REGIONAL accountancy firm BHP has announced new senior appointments as internal promotions result in two new partners.

Jenny Hurst and Dean Pearson have been promoted to partner level at the firm, which has five offices across Yorkshire, including its new base in York off Blossom Street.

Ms Hurst is part of BHP’s healthcare team, which advises more than 90 GP practices, around 450 locums and 140 dentists on accounting and a range of specialist advisory services including tax planning, mergers, succession planning and NHS pensions.

Having worked at BHP for 21 years, Ms Hurst has grown an extensive client portfolio. She said: “I thoroughly enjoy meeting with my clients, many of whom I have worked with for years, to help them grow their practices and provide advice on the challenges they may be facing.

“I am supported by a team of 30 specialist healthcare staff and our strong working relationships and commitment to client care are a key factor in our success.”

Ms Hurst is co-author of the Kreston Healthcare Group annual GP Practices Benchmarking Report, which provides a detailed insight into the income and expenditures of GP practices. She also regularly presents at seminars and webinars on topical healthcare issues.

With more than 20 years accounting and tax experience, Mr Pearson has played an integral role within BHP’s tax practice for the last nine years, helping to grow the business substantially.

He specialises across the region in corporation tax relief for innovation, including research and development (R&D) tax claims.

Working for SMEs, owner managed businesses and larger corporations within every sector, Mr Pearson advises them on how to reduce corporation tax liabilities through pre-year end planning, R&D claims and maximising capital allowances. He also undertakes extensive property transaction work as well as providing advice on a whole range of corporate structuring, approved share schemes and succession planning.

Partner and head of tax at BHP, Chris Humphreys, said: “Dean has a hugely successful track record of quickly identifying where businesses can save vast sums of money.

“As part of the development of our tax offering, Paul Captieux, head of private client tax, will increase his presence in the York area where we recently expanded into new offices off Blossom Street.”

John Warner, managing partner at BHP, which employs more than 300 people, said: “Jenny and Dean are both well-liked and respected professionals who excel in their own specialist areas. We are delighted to invest in their futures by promoting them to partner.”