A new type of enterprise aimed at providing a range of services to businesses and individuals is being created through the merger of two established Swindon companies.
Accountancy practice Regulatory Accounting is merging with long-standing law firm Hoffman Briggs to form Optimum Professional Services.
Initially, Optimum will be offering accountancy services – including taxation, accountancy, auditing, business planning, payroll and bookkeeping - plus the specialist area of law championed by Hoffman Briggs, which is conveyancing, wills and probate.
But Richard Mathews, managing director of Regulatory Accounting and CEO of Optimum, plans to introduce a wider range of services to help people in their business and personal life.
“We are really breaking the mould with Optimum and bringing professional services into the 21st Century,” said Richard. “People want ease and convenience, combined with expert advice and help from professionals who talk their language.
“We’re starting with accountancy and law and plan to bring in other services so people can access a range of support all under the one roof; professional services support which will help them in their business, family and personal life.”
Also on Optimum’s Board will be Hoffman Briggs’ MD Mary Hoffman, who will become director of legal services.
Mary said she was excited at the opportunity offered through Optimum. As well as specialising in conveyancing, wills and probate, there are plans to extend the areas of law covered.
“This is really good news for individuals and businesses in Swindon and the surrounding area,” said Mary. “Optimum is a new type of firm, which is a far cry from the traditional high street practices and we believe it offers a better and more convenient alternative for people.”
Optimum will be based in Regus, Windmill Hill, which is already the headquarters of Hoffman Briggs. All staff, from both businesses, are transferring to Optimum and there are plans to grow the team as more services are added.
Richard added: “We have informed clients from both businesses about our plans and they have been very positive. Key to the success of Optimum is the quality of the companies – Regulatory Accounting and Hoffman Briggs – which will form it.
“The two firms already offer an excellent and highly expert service to clients. Under Optimum it will be the same great team, but now we will have the chance to offer a bigger range of services to help our clients in their business life and in their personal life.”