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Written by HLBI Executive Office   
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 15:45


HLB International, the international network of accounting firms, is delighted to announce that it has signed the appointment of a second UK member firm to its newly-establis hed UK Federation.

Hazlewoods LLP, one of the independent top 50 firms of Business Advisers and Chartered Accountants based in the South West of England, has joined HLB International.
This appointment will strengthen HLBI's reach in the South West of England and complements the appointment of Menzies LLP, the South-Eastern based accountancy and advisory practice, to HLBI in early September.

"We have now signed our first two members to HLBI's new UK Federation in as many weeks. We are aiming to continue this momentum and develop a full UK Federation, and are in active discussions with high-quality regional firms around the UK. This is a significant time in our UK development and we are really excited about the opportunities this presents.

"Hazlewoods is an excellent regional firm and has demonstrated significant growth over the past five years. It is extremely active nationally and internationally and we are confident about the valuable contribution their appointment will make to the HLB network," comments James Frost, chief operating officer of HLBI International.

Following the success of HLB's national Federations in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Australia, Mexico, USA and France, HLB is now rolling out its Federation framework in the UK with like-minded member firms throughout the country. Target candidates will demonstrate strong local reputations, an established track record, growth plans and a strong international focus.

"HLB is a successful worldwide network of like-minded and independent accountancy firms. Hazlewoods has an increasing need for international advice and our move to the HLB network will complement the firm's plans to extend our existing international offering," says Jon Cartwright, managing partner of Hazlewoods.

Hazlewoods was formerly a member of Praxity, the accounting network.

Developing its global footprint is a key strategy for growth for HLB International, which has continued to build its membership in new countries around the world throughout 2010. This year HLB International has announced its first member firm in Zambia, a second member firm in Japan and two member firms in Norway, as well as a significant acquisition of a US tax practice by one of HLB's US member firms.

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About HLB International

HLB International is a fast-growing, dynamic network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisers. Formed in 1969, it ranks in the top 12 international accounting networks, servicing clients through its member firms in over 100 countries. HLB International is a member of the Forum of Firms and is ranked within the top 12 International accounting networks and continues to thrive.

HLBI focuses on quality and personal service, reinforced by regular quality assurance reviews of all member firms, an up-to-date ISA compliance international audit manual and membership of external professional bodies focused on quality issues.  Member firms are well-established locally with most firms ranked among the top twelve nationally.

About Hazlewoods

Hazlewoods LLP is a Gloucestershire-based firm of business advisers and chartered accountants.  With offices in Gloucester, Staverton and Cheltenham and more than 200 staff, Hazlewoods provides multi-disciplined services to a broad range of clients from sole traders to blue-chip multinationals, private investors to public institutions. As well as accountancy and audit services, Hazlewoods provides business advisory services, corporate finance, insolvency and corporate recovery, litigation support, tax advice and financial planning services. Dedicated in-house teams with specialist industry experience serve a number of sectors, including health and care, agriculture, veterinary, property and dentists. Hazlewoods is ranked 41 in the 2010 ‘Top 50' survey conducted by Accountancy Age, where ranking is based on fee income.

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