Azets strengthens tax practice in the Midlands

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Azets, the largest regional accountancy firm and business advisor to SMEs, with 14 offices across the Midlands, Shropshire, and Welsh Borders, has strengthened its tax practice in the region with three senior appointments.

Gurj Sandhu, Stuart Bentley and Jay Mistry have all joined Azets in specialist tax roles as the UK Top 10 accounting firm continues to broaden and grow its expertise both in the region and nationally.

Gurj Sandhu

Partner and National Head of Capital Allowances with Azets, is dual qualified as a chartered surveyor and accountant, specialising in capital allowances and land remediation relief. Gurj qualified at a Big 4 firm and later moved on to establish the central region capital allowances team at RSM. Gurj advises across a broad range of clients and sectors and his experience includes discussions with HMRC to agree capital allowances claims, as well as specialist consultancy reviews of internal capital allowances systems and processes.

Stuart Bentley

Research & Development (R&D) Tax Director with Azets, joins from Fortus Business Advisors & Accountants. Stuart is an experienced advisor, specialising in the optimisation of government incentives, primarily R&D Tax Credits. He has a in degree in Materials Science, a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, and a Masters in executive coaching, helping him get a deeper understanding of clients’ businesses.

Jay Mistry

R&D Tax Manager with Azets, has experience in the automotive and engineering industries before moving into financial services and working at a top 15 accounting and business advisory firm, consulting on R&D Tax. Jay was most recently Senior Consultant with BDO, working with SME clients to deliver R&D benefits by preparing accurate, technical projects for R&D relief.

Clare Clifford, Head of Tax – Midlands, with Azets, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Gurj, Stuart, and Jay into the Azets team. The rate of growth of our Midlands tax practice in the past year has reflected the urgent need for SMEs to take specialist advice and optimise their tax position against an extended period of economic uncertainty in the UK. This is apparent in our region and across the country – and our extended office network will benefit from these appointments and our enhanced specialist capability in tax allowances and R&D tax.

“It’s more important now than ever before for businesses to seek professional advice to fully understand the reliefs available to them and how they can prepare for confirmed and speculated tax changes in the next 12 months. The addition of Gurj, Stuart, and Jay will help our clients to plan and structure appropriately, providing certainty and stability despite challenging economic circumstances.”

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