Leading Cumbrian accountancy firm Armstrong Watson has acquired a Yorkshire business.

It took on Eura Audit Northallerton on Monday after its partner, Peter Tarren decided to retire.

Mr Tarren said: “I chose Armstrong Watson as I believe that they are a good fit culturally and match the type of work we do and the clients we serve.

"I also believe that going forward they will be able to provide support in areas we have not previously been able to.”

The five remaining Eura Audit workers will join Armstrong Watson at its Northallerton offices.

Established in 1867, the firm has a strong presence in the north, with 16 offices in Yorkshire, Northumberland, Cumbria and Scotland offering tax, audit and accountancy services, alongside payroll, restructuring, recovery and insolvency, corporate finance, forensic accounting, strategic business advice, client technology and financial planning and wealth management.

Paul Dickson, Armstrong Watson managing partner and chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to welcome the clients and colleagues of Eura Audit to our Northallerton practice.

"This merger combines two firms of similar culture, with complementary practice strengths and sector expertise.

"We hope that by offering an increasing range of specialists and advisers, we will ensure that we continue to provide local businesses with tailored, proactive support and advice essential for profit and growth.”

Michael Walby and Anna Lovett, of Burnetts Solicitors, advised Armstrong Watson on the legal aspects of the transaction.

Mr Walby said: “We are very pleased to have advised Armstrong Watson on this acquisition which strengthens its existing offering in North Yorkshire. We wish them every success in developing the business further.”