National accountancy firm, Haines Watts has appointed a new associate partner to bolster its team in Darlington.

Chris Hird offers the business a wealth of experience across corporate finance and general practice with over 10 years of industry experience.

Since qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2007, Chris has worked with a broad spectrum of businesses and had responsibility for all aspects of accounting and taxation work.

His vast experience enables him to fulfil the needs of Haines Watts’ varied client base and the businesses and further enhance its presence in the North East, from the firms Darlington and Newcastle offices.

Speaking about his new position, Chris said: “I’m delighted to be joining the team at Haines Watts. As a national firm, the business has an excellent reputation for helping its clients grow and prosper.

“I see the Associate Partner role as the next logical step in my career and look forward to using the experience I’ve built up across both corporate finance and general practice to help our clients continue to succeed.”

Chris has a passion for helping owner-managed businesses and SMEs to expand and has, in a previous role, helped one of his clients build a chain of successful pharmacies in the region. He’s keen to drive growth across a range of sectors including pharmaceutical, legal and agricultural.

He continued: “It is important that we help businesses in the North East to thrive. After all, if the local economy is thriving, it’s better for everyone. I have helped many organisations – from start-ups to long established firms – secure the funding they need to develop in our region.”

Donna Bulmer, Managing Partner at Haines Watts North East, said: “We’re extremely pleased that Chris has joined the team. Chris is an experienced accountant with excellent knowledge and industry expertise. He has a real talent for helping businesses secure funding for growth and is an asset to our team.

“Chris will be focussing on our growth aspirations for our Darlington office, working with and supporting businesses across Teesside, Darlington and Durham with all of their financial needs. It’s an exciting next step for the firm.”

Haines Watts is a national brand with local offices nationwide, offering a variety of services from business planning and tax to mergers and acquisitions.

To find out more about Haines Watts North East, visit: http://www.hwca.com/