Mar 24 - 30, 2008

LAHORE: Wenham Major is one of the major leading financial and business advisory firms in the Midlands. Named the 'fastest growing firm of accountants in the UK' for the second year running in the Accountancy Age league tables for 2007, Wenham Major is ranked as the 23rd biggest UK accountancy firm.

This achievement is testament to the commitment and hard work of Wenham Major's team on behalf of its clients, said Mr. Amar Azam (41), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wenham Major Limited and Chairman of Wenham Major Dubai while talking to PAGE.

Mr. Amar Azam, who is a B Com (Hons) from Birmingham University and is a FCA, FCCA and began his career as Manager at KPMG Birmingham from 1987-1994 and became Principal Partner at Parker & Knight Accountants from 1995-2001. He was a Business Services Director at Tenon Group plc from 2001-2003 and became Partner at Wenham Major 2003-2005 and CEO in 2005.

During his visit to Lahore, Mr. Amar Azam who is also co-owner of its parent Wenham Major Global Capital Partners LLP said, "With 140 years experience in the Midlands, our business is founded on trust. Sound, trusted, strategic, advice is the cornerstone of any successful business and is intrinsic to Wenham Major's approach. We work in close partnership with our clients to help them achieve their full potential. More than anything, trust has to be earned and building long-term business relationships is at the very heart of Wenham Major's approach."

Mr. Amar Azam said, "Our clients come from across the business spectrum - from sole traders and individuals through to owner-managed businesses, to smaller quoted companies and public sector organizations." He said that Wenham Major is committed to offering management team full accountancy and business expertise across a wide range of strategic and operational areas.

Mr. Amar Azam, who specialises in corporate and real estate advisory work and has considerable experience in advising high net worth entrepreneurs on their international business interests, said, "Our firm's commitment to quality is reflected in a programme that we are starting whereby local staff will be seconded to the UK in order to raise operating standards here to match those in UK."

He said there are new opportunities for Pakistani business, as our well established chartered accountants and business advisors have entered the Pakistan market as part of an expansion drive aimed at the UAE and sub-continent market leading to substantial business growth for Pakistan. Wenham Major has already opened offices in Dubai and Lahore and plan another office in Mumbai later this year, he added.

"Our major area of interest," he added, "is SMEs both in the public and private sectors. We wish to work closely with SMEs in provision of access to financial initiatives, Mr. Amar Azam said. He added that they were prepared to advise SMEs in creating new and effective financial tools as SMEs rich potential can thus be harnessed to become growth engines and realize their enormous potential. Wenham Major is actively encouraging investments into Pakistan from Non-Resident Pakistanis and other sources to inject funds into lucrative sectors such as Real Estate, telecom and infrastructural projects.

"We believe in Pakistan and are ready to play our role in the country's development," he concluded. He further said that three British businesses Wenham Major, MMI Law and ARC1 International Architecture are launching their Pakistan practices with an evening of Qawaali music at the Pakistan High Commission in London. Mehmood Sabri of the world-famous Sabri Brothers, accompanied by poetic interpretations from Sufi Scholar Amatullah Chishti Armstrong, will perform for a highly select audience comprising CEOs of multinationals, British judges and celebrities, in the presence of Pakistani High Commissioner to UK, HE Dr Maleeha Lodhi. The event has been organised with support of Patron of the Arts Mrs. Shazia Leghari.

ARC1 International, an architecture and design firm; MMI Law, an international law firm; and Wenham Major, one of the UK's fastest growing accountancy firms, are sponsoring the event to show their commitment and belief in Pakistan's economy, and the opportunities it presents.