Firm appoints new partner

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Mark Smeaton from Letham has been appointed as a new partner at EQ Accountants LLP.

Mr Smeaton (31), who specialises in agricultural services, takes up his position this week, exactly a year after the firm merged with former Fife firm Carters.

Based in the firm’s Forfar office, he joined the practice from Forfar Academy and undertook his examinations with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, qualifying seven years ago.

Since then Mr Smeaton has played a prominent role in the promotion of the firm’s agricultural services in particular. He is also fully accredited with LANTRA to deliver whole farm review services through the Scottish Government’s Farm Business Adviser Accreditation Scheme for Scotland (FBAASS).

He said: “EQ have been very supportive of me during my career and it’s a great privilege to be offered partnership. I work with a great variety of clients throughout the whole of Scotland, some for over 10 years. A close working relationship is key to both the client’s and EQ’s future success. Agriculture is very much a passion of mine and, at EQ, we have a great depth of knowledge of the industry. I’m certainly looking forward to getting stuck into the challenges of being a Partner of EQ.”

With offices in Cupar, Dundee, Forfar and Glenrothes, EQ employs over 100 staff, and has 15 Partners.