Mazars in strategic alliance with DA Partnership
DA Partnership is working with Mazars LLP in its bid for Audit Commission tenders. The bid will combine the leadership and public audit expertise of the Commission’s audit practice with the commercial and technical capacity of a leading national and international accountancy and advisory firm.
Gareth Davies, Managing Director-designate of DA Partnership, and Mike Attenborough-Cox, Public Services Partner at Mazars, lead the joint team in the bid process.
DA Partnership, is an employee-owned organisation formed to bid for the audit work being tendered by the Audit Commission. Gareth Davies has announced that DA Partnership has chosen Mazars as its strategic partner to further enhance the capabilities, technical expertise and resource it can offer in the bid.
If it is successful in the tender process, the alliance will deliver a number of benefits:
- Top quality audit services that combine the unrivalled public audit expertise of the Audit Commission's auditors with Mazars' professional infrastructure, technical expertise and recognised commitment to client service;
- Easy access to the full range of advisory services provided by DA Partnership's public services experts and Mazars’ commercial advisory teams; and
- Value for money from a lean and focused employee-owned business.
DA Partnership aims to provide a distinctive choice of auditor to public sector clients. The Managing Director-designate of DA Partnership is Gareth Davies, who is leading the team preparing the bid whilst taking leave of absence from his role as head of the audit practice at the Commission.
Gareth said: “Our aim is to provide a competitive bid so that we can create a vibrant new employee-owned firm to offer high quality audit and advisory services across the public sector. We are delighted to be working on the bid with Mazars, who will add huge value to our proposal. If our bid is successful, we look forward to offering our clients the benefits our alliance will generate.”
David Herbinet, Head of Public Interest Markets for Mazars in the UK, said “DA Partnership is an exciting venture that would retain a critical mass of public audit expertise for the benefit of public bodies and taxpayers. We are excited that they have chosen to work with Mazars; it is a significant endorsement of our expertise and integrity and creates an offer for the public sector that provides the best of both commercial and public sector auditing expertise and skill sets.”