WORCESTER-based accountancy firm Haines Watts has appointed a new partner.

James Howard joined the practice from university in 2007 and qualified as a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants five years later. He spent 18 months working at another Worcestershire practice before re-joining Haines Watts in 2015.

A director of Worcestershire Advance, he became an associate when Haines Watts Worcester merged with fellow county practice CB Chartered Accountants in the same year.

Managing partner Tim Pearce said: “James’ appointment is the perfect example of our ongoing commitment to reward outstanding talent and give all team members the training and support required to build their knowledge and expertise.

“I’ve been proud to watch James’ career develop over the past 13 years and I’m sure our clients will join me in congratulating him on his new role.”

During this difficult time for business James has shown that he is well placed to offer the support that our clients are looking for now and in the future.”

Mr Howard added: “I’d like to thank the current partners Tim and John Painter for giving me this opportunity. I’m looking forward to the challenges it will bring and to continuing to support businesses across Worcestershire.”