Accountancy firm KPMG has announced further partner appointments in its Birmingham office, taking the total up to 50.

The three new partners are John Leech, Richard Nixon and Andrew Hine.

And a further 30 people were promoted as either directors or senior managers.

Mr Leech has been promoted as an audit partner after 15 years with KPMG. He has predominantly focused on clients within the company’s consumer and industrial markets division, particularly in the automotive and retail sectors.

Mr Nixon joined KPMG in 2001, focusing on procurement advisory and helping clients reduce third party costs and transform their supply chains.

Mr Hine joined KPMG in 2004 after spending 13 years with the NHS. He specialises in advising clients in the health service on policy, strategy, planning, cost reduction and operational performance improvement.

Commenting on the new appointments, Mark Hopton, senior partner at KPMG in Birmingham, said: "These continue to be exciting times for our company. Not only have we just announced the merger with our sister German firm, but these new appointments here in Birmingham enable us to build on our strong market position and reinforce our commitment to the local business scene.

'With a strong graduate intake of more than 80 excellent new joiners now in place, we are strengthening our workforce on all sides."

The new appointments come at a busy time for KPMG on the personnel front.

The firm revealed that ten per cent of its workforce was now benefiting from flexible working arrangements. It also pointed to staff turnover dropping by almost 20 per cent to record low levels, alongside the fact that 86 per cent of its employees on maternity leave have returned to work.