Russell Bedford adds Nantes member to network in France

September 2015

International professional services group Russell Bedford has announced the further expansion of its French national network, with the EOLIS group being appointed as the member firm in the Nantes area in north-west France.

EOLIS joins alongside Russell Bedford's existing firms in Paris and Lyon.

The new member firm was launched in 2002 by Jean-Clair Bazin, previously a partner in a Big-4 firm, with the acquisition of an existing local accounting business. The firm was later restructured into three entities – ECPM & Associés (a registered audit practice), A.B Conseils (certified public accountants) and A.B Conseils RH (payroll services). This grouping of practices has recently been rebranded as EOLIS.

With the growth of the firm, more partners were added via internal promotions. Today the firm has 3 partners, around 25 personnel, and offers a full range of services, including audit, accounting, tax and payroll support. The firm’s clients are predominantly small to medium-sized enterprises operating in a range of industrial sectors, such as building, construction and transport.

Managing partner Jean-Clair Bazin commented: "As a practice with an expanding client base operating throughout France and also abroad, we are pleased to be joining an active and successful organisation that will allow us to continue to support those clients as they grow. Membership will give us access to global resources and expertise whilst, at the same time, retaining our independence.

Russell Bedford CEO Alan Bezzant added: "The addition of EOLIS is a key step for Russell Bedford in establishing a national French network with members in key business locations. We are delighted to welcome EOLIS as one of the leading full-service firms in its region.

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