A stream of new client wins, coupled with its recent merger with West Midlands accountants Clement Keys, has made it an exciting first quarter of 2016 for the pensions audit team at PKF Cooper Parry. After merging with the established Birmingham-based practice at the turn of the year, the team has doubled in size and now comprises of 16 experience sector specialists with a broad range skills and expertise.

In the first two months of 2016 alone, the team has secured a number of new high profile clients. Merging the skills and talents of the two pension teams has enabled PKF Cooper Parry to enhance its service offering across a number of core areas and broaden its reach across the Midlands. The combined pensions team now acts for over 200 pension schemes across the UK and has built successful working relationships with many professional firms in the sector.

In addition, PKF Cooper Parry is one of only six firms in the UK to be members of the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF) Audit Services Panel and the only firm in the East Midlands to have a place on the panel. Specialists in the preparation and audit of pension scheme accounts, their technical knowledge on pensions auditing and understanding of the specific requirements of The Pensions Regulator, The Financial Assistance Scheme and The Pensions Protection Fund is second to none.

The pensions team is currently running a series of events aimed at assisting pension scheme administrators and Trustees with the recent changes to pension accounting under FRS102 and the new pensions SORP.

Commenting on the growth of the pensions audit team, Paul Rowley, Partner, who leads the pension team, said:

“We’re delighted with our growth since the merger at the beginning of January. Over the years we’ve established a reputation for excellence and pride ourselves on building sustainable relationships with our clients.

“The new team members who have joined us from Clement Keys have a huge amount of sector experience and expertise, which is set to benefit new and existing clients.”

PKF Cooper Parry is one of the largest independent firms of business advisers in the Midlands with an enviable track record of helping local businesses and private clients in the UK and internationally.

The recent merger with Clement Keys has created a £30m turnover group with a 350 strong workforce spanning the East and West Midlands.

It is the fastest growing top 100 accountancy and business advisory firm in the UK. Its aim is to double turnover in the next two years, with the creation of up to 100 new jobs.