Seven years after setting up TaxAssist Accountants in Aberdeen, Ian Mearns is handing the reins to his son; and local accountant, Steven Mearns.
Steven, a Chartered Accountant, has taken over the business on Rosemount Place in Aberdeen and will continue to look after the specialist needs of 450 small businesses in the local community and lead the three-strong team.
Initially achieving his membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) with KPMG, he has also worked at senior level in the gas and oil industry, set up and managed his own small businesses and more recently was managing director of an international oil service company.
Steven commented: “Building my own businesses and working in the small business community has always been my ambition. I am a passionate supporter of small business as the lifeblood of the local community.
“Having looked at TaxAssist with my father back in 2010, I was really impressed with the business model, so when the opportunity arose to step into his shoes it was something I just couldn’t miss. He has built an outstanding business, which is well respected within our small business community. I’m really excited about taking it over with his guidance, getting to know our clients, working with the team and growing the business in Aberdeen.”
Ian Mearns added: “I’ve loved working with the local business community over the past seven years, but the time is right for me to start the retirement process. With Steven’s experience and enthusiasm, I feel very comfortable handing the practice over to him.”