One of the UK's Top 40 independent chartered accountants and business advisers, Hazlewoods will be the strategic financial partner to Gloucester Rugby, acting as auditor, accountant and tax adviser to the Aviva Premiership club.
With more than 250 Hazlewoods staff located in three offices across Gloucestershire, Gloucester Rugby will have access to an unprecedented range of financial skills and expertise nearby to support the club's management team.
David Williams, Partner at Hazlewoods, says:
"Gloucester Rugby benefits from a really strong management team both commercially and in the playing department, and we're looking forward to working with them.
"The sound commercial management of the club in the last few years has seen it gain financial stability and that's a great platform for continued growth. We'll be bringing our insight, experience and rigour to support them in raising their financial performance even further."
"It's imperative that Gloucester Rugby is commercially successful off the pitch, to give us the stability we need to invest in the club and drive performance on the pitch," comments Stephen Vaughan, CEO, Gloucester Rugby.
"The Hazlewoods team has the depth of experience we were looking for. We're confident they'll provide sound advice and guidance when we need it, and robust and impartial stewardship to ensure we're operating at the highest levels of professionalism."
Founded in Cheltenham in 1925, Hazlewoods has grown to be the preeminent accountancy practice in the county, serving local, regional and national clients.
With a client list comprising more than a third of the Top 100 businesses in Gloucestershire, Hazlewoods enjoys strong connections with the local business community.
"Developing partnerships with local businesses has always been important to Hazlewoods, and we know that's a high priority for Gloucester Rugby too," explains David Williams.
"We're proud of our local connections and we look forward to supporting the club in their relationships with sponsors, partners and the community.
"We're also very experienced in working internationally, and with the growing international reach of Gloucester Rugby - both the appointments of players and coaching staff, and as host to World Cup matches next year - we hope our familiarity with overseas markets will be of some benefit to the club."
Hazlewoods has strong international links, and is a member of HLB International, a fast-growing, dynamic network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisers in more than 100 countries.
Hazlewoods operates from offices in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Staverton.
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