BHP expands with Sheffield accounting merger

Yorkshire-based firm of chartered accountants, BHP has merged with Sheffield based GVT chartered accountants, which was prompted by the terminal illness of a key member of the team

Formerly known as Barber Harrison & Platt, BHP is ranked at 37 in Accountancy’s league table and now has more than 300 employees across five offices in Sheffield, Leeds, Cleckheaton, Chesterfield and York. It has been through a number of mergers in the past few years, most recently with Cleckheaton-based Clough & Co, creating a regional practice with revenues approaching £18m.

In the latest deal, GVT’s team will relocate from its Nether Edge office to BHP’s Rutland Park headquarters over the coming weeks. 

The move comes shortly after the death of Melanie Viner, GVT’s key relationship partner, following a battle with cancer. Viner, who joined the firm in 1991 went on to become its managing partner. Following her diagnosis, she became passionate about securing GVT’s future for its staff and clients and agreed to the completion of the merger shortly before she passed away in November.

Viner’s business partner Mark Goodband has retired from the partnership and after a short hand over period, will pursue other opportunities.

John Warner, managing partner at BHP said: ‘It was hugely important to Melanie that both GVT’s team and the firm’s client base would continue to thrive after her death. GVT has always had a strong, well-established team and a reputation for offering a high standard of service to its clients, which fits with BHP’s culture and customer centric approach. As a result, we were delighted to agree to this merger proposal.’

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