150 people attend launch of new Leicester accountancy brand
About 150 business people, friends and family members celebrated the launch of Leicester's newest accountancy firm.
A party at Leicester's Guildhall on Wednesday night marked the rebranding of Hayles and Partners, in Castle Street, as MGC Hayles.
It follows its merger with the Nottingham and Birmingham offices of McGregors Corporate.
Hayles' original partner Geoff Banks introduced the evening while McGregors director Steven Mugglestone, who has taken over the running of the Leicester office, told guests he was looking forward to expanding and modernising the business, which has 35 staff.
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Among changes already made have been a £200,000 upgrade of the firm's IT systems to ensure staff can access the entire system at greater speed, wherever they are working from.
Mr Mugglestone said: "We've taken the opportunity to change everything, and technology was always going to be an issue because of creaking servers.
"We've looked at staff and changed some roles to create more specialised service streams, rather than having every member of staff doing everything.
"But Hayles and Partners is also a traditional practice, a traditional born and bred accountants firm and founders Geoff Banks and Paul Angus are still involved."