A dealmaker at independent accounting and business advisory firm HURST has been promoted to associate partner.

Max Perry joins the HURST board as a result of his promotion from associate director.

He has completed a range of transactions involving UK and overseas trade buyers and private equity buyers since joining HURST’s corporate finance team in December 2021 after roles at Deloitte and corporate finance boutique Camlee Group

His deal highlights at HURST include advising the shareholders of Huddersfield-based PCS Asbestos Consultants on the company’s sale to AIM-listed Marlowe, acting for the shareholders of financial advisory firm Financial Management Bureau on the sale of the Cumbria-based business to Finitor Wealth, and advising north west IT and telecoms solutions provider Active on its sale to technology company Babble.

Max is among a group of HURST’s rising stars who are taking part in a bespoke two-year leadership development programme.

HURST is the first accountancy firm headquartered in the north to launch a Vistage Inside programme for future leaders. Vistage, with 45,000 members worldwide, is a global leader in personal development and advisory groups for CEOs, key executives and leadership teams.

Nigel Barratt, partner and head of HURST’s corporate finance team, said: “Max has played a leading role in growing our business by successfully completing transactions with UK and international trade buyers and private equity buyers.

“He is currently working on a number of transactions, has brought new clients to the firm and has built strong relationships with existing ones. He’s passionate about developing team members and actively supports and mentors his colleagues.

“His promotion is well-deserved and we look forward to seeing Max continue to flourish as our corporate finance practice expands further.”

Max said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at HURST so far and I’m especially grateful to Nigel, corporate finance partner Ben Bradley and Mike Jackson, the head of our business services team, for their guidance to date.

“I’m absolutely delighted to receive this promotion and to have been invited to join the board. The firm is so full of talented individuals, and the future is incredibly exciting. It’s an honour to be asked to play my part in it.”

HURST focuses on advising entrepreneurial owner-managed businesses with turnover of £10m and above across all sectors. Clients include Kinaxia Logistics, M&I Materials, Beechfield Brands, Duerr’s, Oliver Valves, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Krones UK, Creamline Dairies, Arighi Bianchi, Scapa Group and Hyde Group.

The firm will move its head office to a new flagship development in Stockport later this month to accommodate its growing team. HURST is taking 11,000sq ft at 3 Stockport Exchange, the latest phase of a £145m project by Muse Developments and Stockport Council.

It has been based since 1998 in Tiviot Dale in Stockport town centre, but has outgrown those premises. The new HQ will give the firm scope to expand from 120 staff to around 170, which it aims to achieve over the next three years.