Our History Highlights

Dains Accountants Limited
January 2024
McInerney Saunders Acquisition
McInerney Saunders joined the Dains Group
McInerney Saunders

On 8 January 2024, Dains Accountants announced the acquisition of McInerney Saunders by the Dains Group.  McInerney Saunders have been providing commercial and advisory support to businesses both in Ireland and internationally for over four decades. Dains and McInerney Saunders have collaborated to serve international clients for many years and by joining forces, the enlarged group will deliver additional services to a growing client base.

January 2024
Magma Acquisition
Magma Chartered Accountants joined the Dains Group

On 8 January 2024, Dains Accountants announced the acquisition of Magma by the Dains Group.  Where the new office locations provide a growing footprint to the group. The Magma offices in Leicester and Rugby knit seamlessly to the recent acquisition of Nottingham based HSKSG, pushing the influence of the group further into the East Midlands.

September 2023
HSKS Greenhalgh Acquisition
HSKS Greenhalgh joined the Dains Group

On 6 September  2023, Dains Accountants announced the acquisition HSKSG who are one of the most respected accountancy firms in the East Midlands, with offices in Nottingham, Derby and Uttoxeter. The business has grown consistently in recent years, buoyed by a commitment to the use of technology, alongside high-quality personal and tailored relationships.

August 2023
PSTax & S3TAX Acquisition
PS3TAX and S3TAX joined the Dains Group

On 22 August 2023, Dains Accountants announced the acquisition of PSTAX and S3TAX, the public sector and not-for-profit VAT and Employment tax specialists.

October 2022
William Duncan + Co Acquisition
Wiliam Duncan + co joined the Dains Group
William Duncan + Co

On 3 October 2022, Dains announced the acquisition of William Duncan + Co – one of Scotland’s oldest and most respected accountancy firms with offices in Glasgow, Ayr, and Kilmarnock.

September 2022
Isosceles Finance Acquisition
Isosceles Finance joined the Dains Group
Isosceles Finance Logo

On 7 September 2022, Dains announced the acquisition of Isosceles Finance – the fast-growing accounting outsourcing, HR consultancy, and interim FD provider.


August 2022
Climate Positive Journey
We planted 5,296 trees
Angela Millward, Climate Positive, Trees

In August 2022, we partnered with Play It Green to improve our business's sustainability practices and have a positive impact on the world.  

This will allow the firm to become carbon neutral and our workforce to rebalance their personal carbon footprint by planting trees every month. We can track all the trees planted as they are added to our own Forest Garden.

July 2022
Dains acquires Barringtons

Dains completed the acquisition of Barringtons accountancy practice.  This will bolster our North Midlands offering and also boost our medical sector services.

March 2022
IIP Gold
Investors in People Gold Award Maintained
Investors in People Gold Award

Following reassessment in 2022 it was confirmed that we had maintained our Gold award for a further 3 years and are well on our way towards achieving Platinum.

Dec 2021
Investment & Ltd Companies
Private Equity Investment & Limited Companies

Dains secured significant investment from Horizon Capital, the private equity investor specialising in technology and business services.

At this point the business moved away from being an LLP and separated into 2 limited companies: Dains Accountants Limited and Dains Audit Limited.  Even though Audit is a separate limited company this is only for financial reasons and Dains Accountants Limited is the way we refer to ourselves when we refer to both businesses.

Mar 2021
Colin Meager & Co

We acquired the Colin Meager & Co practice following the passing of Colin Meager. 

Staff from this business joined the Dains team in our Birmingham office.

Cleres Accountants
Dains & Cleres Accountants

We acquired Cleres and amalgamated staff into our Birmingham office.

We go gold
Investors in People Gold Award
Investors in People Gold Award

Its official we have gone gold!  Dains achieved Investors in People Gold Award Status.

August 2013
Birmingham office relocation
15 Colmore Row, Birmingham
Birmingham office, 15 Colmore Row

Dains Birmingham office moves to its new city centre location at 15 Colmore Row in the heart of the business district.

August 2012
Stoke Office Opens
Stoke Office is Established
Dains Stoke Office

Dains acquired the Stoke on Trent office from RSM Tenon.  In July 2013 the office moved to larger premises at Etruria Office Village.

Derby office
The Derby Office is Established
The Derby Office

In 2009 we opened our Derby office on the Wyvern Business Park.

Birmingham office
New office opens

In 2007 our new Birmingham office is opened in Fort Dunlop.

March 1999
Investors in People
Investors in People Award Achieved

On 26 March 1999 Dains was awarded the Investors in People Certification.

Charles Leslie Dain
Charles Leslie Dain Passed Away

He was survived by his wife who remained associated to Dains until her death in 1999.

More Growth
More Clients, More Offices

A practice in Swadlincote, with a significant number of clients, was acquired and brought with it Mr Summ into partnership. 

This was followed by practice offices in Burton-on-Trent, Stafford, Sutton Coldfield, Coleshill and Newport (Shropshire).

New Partners
New Partners Join

Charles and Mr Wakelin were joined as partners by Mr Jupp, Mr Buckle, Mr Webb, Mr John Dain and Mr Morgan.

2nd Office Opens
Expansion, Expansion, Expansion

In 1951 a branch office was opened in Rugeley.  The Lichfield office was also becoming too small and it moved across the road.  Expansion continued and necessitated further accommodation, which included Wiltell House. 

Shortly after newly built offices in Wiltell Road became available and the partners decided to buy these. They too ultimately could not accommodate the work force and the adjacent larger offices facing on to St John Street were brought and these are still the principal offices of Dains.

The team

By 1948 there was a staff of 2 partners, a qualified senior, 2 articled clerks and 7 audit clerks and secretaries.

"One of the most important duties of the articled clerks was a weekly expedition during the winter months into the cellars to heave buckets of coal up 2 flights of stairs to replenish a large chest for stoking up the office fires.

First articled clerk
Harold Wakelin joins

Shortly after starting the practice, Charles took on his first articled clerk, who went on to be the first partner in the early days of the 1939-45 war.  Harold continued as Partner until his retirement in the 1980s.

Dains is established

Charles was very successful and in 1926 he decided the practice should be changed from Squires & Co to C L Dain & Co; the price was he had to pay Squires & Co for the goodwill that he had built up.

Where it all began
Charles Leslie Dain

Charles Leslie Dains served his articles with Squires & Co of Birmingham.  On qualifying ACA in 1925 he was despatched by the partner under whom he had served his articles:  "To Lichfield, my boy, and open a branch office for the firm and here's a few jobs to take with you to keep you going while you build up the practice".