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New senior partner gives advice firm the Edge


Karl Edge, 44, has been with KPMG for 23 years and was appointed Head of Markets for the Midlands region in 2010.    He is joined by Mark Stevens, a double Great Britain Olympian in swimming, who will head up business development for the office across Buckinghamshire, Bedford and Northamptonshire.
Mr Edge pictured  takes over the role from Mark Matthewman, who will be focusing on KPMG’s response to the fast changing audit marketplace to increase KPMG’s audit market share.
He said: “It is a privilege to take the opportunity of leading one of Milton Keynes most established professional services firms.  This region has a tremendous track record of attracting great businesses and giving them an environment in which to grow. 
“There are some very exciting industry sectors based here and this, together with the dynamism of both the corporate and public sector communities, means we have a real opportunity to make a difference.”
The KPMG office in Central Milton Keynes has around 100 members of staff working across audit, tax and advisory services into a range of businesses across Milton Keynes, Northampton and the surrounding areas. 
Mr Edge said: “I am certain that the Milton Keynes office will continue to bring value to our clients across all areas of our business, particularly as the economy continues to turn the corner and businesses turn their thoughts from survival to growth.
“Under Mark’s guidance the office has won a number of impressive new clients locally in recent years.  We will build on this by increasing our investment in the local marketplace as we see demand increase for our advisory services as our clients seek advice around issues such as rewarding and retaining talent, international expansion and cash management as they move into a growth cycle.”
He added: “I believe we have a key role to play in the Milton Keynes market and we are committed to robustly supporting our clients, contributing to the local agenda and ensuring we all benefit as the economy improves.”