Chartered accountants and business advisers Baker Tilly has reinforced its commitment to the arts in Birmingham with the renewal of its sponsorship of a trio of charities.

Birmingham Hippodrome, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company will benefit from a combined bequest of £15,000 this year. Mike Huggins, partner and charities specialist at Baker Tilly, has worked in the sector for more than 25 years and is a member of the Midlands Charity Finance Directors’ Group.

Mr Huggins said: “The arts are increasingly relying on funding from individuals rather than corporate support which, in the long term, will lead to both a cultural deficit within the local business community and many charities struggling to survive.

“There is a natural fit between business and the arts and the results can be hugely beneficial for both parties.

“If businesses carefully consider the organisations that they support and their objectives for providing funding or sponsorship, the outcomes for all concerned are much more productive and can alone provide the incentive to prolong and develop the relationships in the future.”

The Birmingham office of Baker Tilly has supported Birmingham Hippodrome for more than a decade, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since 2006 and the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2007.