Chartered financial planning firm Lewis Brownlee Financial Services has announced the completion of its merger with Park Gate Insurance Services (PGIS).

The new firm will operate under the Lewis Brownlee banner and will significantly increase the company’s presence along the south coast, while further enhancing its reputation as an established, reputable and growing professional services firm.

This new merger symbolises Lewis Brownlee’s continued reach across the central south of England, which includes offices in Chichester and Midhurst and now the M27 corridor.

Initially there will be six people permanently working in the Whiteley office with others making day trips from the Chichester office on a daily basis.

Brownlee now employs 51 and is advertising for more staff

Steve Burns, managing director, said: "The integration of PGIS is a positive step in the growth of the firm and reasserts our commitment to ensuring that clients along the south coast receive the high levels of service they expect and deserve from a trusted financial services practise. Lewis Brownlee is growing with the times – and merging with a like-minded firm that shares our core values and ambitions is key to our continued success."