Continuing its drive to unlock growth opportunities for dynamic organisations, leading audit and business advisory firm, Grant Thornton South Africa has expanded its nationwide Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) verification services offering.
The expanded business was born out of Grant Thornton’s acquisition of a majority stake in IQuad Verification Services, formerly a subsidiary of JSE-listed diversified financial services company IQuad Group Ltd.
This acquisition complements the firm’s existing B-BBEE verification capabilities established and managed by East London Managing Partner, Tony Balshaw.
“Our decision to acquire this business emphasises the similar values, ethics and processes which our two businesses share,” says Deepak Nagar, new national chairman of Grant Thornton South Africa. “Integration provides our clients with an opportunity to further capitalise on new business prospects.”
Grant Thornton Verification Services offers BEE verification, assessment and advisory services. The company is a SANAS accredited BEE verification agency, and remains one of the only verification agencies to have accredited facilities in all major South African cities.
“We’re excited to join the Grant Thornton fold at a time when addressing B-BBEE compliance is an imperative for all successful businesses,” says Wade van Rooyen, managing director of Grant Thornton’s Verification Services.
“Companies that do not take the time to address B-BBEE compliance will find themselves unable to compete effectively. Poor B-BBEE scores are increasingly posing structural constraints to the growth of individual businesses.”
Grant Thornton’s national staff numbers are over 820, with revenues in excess of R412m. This further cements Grant Thornton’s position as the fifth largest auditing firm in South Africa by fee income according to the October 2011 International Accounting Bulletin survey.
Last year Grant Thornton Capital, one of the country’s leading independent financial advisory businesses for over 20 years, announced the total acquisition of First Light Administration Services a well-known retirement fund administrator providing services to listed and privately owned employers.
In addition, two Durban regional professional services firms Campbell Brown and AC&T merged with Grant Thornton in the KZN region during 2011.
In October 2010, BDO Cape merged into Grant Thornton creating a formidable service offering in the Cape (Cape Town and Port Elizabeth) region.
“We welcome our new BEE experts into our business and we look forward to providing expert verification services to our clients,” says Deepak Nagar. “Grant Thornton will continue to expand through acquisitive and organic growth in order to meet the firm’s strategic growth plan.”
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