Quilter acquires three financial planning businesses

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Quilter acquires three financial planning businesses

Quilter Private Client Advisers has announced the acquisition of three financial planning businesses, Eastgate Financial Management, Holdaway Johnson and Clive C Aitkenhead Financial Consultant, taking the number of firms acquired this year by the national adviser business to 11.

Clients of Cheltenham-based Eastgate will be serviced from Quilter Private Client Advisers' Birmingham office, while Holdaway Johnson, based in Surrey, will be aligned to the London office. Clients of Blackburn-based firm, Aitkenhead, will now be serviced by Quilter Private Client Advisers' Chester office.

David Irving, Clive Aitkenhead and Charles Holdaway, the respective owners of Eastgate, Aitkenhead and Holdaway Johnson will each retire after helping with the smooth transition of the businesses to Quilter Private Client Advisers.

Dominic Rose, strategy and acquisitions director at Quilter Private Client Advisers, said: "We are pleased to be able to continue to expand our regional offices with the acquisitions of these three excellent businesses. Each one fits well with our business and culture and we look forward to continuing to give David, Clive and Charles' clients the quality, face-to-face financial planning they are used to.

"Given we now have a proven track record, we are seeing increasing numbers of firms approaching us directly and we expect to complete on further acquisitions before the end of the year."

Charles Holdaway, founder of Holdaway Johnson, added: "After many years looking after my clients' needs, I am delighted that they will continue to receive excellent service a local level, backed by the national expertise of Quilter Private Client Advisers."  

Clive Aitkenhead, founder of Clive C Aitkenhead Financial Consultant, commented: "I spent two years considering the sale of my business and I chose Quilter Private Client Advisers because we share the core belief of having a focus on long-term client relationships, and they are well resourced to ensure the clients will be in good hands long into the future."

David Irving, founder of Eastgate Financial Management, added: "It was important to find a firm with a very clear strategy for integrating the business to minimise any disruption for clients and I am delighted to have found that in Quilter Private Client Advisers and look forward to helping with the transition."

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Christopher Copper-Ind is editor-in-chief of International Investment. Before this, he was editorial director of The Business Year, from 2014 to 2017.