This company specialises in managing tax, employment, accountancy and legislative compliance for tens of thousands of freelancers, contractors, small businesses and recruitment firms, under brands including Parasol, Nixon Williams, Brian Alfred, SJD Accountancy and ClearSky Business. Based in Warrington, it merged with the accountancy services firm Akarius in 2017, with the backing of private equity firm Sovereign Capital Partners. In 2018, it boosted its London presence by buying the self-employment accountancy specialist First Freelance for an undisclosed sum. Doug Crawford, 58, is Optionis’s chief executive.
|Activity||Professional services group|
|Operating profit £m||17.5|
|Main shareholders||Sovereign Capital (60.9%), Kevin Budge (17.2%), Jeremy Newman (9%), Others (12.9%)|
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