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PKF Francis Clark strengthens business recovery team in Bristol

Experienced licensed insolvency practitioner Mark Roach has joined PKF Francis Clark in Bristol, as the firm invests in expanding its business recovery team to help businesses through the recession.

The appointment of associate director Mark brings to five the number of insolvency practitioners at the South West’s largest independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers.

Supported by a strong team, they pride themselves on the rapid analysis of often complex and urgent circumstances and providing good quality advice with a focus on rescuing businesses, working with all stakeholders and avoiding formal insolvency where possible.

Mark has over 30 years of experience in dealing with businesses in financial difficulties, from larger mid-corporate entities to partnerships and sole traders in sectors including IT, manufacturing, professional practices, leisure, hospitality and care homes.

He previously worked at a large national accountancy practice and, more recently, a boutique restructuring firm, before taking a year out to fulfil a lifelong ambition of travelling the world.

“Having enjoyed working with some of the team here in the past, I felt that PKF Francis Clark’s ethos would be a good fit for me because what I enjoy about my job is helping people to secure the future of their businesses,” said Mark.

“I believe it’s important to invest time in supporting clients amid what is a very difficult economic climate, and that we can really add value with good advice.

“Going through a formal insolvency process can be a very emotional experience for a business owner, so I’ve always taken a holistic, hands-on approach to helping them through it. This way of working is one of the things that attracted me to PKF Francis Clark, along with the friendly culture and the value the firm puts on people’s work-life balance.”

PKF Francis Clark has also appointed Truro-based director Michael Hall, who has over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting and restructuring.

Lucinda Coleman, partner and head of business recovery at PKF Francis Clark, said: “Mark and Michael bring many years’ experience of acting to achieve the best possible outcomes for business owners, employees and creditors, so I’m delighted they have joined us.

“We’re investing in growing our team, with experts on the ground across the region, in order to help businesses through the difficult times ahead. With proactive advice, it’s often possible to secure the future of distressed businesses, so we always encourage directors to seek advice as early as possible if trading is deteriorating. The sooner you act, the more options you are likely to have.”

Established in 1919, PKF Francis Clark has nine offices throughout Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Bristol and Hampshire. The firm has 55 partners and over 800 members of staff, with annual revenue of £52 million.

Pictured: Mark Roach with Lucinda Coleman. Image by GRW Photography

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