Kevin Reed, Accountancy Age, Wednesday 22 September 2010 at 13:01:00

RSM Tenon chief Andy Raynor wants to stabilise the business following its acquisitions


A two year plan has been outlined by RSM Tenon to fully make the most of its Bentley Jennison and Vantis office acquisitions.

Effectively ruling out mergers for the next two financial years, RSM Tenon chief executive Andy Raynor said that "clear stability" was needed to maximise the benefits of its acquisitions.

"It's a practical timeframe to demonstrate what we do as a business. It's difficult to show [if constantly acquiring]," said Raynor.

Stability was also important for existing staff, he added, highlighting that the acquisitions were not made to push efficiencies through cutting staff.

"We want to make sure it's a growing business. You don't grow the business without people."

The number of departures following the Vantis office acquisitions had been " negligible".

The vast majority of appointments within the business during the two-year period will be from within.

The firm today announced growth in its turnover and profits for the year ending June 2010.

It has also moved onto the FTSE small-cap index, and appointed Frances Gibbons as its first head of investor relations. The move onto the index broadens the firm's potential investor base.

RSM Tenon finance director Russell McBernie said the firm intended to lower its net debt position of 43.1m down by around 40% over the two-year period.

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