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PKF Francis Clark Wiltshire business partner celebrates cider makers at major South West industry event

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Written by: Bath Chronicle | Posted 19 June 2018 7:00

PKF Francis Clark Wiltshire business partner celebrates cider makers at major South West industry event

The partner of a Wiltshire-based chartered accountants has praised cider makers, brewers and distillers across the region after an event to celebrate the industry.

Nick Farrant, partner at PKF Francis Clark, which has an office in Salisbury, said the Somerset event to highlight local businesses in the South West showed what opportunities there were in Bath, Wiltshire and beyond.

Held at new venue Host at Bradford on Tone, by Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow, guests included Thatchers, Sheppy’s Cider and Taunton Cider, as well as new start-up companies in the area such as Blackdown Brewery.

Mr Farrant said: “It was fantastic to attend and support this event kindly hosted by Rebecca Pow. It was clear that all in the room were passionate about their products, the sector in general across the South West, and a desire to grow their brands and businesses.

"We were delighted that PKF was invited to present our experience and analysis of the funding and transactions landscape that lies before these brewers, cider-makers and distilleries and it was clear that the opportunities still exist, even in uncertain times, for these businesses to attract investment into differentiated and quality products, enabling them to grow and thrive in our region.”

Business advisers PKF Francis Clark, which has an annual revenue of £45 million, employs 33 staff at its Salisbury office.

Ms Pow said: "I am so passionate about Taunton Deane and the wider South West and I'm always working with stakeholders to increase job opportunities.

"We all want our local economy to boom, and business expansion is key to this."

The event was held in conjunction with Boutique Bar Brands, Johnston Carmichael and BrewBroker.

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