AN international non-ferrous scrap metal merchant and trading company has appointed an East Lancashire accountancy and advisory firm.

Tom Martin & Co said local and international strengths persuaded them to seek support from Blackburn-based accountants and business advisors Beever and Struthers.

Established in 1948 and now operating throughout the UK, continental Europe and worldwide with an 80-strong workforce including multi-lingual staff, Bamber Bridge-based Tom Martin & Co handles more than 50,000 tonnes of non-ferrous metals a year on behalf of clients across a range of manufacturing sectors.

The firm said it selected Beever and Struthers to provide specialist tax and audit services because the two businesses share a local and international presence.

Chris Lowe, a director of Tom Martin & Co, said: “The local and international presence and ambitions of Tom Martin & Co and Beever and Struthers made us a perfect fit.”

Iain Round, partner at Beever and Struthers, said: “Thanks to our Blackburn office and membership of HLB International, we share the local and global characteristics of Tom Martin & Co and look forward to helping them achieve their corporate goals at home and overseas.”

Beever and Struthers, with its office in Richmond Terrace, is also a member of HLB International, a global network of about 700 well-established accountancy firms with some 25,000 staff in 150 countries.