Bentleys New Zealand has been launched by Nick Den Heijer and Roger Thompson, who both left Staples Rodway to open the office.
Mark Chapman, executive officer of Bentleys Australia, said the move into the New Zealand market is in line with Bentleys’ regional growth plans.
“A direct presence in New Zealand enables us to provide seamless accounting and business advisory services to an increasing number of our clients who are expanding regionally".
“Bentleys is strengthening its position as a mid-tier accounting firm with a defined regional growth plan. We’re on track to reach our strategic target of a presence in 20 urban locations across the region by 2018".
“More and more our clients are looking for regional services and representation; we are acting on this demand with geographic expansion and through our close ties with other members within our international network Kreston,” Mr Chapman said.
Mr Thompson and Mr Den Heijer said joining the Bentleys’ brand was an exciting opportunity and that the Auckland office will look to capitalise on the changes the New Zealand accounting industry has experienced over the last few years.
“The accounting industry is facing significant changes, both in New Zealand and in Australia. Nick and I saw an opportunity to start with a clean slate, and build a firm using innovative technologies and smarter infrastructure which will deliver great efficiencies and value for our clients,” Mr Thompson said.
“The Bentleys' brand and vision resonated with us, the agreement means we have flexibility over direction and growth of the business, whilst being able to leverage existing expertise and resources,” Mr Den Heijer added.
The New Zealand office will open with a full complement of experienced staff and a significant client base including those in the Property Development and Construction, Investment and Financial Services, Professional Services, IT and Childcare sectors.