The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Ayr accountancy firm Sinclair Scott joins Campbell Dallas

Ayr-based Sinclair Scott, a long-established independent accountancy firm stretching back more than 100 years, has joined Campbell Dallas.


[Pictured L-R: Chris Horne, Managing Partner at Campbell Dallas; 
Andrew Sinclair and Stephen Wilkie, Partners at Sinclair Scott.]

The deal will see all 20 staff and 2 Partners transfer to Campbell Dallas, and add around £1.3m of fee income per annum. Campbell Dallas acquired Kilmarnock-based White & Co in October 2016, and is now one of the largest full-service accountancy firms in Ayrshire with a staff and Partner complement of 38.

The deal with Sinclair Scott is Campbell Dallas’ first following the merger with Baldwins in October 2017, when the firm announced plans to drive growth in Scotland by a combination of acquisitions and organic expansion.

Sinclair Scott provides a broad range of accountancy, advisory, tax and compliance services to a mix of owner managed businesses, community enterprises, entrepreneurs, and private individuals. The firm has a strong client base in the charities, rural, farming and healthcare sectors.

Chris Horne, managing partner of Campbell Dallas said the acquisition was an exciting move for both firms: “Sinclair Scott is a highly respected local firm with a long history of advising businesses and private clients, and we are delighted to welcome them to Campbell Dallas. The deal provides us with further scale and reach to expand our client base throughout Ayrshire and the South West of Scotland, as well as building on our sectoral expertise within the medical, dental and rural sectors. It also provides our staff access to rewarding career opportunities across our growing business.

Andrew Sinclair, Partner at Sinclair Scott added: “Joining Campbell Dallas presents an exciting opportunity for our clients as we can now offer a full range of advisory services together with access to specialist technical knowledge in areas such as international tax, VAT, corporate finance, banking and re-structuring. The move will also enable significant investment in IT, providing clients with access to the latest online portals and platforms that comply with HMRC’s focus on ‘Making Tax Digital’. It will remain ‘business as usual’ for our clients, many of whom have been with Sinclair Scott for several decades, but we can now offer them access to the resources of one of Scotland’s most ambitious accountancy firms.”

Campbell Dallas is one of Scotland’s largest local accountancy firms, with over 300 partners and staff working from offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Perth, Stirling, and Kilmarnock. Services cover audit and assurance, business and banking advisory, tax compliance and consulting, VAT, business recovery, insolvency and corporate finance. Industry expertise includes Family Businesses, Rural, Healthcare, Food and Drink, Brewing and Distilling, Construction and Professional Services. In October 2017 Campbell Dallas became part of the CogitalGroup, an international business services group through a merger with Baldwins, which included Springfords in Edinburgh.

Sinclair Scott is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

HALO Scotland partners with Onecom to connect Kilmarnock development to the world

The HALO Scotland Kilmarnock urban regeneration project has teamed up with Onecom, the UK’s leading independent provider of business-to-business telecommunications, in a partnership that will ensure the HALO development is among the most connected in the country when it opens its doors in 2020.


As part of the innovative agreement, Onecom, one of the fastest growing telecoms companies in the UK, will use its Belfast office to establish its Scottish operational and sales hub within The HALO’s Enterprise & Innovation Centre.

The HALO Scotland Kilmarnock is one of four HALO developments planned for the UK. Onecom’s office in Belfast, which is a proposed city for a future HALO, will play a key role in delivering the telecoms to all of these developments, managing all future HALO projects and servicing the needs of all tenants on a national scale.

In addition, Onecom will:

Encourage and enable everyone within The HALO development to access the latest telecommunication technologies, empowering entrepreneurs to realise their full potential

Provide leading-edge products, services and support to ensure that The HALO has state of the art telecommunications and broadband connectivity

* Provide business and domestic telecommunications services to companies and homes located within The HALO

Partner with East Ayrshire schools, Ayrshire College, University of West of Scotland and other educational establishments to enhance the employability of young people by providing specialist technical input to student learning and practical skills development.


[Pictured: Marie Macklin, Founder and Executive Chair of the 
HALO Group, and Paul Lawther, Head of Onecom Northern Ireland.]

Marie Macklin, Founder and Executive Chair of The HALO Group, said: “Onecom has demonstrated amazing enthusiasm and energy in their approach to this partnership, and I am confident that with them on board The HALO Scotland will be the most connected development in the country.  Onecom is the leading innovative telecommunications company in Northern Ireland and their support has been crucial in also establishing a base in Belfast for HALO. This partnership demonstrates the benefits of our multi-site approach to developing The HALO concept.”

Gary Deans, Enterprise Director for The HALO Scotland, said: “Telecommunications has never been more important than it is in the 21st century. and the sector is developing rapidly, at the centre of the fourth industrial revolution, the digital revolution. I am confident that through this partnership with Onecom we can ensure that The HALO and everyone located within the development have access to the latest telecommunications products and services.”

Darren Ridge, Chief Executive Officer of Onecom said: “To describe The HALO Scotland as ‘exciting’ is very much an understatement. Regeneration projects such as these are bold, brave and very necessary in these straitened times; Onecom is proud and privileged to contribute both its technology knowhow and business expertise.”


[Pictured: Marie Macklin, Founder and Executive Chair of the 
HALO Group, and Paul Lawther, Head of Onecom Northern Ireland.]

The HALO Kilmarnock is an inspired and imaginative brown-field regeneration initiative located on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. It is being shaped as a multi-faceted development that will create a unique urban park with dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, and leisure opportunities and lifestyle quarter. The development will also include a light manufacturing facility and private rental accommodation for key workers.

The development is one of four HALO projects planned for the UK that are being seen as catalysts for urban regeneration. The next HALO project is proposed for Belfast, with Wales and the North West of England to follow. It is envisaged that The HALO Scotland will connect through road and rail infrastructure directly to the Northern Powerhouse, creating economic benefits across the wider area.

The HALO Scotland will:

Contribute £120m of GDP to the Scottish economy annually

Create 1,400+ direct jobs

Support 630 construction jobs.
Posted by the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.