1825 to acquire Grant Thornton's wealth advisory business

  • Acquisition of Grant Thornton’s wealth advisory business significantly accelerates 1825’s ambition of creating a national financial planning and advice business in the UK
  • In line with Grant Thornton’s focus on its growth strategy, the firm determined its wealth business had greater potential under new ownership *
  • Significantly expands 1825's advice capability and national client reach by adding 34 financial planners
  • Largest 1825 acquisition to date, increasing assets under advice (AUA) to £5.8bn – up £1.7bn, an increase of over 40%.

1825, Standard Life’s wholly owned financial planning and advice business, today announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the wealth advisory unit of Grant Thornton UK LLP. With over 100 employees, including 34 financial planners joining the business, this is a significant step forward in 1825 becoming one of the leading advice providers in the UK.

Led by Neil Messenger, Grant Thornton’s wealth advisory team provides advice on all aspects of financial planning including family and business finance. As well as the UK-wide financial planning team, it has two client support centres in Belfast and Sheffield, bringing a range of specialisms and expertise that will enhance the 1825 business.

Julie Scott, CEO, 1825, added:

"Today’s announcement significantly accelerates 1825’s growth plans and gives us a broader UK-wide presence. Demand for high quality financial planning and advice continues to grow and with over 110 financial planners we will be well-placed to help more people access advice.

I was delighted when Grant Thornton approached us with the idea.  We are very much aligned with our shared desire to offer the best quality advice to our clients.  We are excited about the future and look forward to welcoming the team to 1825."

Dave Dunckley, CEO of Grant Thornton UK LLP, commented:

"As we increase our focus on our strategy to provide high quality audit, tax and advisory services to our core markets, it is clear the wealth advisory team’s growth potential would be best delivered by a business focused solely on the financial advice market. The team’s clients will undoubtedly be better served through 1825’s approach and proposition, with the businesses sharing a natural alignment in values and goals, so it makes practical sense for the team to be in an environment in which it can flourish. We wish Neil and the team continued success into the future."

The deal is expected to complete in Q4, 2019. The commercial terms of the transaction remain undisclosed.

Notes to editors

About 1825

  • 1825 is Standard Life Aberdeen’s wholly owned financial planning and advice business with offices in Ayr, Bristol, Crewe, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Newton Aycliffe, Reading and Sheffield. In March 2019, 1825 announced its intention to acquire BDO Northern Ireland’s wealth management business.
  • 1825 offers a full financial planning and tax, trust and estate planning advice service which is focused on client goals.  Combined with a wide range of investment options, powered by globally renowned experts, and access to technology solutions, clients are able to access support how and when they need it.
  • By understanding its clients, investing in technology and offering innovative solutions to meet everyone’s needs, 1825 is making it easier for people to plan their finances and feel more confident about the future.  * To help clients find out more about financial planning, 1825 provides information at www.1825.com
  • You can follow 1825 on Twitter @1825.

About Grant Thornton UK LLP

Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. These firms help dynamic organisations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, forward-thinking advice. Proactive teams, led by approachable partners in these firms, use insights, experience and instinct to understand complex issues for privately owned, publicly listed and public sector clients and help them to find solutions. More than 38,500 Grant Thornton people, across over 120 countries, are focused on making a difference to clients, colleagues and the communities in which we live and work. The UK Grant Thornton member firm provides services to over 40,000 privately held businesses, public interest entities and individuals. It is led by more than 185 partners and employs more than 4,600 of the profession's brightest minds

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