DJH Mitten Clarke - building an accountancy firm of the future that puts its team, clients and communities first


Scott Heath

DJH Mitten Clarke partners with owner-managed businesses and high-net-worth individuals to help them achieve their ambitions through great accountancy advice, challenging conversations and innovative technology.

After joining the business in 2003 as a part-qualified accountant, CEO Scott Heath is living proof of DJH Mitten Clarke’s commitment to developing and promoting the rising stars amongst its team.

Now partnered with Tenzing, DJH Mitten Clarke strives to become the leading independent accountancy firm in the Midlands and North West, while continuing to put its team, clients, and communities first.

Partnership origins

With a focus on doing ‘great things together’, DJH Mitten Clarke is a business fuelled by ambition. For its clients, the business itself and the people who drive its success.

As trusted advisors to business leaders and people with significant assets, DJH Mitten Clarke doesn’t shy away from tricky topics, providing thought-provoking conversations that enable its clients to achieve their goals. 

Through a mixture of organic growth, strong recurring revenue and acquisitions, DJH Mitten Clarke is no stranger to success, having increased its turnover by 475% from 2017 to 2021.

“Achieving this growth has been driven by attracting the very best talent, and just as importantly, it has helped us gain our clients’ trust,” says Scott. “How could they have confidence in us if our business wasn’t thriving?”

Despite already achieving a phenomenal level of success, Scott wanted to take the firm much further. But the one limiting factor has been cash. To remain on the same trajectory, the business needed continued investment in its team, services, technology and facilities to accelerate its transformation and achieve Scott’s vision.

Why DJH Mitten Clarke chose Tenzing

“We wanted a private equity partner that understands the sector and has a similar mindset and culture to our own,” says Scott. “With their proven track record in accountancy and technology, Tenzing’s area of specialism aligned with our needs. But it was their philosophy of backing teams they believe in, supporting them to reach their own summit, that really resonated with me.”

Scott wanted Tenzing’s support to continue to build the business’ technology, infrastructure and business development capabilities. Enabling the firm to attract the very best talent, drive innovation and enhance the service and experience they offer clients. All of which will help DJH Mitten Clarke achieve its ambitious growth targets.

Scott notes: “We really love Tenzing’s passion and people-centred culture, the fact they honour their commitments and don’t move the goalposts. The Sherpa Programme is also a big differentiator that will bring a range of expertise to our team, creating more opportunities for our people to grow professionally.”

I want to sit down in 10 years' time, open the Sunday papers and read that DJH Mitten Clarke is a powerhouse within its industry that does great things for its clients, communities and employees. A business that gives back on the same basis as it does today and is recognised as one of the UK's best companies to work for."

Scott Heath
CEO of DJH Mitten Clarke

Motivation for investment

Having built a strong management team, invested in first-class facilities and aligned the company’s employees with its values, Scott wanted to build on the solid foundations already in place.

“I could have maintained the business as it was and taken a few more holidays,” jokes Scott. “But I love my job. And I’m more interested in growing this business, meeting out clients’ future needs and creating career opportunities our ambitious team deserve.” All of which will leave a legacy – not only for the business, but the people who make it what it is today.

What's next for DJH Mitten Clarke?

“We want to become a top 20 accountancy firm in the next four years,” says Scott. “We’ll do this by developing new and existing service lines, attracting more business and undertaking acquisitions in our heartlands – the North West and Midlands.”

The firm’s people-first agenda will continue to remain front and centre, with the business becoming a destination employer that attracts and nurtures the top talent. Putting people first also means DJH Mitten Clarke is on its way to becoming a B Corp business with high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

Scott is confident that with Tenzing’s support, DJH Mitten Clarke will be supercharged to continue its transformation journey. Enabling it to strengthen its infrastructure and service offering, so it can secure new business and apply its expertise to capitalise on the significant opportunities in the marketplace.

Key Facts

Growth Levers

  • Ongoing investment in technology and people
  • New service line development
  • M&A

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