Anderson Anderson & Brown arrive in capital

Published: 13 August 2018

The accountancy firm has opened a new office in Edinburgh, where it expects to create 100 jobs over the next three years. We spoke to managing partner Graeme Allan.

Your business in brief?

Anderson Anderson & Brown (AAB) is a chartered accountants and business advisory firm founded in 1990 by Bobby Anderson, Sheena Anderson & Mike Brown. We are headquartered in Aberdeen, with offices in Edinburgh and London, and a staff headcount of 265, including 19 partners and nine directors.

Edinburgh was the obvious choice for us as it is home to a number of significant, growing and ambitious businesses across some key sectors for our firm including food and drink, financial services, public sector and technology.

Graeme Allan, managing partner, Anderson Anderson and Brown

 

We also have dedicated wealth management and consulting businesses and work with businesses of all sizes as well as individual clients.

I took on the role of managing partner in 2015, during a period of significant growth for the firm. This has continued apace for the last few years, most recently with our move to Edinburgh, where we’ve opened a new office at One Lochrin Square.

With our roots in Aberdeen, the firm has a strategic plan in place to develop a much greater presence across Scotland as well as supporting an established and growing client base throughout the UK and internationally.

One Lochrin Square brings 64,000 sq ft of recently refurbished Grade A office space to Fountainbridge.

What makes Edinburgh an attractive market for you?

We have always worked with clients in the central belt and have been considering our market entry strategy for the last 12 months as part of our growth plan.

Edinburgh was the obvious choice for us as it is home to a number of significant, growing and ambitious businesses across some key sectors for our firm including food and drink, financial services, public sector and technology.

What presence will you have here? What jobs or roles will be created?

We plan to create 100 jobs in the capital over the next three years, with a quarter of those positions already filled.

The firm’s specialist tax, corporate finance, wealth management and consulting teams have led the charge with over 20 recruits including new key senior appointments.

These are Kevin Meaney (tax), Lyn Calder (corporate finance), Fraser Porter (wealth management), Bill Kane, Lesley Fordyce, Mark Bell, Alex Matthews and Brian Mooney (all consulting), along with Ricky Cowan, the firm’s new business development director.

This demonstrates the firm’s significant commitment to Edinburgh. Further moves include establishing a team to deliver outsourcing and cloud accounting services.

The Aberdeen-headquartered accountancy practice has ambitious plans to grow their business in Scotland.

What's the vision for your business?

AAB’s move to Edinburgh is pivotal to delivering the firm’s growth strategy of doubling revenues across the group to £40m in the next three years.

We look forward to capitalising on the numerous opportunities we will be actively pursuing, and establishing AAB as the go-to firm for accountancy and business advisory services in the central belt.

 

 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your business establish, relocate or expand within the city region, or would simply like more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, get in touch today.

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