Shaw Gibbs is a leading provider of essential accounting, tax, payroll and related advisory services to SMEs.


Headquartered in Oxford and with eight offices in central and southern England, top 50 accountancy firm Shaw Gibbs supplies over 8,000 SMEs with essential accounting, tax, payroll and related advisory services. The company has over 290 team members.

The management team is led by experienced industry operator Peter O’Connell, who has been Managing Partner since 2016. He is supported by John Williams, CFO, and Kevan Leggett, Chair.

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The UK accountancy market is highly fragmented and represents a compelling buy and build opportunity as regulation, succession challenges and the need to invest in growth is driving consolidation. Apiary is supporting Shaw Gibbs to expand its regional presence through selective acquisitions.

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November 2022
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In order to achieve our ambitious acquisition plans, we recognised that we needed a like-minded partner to support the next chapter of our growth and I am delighted to have found that in Apiary.

Peter O'Connell
Managing Partner