‘Centre of excellence’ plans for March firm

Whiting and Partners unveiling plans for centre of excellence hub'left to right Mark Haydon, Chris Morton and Andrew Band ANL-150709-144328009

Whiting and Partners unveiling plans for centre of excellence hub'left to right Mark Haydon, Chris Morton and Andrew Band ANL-150709-144328009

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A March firm of accountants and business advisors has announced major expansion plans.

Whiting & Partners are looking to create a centre of excellence hub on land in Wimblington Road, March.

The firm has been based for more than 25 years in Dartford Road but says it has outgrown these premises.

Now the business has applied to Fenland District Council to build the new offices on land close to Mill Hill Garage, which is an area earmarked for development.

Mark Haydon, chief executive and managing partner, says the demands of clients have changed.

He said: “We are planning to house our specialists from March, Wisbech, Ramsey and Peterborough under one roof alongside their support staff yet maintain our presence in our local offices across Fenland and north Cambridgeshire.

“The new location will give quick and easy access for our clients across the sub-region and will allow us to increase our staff numbers in time by around ten people.

“We are focused on setting up a ‘centre of excellence’ to deliver modern and developing business support.

“Whiting & Partners has been in March for the best part of 90 years and this investment demonstrates our long-term commitment to the town, Fenland district and the region itself.”

Client demands have driven the need to create the two storey 500sq metres office block. If the plan is approved, work could start next spring with the hopes of opening the doors the following year.

Specialist services which could be provided include business succession planning and corporate finance performed by experts in agriculture.

A spokesman said: “Today’s business world is more complex and technically demanding than in the past and businesses either need to have full-time experts in-house or more realistically purchase specific services when required.

“Business owners are also becoming more sophisticated in running their own businesses and are increasingly aware of the usefulness of increased information potentially available to them at realistic prices.”