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Sumer’s Focus on SME Practices Continues as Scrutton Bland Joins the Fold

Scrutton Bland, one of East Anglia’s best-known accountancy firms, who have been supporting clients for over 100 years, becomes part of Sumer, the UK’s leading mid-market accountancy practice.

Scrutton Bland is an award-winning firm of chartered accountants, tax and business advisers. With 150-employees across offices in Ipswich, Colchester and Bury St Edmunds, the practice’s sector expertise includes: agriculture, charities, construction, technology, and education. 

Scrutton Bland is joining Sumer, a significant challenger within the accountancy sector, to enable its ability to scale and access the latest technologies as well as to enhance its client proposition.

Sumer now has 9 regional hubs, 45 offices and over 1,200 colleagues, all focused on championing SME’s. It believes best-in-class support is vital to power our local communities and the wider economy.

Warren Mead, Chief Executive Officer of Sumer, commented:

“Scrutton Bland has a rich history, and a big future, with a dedicated team passionate about championing SME’s. The practice has received awards for its highly supportive approach to colleague development and focus on its people which made partnering ideal.” 

Commenting on the announcement, Jason Fayers, Managing Partner at Scrutton Bland, said:

“Client service has been at the heart of Scrutton Bland for over 100 years and never more so does this remain the case. As a business, we are always planning ways we can enhance our client services and develop our strong core people values. We want to offer our clients and team the best experience possible and as a leadership team we have been thinking about how we can poise the business for growth. As technology evolves and the business world becomes ever more complex, we realise we must tap into additional scale. At the same time, we want to work with people with a shared vision. That’s why we’re incredibly excited to join Sumer, who share our core values and can’t wait for the next chapter in the Scrutton Bland story.”

About Sumer:

Sumer is the UK and Ireland’s leading mid-market accountancy practice delivering professional support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK and Ireland. It is a top 15 UK accountancy practice on a mission to champion SME businesses and offer local delivery supported by national expertise.

Since its inception, Sumer has grown rapidly through acquisition. It now employs over 1,200 champions, across 45 offices, and generates an annual turnover of over £100 million, emerging as a key accountancy player. 

Sumer’s strategy revolves around acquiring only leading regional practices that share the same ethos, values and approach. This in turn forms regional Hubs throughout the UK, focused exclusively on the SME market. 

The Hubs announced so far include Monahans, RMT Accountants & Business Advisors, RT Marke & Co, Jerroms, Simmons Gainsford, Carpenter Box, Cowgills,EQ Accountants and Scrutton Bland.

Sumer provides Hubs with access to a broader range of services for clients, technology and compliance support, funding for further acquisitions, and opportunities for Hub colleagues. 

To find out more about Sumer, visit our website:

About Scrutton Bland:

From offices in Bury St Edmunds, Colchester and Ipswich, Scrutton Bland serves a range of clients from small owner-managed businesses to large corporate organisations and offers professional advice for business and personal lives.

Scrutton Bland’s team of experienced specialists provide accountancy, audit, corporate finance, and tax advice. We don’t just provide technical advice – we believe in building long term relationships with our clients and adding value through a personal and bespoke service.

Regulated external Audit services are provided by Sumer Auditco.

Sumer Group Holdings Limited is a company registered in England and Wales under company number 14256975 with its registered office at The Beehive Building, Beehive Ring Road, Crawley, Gatwick, RH6 0PA. Sumer is the brand name under which firms which are members of and/or are connected to Sumer Group Holdings Limited operate and provide professional services. Each firm in the Sumer network is a separate legal entity. Sumer Group Holdings Limited does not provide audit, accountancy or other services to clients directly. The member firms can use the resources and/or services of other member firms. Sumer Group Holdings Limited is not an agent of any member firm and is not liable for any member firms. Each member firm is liable only for its own acts or omissions and not those of Sumer Group Holdings Limited and/or any other member firm.