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Davidson promoted to partner at Grant Thornton

Leading business advisory firm Grant Thornton UK LLP has promoted Simon Davidson to partner in its national business consultancy practice.

Yorkshire-based Simon has been with Grant Thornton for more than six years, playing a key role in supporting the firm’s clients in the region respond to the myriad of challenges of the pandemic by creating a Virtual FD Network, giving finance professionals a forum to share ideas and best practice.

During his 20-year career in accountancy, Simon has advised a multitude of finance teams, CFOs and finance directors on strategic financial plans across a range of sectors, with particular specialisms in real estate and construction. Clients past and present include those that are private equity backed, listed, privately owned, and not-for-profit.

As a partner, Simon will lead a team of 12 supporting clients across Yorkshire and the wider UK “future proof” their businesses with financial plans and functions that support their needs for growth, acquisitions or listings – whether that’s resolving specific issues or supporting a wider business plan.

Simon said: “I am incredibly proud to progress to partner at Grant Thornton and to head up the financial consulting side of the business. I get a real kick out of helping finance teams and FDs clarify their vision and then implementing the bespoke plans needed to get them where they need to be – whether that’s from becoming more scalable, getting them IPO ready, or running more cost-efficiently.

“Becoming partner is just part of the plans we have in place for doing that more and more for our current and prospective clients – and that’s massively energising for myself and the wider team. I’m really grateful to work with a group of exceptional professionals here at Grant Thornton, all with a wealth of experience and dedication to providing excellent service and outcomes for our clients. We can’t wait to deliver further results for our existing and prospective clientele.”

Andy Wood, Managing  Partner for Yorkshire, said: “We are thrilled for Simon as he progresses to partner with Grant Thornton here in Yorkshire. Simon is a true leader for the future. He is personable, well connected and has a very pragmatic approach to business advisory which means he delivers practical, realistic plans rather than theoretical considerations, which ultimately drives exceptional results for clients.

“His work during the pandemic with various finance teams and FDs saw him become an incredibly valued member of the regional community. The Virtual FD Network became a really important safe forum for clients and non-clients alike during the first lockdown when businesses were forced to pivot their operations almost overnight.”

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