Big 4 accountancy firm KPMG has strengthened its offering to the North of England’s business community with the appointment of partner Jon Meeten as head of tax for the region.
Based in the firm’s Manchester office, Mr Meeten will oversee the firm’s tax practices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle and will work closely with KPMG’s practice and sector heads across the North to deliver a multi-service advisory offering to the region’s businesses.
Outside his pan-north remit, Mr Meeten is also tasked with helping KPMG's Manchester office's senior partner Nicola Quayle build the firm’s footprint in the North West, drawing on more than 27 years’ experience to advise companies operating in the regional market on their tax strategies and compliance challenges.
Mr Meeten previously led KPMG’s tax team in Scotland, where he worked with some the firm's highest profile clients north of the border, including Scottish Power, Stagecoach and national drinks giants Edrington and AG Barr.
He commented: “The vibrancy and vitality of any region is underpinned by the strength of the advisory community that serves it. The North of England is no exception and I’m thoroughly looking forward to building on the exceptional tax offering we currently provide clients across the region, especially in an increasingly challenging regulatory and economic environment.
“We recently surveyed 700 UK businesses on their attitudes to tax policy. While respondents were broadly optimistic, it was also clear that concerns over the complexity of tax rules and regulations is an issue. 38 per cent of mid-sized businesses said the current system was too complex. A big part of our role as advisors is to combat this and to show that the right tax strategy is the key to unlocking business growth.”
Chris Hearld, KPMG’s North region chair, added: “As we kick off 2018, we are reaffirming our commitment to helping the region’s businesses achieve their goals. An important part of delivering this is ensuring we have strength in depth across all our capabilities. I’m confident Jon will be a hugely valuable addition to our tax practice, which is our biggest business area.”
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