WORCESTER-based CB Chartered Accountants has merged with Haines Watts as part of the national accountancy firm’s ongoing expansion plans.

The deal will see Haines Watts welcome a new partner, CB Chartered Accountants founder and managing partner John Painter, and his team of 10. Chris Hobbs, CB’s former tax partner, will take on the role of tax consultant.

CB’s offices in Worcester and Tewkesbury will be rebranded with the office in Tewkesbury becoming Haines Watts’ first permanent base in Gloucestershire.

Tim Pearce, managing partner of Haines Watts, said: “We’re delighted to be joining forces with John and his team. We’ve known each other for many years and I trained with John and Chris from 2002 to 2005, right at the start of my accountancy career. As soon as I knew that a deal with them was possible, I was determined to make it happen. It feels like I’ve come full circle. The merger is good news for local businesses as we’ll continue to offer outstanding customer service to existing and new clients and are looking forward to building the Haines Watts brand."

Mr Painter added: “Working with Tim and his colleagues is a strong step forward as it secures the quality of advice that our clients are looking for."