Local accountancy firms 
delighted to announce merger

Chartered Accountants Douglas Home & Co is delighted to announce the details of a merger with Melrose-based Purves Chartered Accountants (Purves CA), as of May 1.

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

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 and bookkeeping to specialist tax planning and, more recently, wills and estates, as well as many more services, including IT support.

“The two companies have a natural synergy in terms of their work ethics,” as Sheryl Macaulay, director at Douglas Home & Co, explained.

“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, explained the decision to merge: “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 them over the last nine months.

“Douglas Home stepped in to assist the team last summer with minimum fuss and offered an excellent service, consequently extending well beyond tax, from which many clients directly or indirectly benefited.”

Mr Purves was keen to make it clear to present clients of Purves CA that the services they enjoyed would not change.

He said: “Most importantly for all the clients the Purves CA team will stay intact, with business as normal in Melrose – same people, same office, same price, but with the support of additional resources and expertise.

“The staff here are all very positive about the move, and the benefits it will bring.”

For more information on the services they offer please contact Sheryl Macaulay or Caroline Tice on 01573 225082 or email mail@dhco.co.uk