Our Story

James Dow, Jon Schofield, and Mark Watts, having worked at KPMG’s Corporate Finance practice in the Northwest of England, founded the business as a corporate finance boutique in 2002 and the licence model was conceived in 2008.

As the Dow Schofield Watts name became established, the management team identified a clear opportunity to tap into an unfulfilled and under-rewarded talent pool.


We are a multi-disciplinary network of 20 licensees (as at 31 March 2022), with a proven track record of winning awards, particularly in the north of England. In 2012, the corporate finance team in Daresbury was awarded for its achievements winning North West Insider Corporate Finance Team of the Year. Many awards across the Network followed in subsequent years, including the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2020 Mid-Market Corporate Advisory Team of the Year (North West Insider Awards) and 2020 and 2021 Niche Firm of the Year (Yorkshire Accountancy Awards) and 2021 International Deal of the Year (North West Insider Awards). Top 50+ 50 UK Accountancy Firms UK Ranked 49 Accountancy Age 2021.

Yorkshire Rainmaker Awards