Alnwick firm unveils cross-border merger

From left: Caroline Tice, Sheryl Macaulay, Darren Thomson, Andy Purves, Alan Drummond and Lesley Mark.
From left: Caroline Tice, Sheryl Macaulay, Darren Thomson, Andy Purves, Alan Drummond and Lesley Mark.

Alnwick-based chartered accountants’ firm Douglas Home & Co has continued to expand, after announcing a merger with Melrose-based Purves Chartered Accountants.

With other branches in Kelso, Hawick and Haddington, Douglas Home & Co is further cementing its reputation as one of the leading cross-border accountants.

As part of the merger, Douglas Home will now also operate from the existing Purves CA offices in Melrose. The seven members of staff will all be kept on to work under the new directorship and Andy Purves will take up the role of consultant to the firm.

Douglas Home & Co was established in 1983 and the practice has gone from strength to strength over the years, currently operating with five directors on the board.

Now with five branches, the company offers all aspects of accountancy and taxation services from compliance tax, bookkeeping to specialist tax planning and more recently, wills and estates, as well as many more services including IT support.

Sheryl Macaulay, director at Douglas Home & Co, said: “The two companies have a natural synergy in terms of their work ethics. It is very exciting to be joining forces with Purves CA.

“We have very similar working practices so we know the two businesses will merge well together. We operate both sides of the border and Melrose is one of the key areas where we are keen to progress the business.”

Mr Purves, director of Purves CA, said: “When the opportunity to join forces was put to me it was not a difficult decision thanks to the working relationship we have enjoyed with Douglas Home & Co over the last nine months.

“Douglas Home assisted the team last summer with minimum fuss and offered an excellent service, consequently extending well beyond tax, from which many clients directly or indirectly benefitted. The staff are positive about this.”