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Broadstone Group, one of the UK’s fastest growing employee benefits and pensions consultants and independent trustee business, has announced the acquisition of Liverpool-based CS Financial Solutions (CSFS) including CS Trustees.

Since supporting Paul McGuckin, Craig Williams and Colin Nicol [Directors of CS Financial Solutions] with the MBO plan in March 2016, MSIF have continued to work closely with the financial service specialists to help achieve growth plans, which have resulted in Broadstones’ acquisition of the business.

CSFS will now become a fully integrated part of the Broadstone Group and will help serve the combined group’s burgeoning client base across the UK and internationally, through the Assurex Global network. The acquisition brings the number of Broadstone regional UK offices to six with other locations in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Falkirk.

Marion Savill, Portfolio Director of MSIF said: “CS Financial Solutions has a longstanding reputation for delivering excellent service to its clients. It has built on that reputation and further developed its service offering during its time as an independent company and MSIF is proud to have supported the business over that period. Being part of the Broadstone Group will enable them to expand even further while retaining a strong presence in Merseyside. It is great to know this business will continue to thrive in its future, and we wish them every success.”

Commenting on the announcement, Broadstone Group CEO, Grant Stobart, said: “This is an exciting acquisition for us and brings additional capabilities and additional experienced staff and scale that will help ensure that we remain truly competitive in the provision of innovative employee benefits solutions in a competitive market that is seeing significant consolidation. We now have over 200 professionals serving more than a thousand clients across the UK.

“With the full backing of our private equity parent, Livingbridge, 2019 looks to be a year of strong organic and acquisitive growth for Broadstone as we actively pursue further acquisitions that share our cultural values and complement our expertise and service.”

By adding further talent and geographical reach and scale, Broadstone has underlined its stated intent to support both its larger clients and the UK wide SME sector that is often poorly serviced by the larger consultancies.

Paul McGuckin, CEO at CSFS added: “Being an integral part of a larger, innovative organisation with ambitious growth plans and the resources to deliver will mean that we can continue to offer our clients the very best product solutions and service. For our staff it means that they can benefit from the significant career and development opportunities that come with working for a market leading organisation.”