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Byrom Clark Roberts Joins Smithers Purslow

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Chester-based consulting engineering and surveying firm, Byrom Clark Roberts (BCR), has been acquired by its southern and midlands-based counterpart, Smithers Purslow (SP), increasing staff numbers to over 100 working from 10 locations across the UK.

Andy Gooud

Eleven employees based at BCR’s office in Swan House, Russell Street, will now work alongside colleagues in Exeter, Glaston, Leeds, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Reading.

The buy-out, completed at the end of October, follows a period of phenomenal growth for SP. In five years turnover has grown by 25% per annum – from £1.7m in 2014 to £5.1m – and the firm’s directors are confident this acquisition will propel turnover to £8m in the next two years.

SP’s core business is handling complex insurance claims and solving challenging construction/ property issues and legal disputes; BCR works outside the insurance sector offering similar services, including expert witness support and architectural consultancy.

BCR director, Andy Gooud, comments: “Smithers Purslow is a growing multi-disciplinary company, similar to us, operating in comparable building consultancy fields and with shared values of technical excellence, professionalism and integrity. We bring to this newly-formed Group our expertise in architecture and forensic/expert witness work and our partnership will enable all engineers/surveyors to work across a broader range of clients, projects and disciplines.

“Bringing the companies together extends our services to clients across the country, strengthening the Group’s national presence and reach.”

The new board comprises SP directors Andrew Bussey and Stephen Fraser and BCR directors Paul Vipond, Andrew Gooud and Shona Penfold.

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