains with the level of tax advisory expertise James brings to the table. James will be working on the development of their tech sector offering whilst David Rickwood will continue with the property arm of our business.

The Shaw Gibbs team is now 96 people over two offices in Summertown, Oxford and Marylebone, London. Due to growth over the past year Shaw Gibbs will be moving their London office from Devonshire Street to Great Portland Street in March 2020.

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Key drivers for Shaw Gibbs continue to be clients with international interests, overseas owned companies setting up business in the UK and spin-outs in the local area. The inbound market has helped lead them to implement some structural changes and they have launched an Outsourcing division led by Sarah Gardener.

In addition to the growth Shaw Gibbs have seen over the past year, they have climbed 10 places in the UK’s top 100 accountancy practices and as they go into 2020 they expect to climb again. Not least because they are experiencing a shift in the market where SME/ OMB clients are choosing to move away from the Big 4/ Middle-tier auditors in favour of regional practices like Shaw Gibbs.