Award-winning chartered accountants Francis Clark has appointed four new partners and two new directors. These promotions take place at the firm's Exeter, Taunton and Torquay offices and bring the total partnership to 49.

International tax expert, Stuart Rogers, and business advisor, Nick Farrant, become partners at Francis Clark's office on Blackbrook Business Park in Taunton, while Annette Connelly's firm-wide work as Director of Finance and IT based in Torquay has also been recognised by appointment to the partnership.

Exeter based Helen Lewis, who has been nominated as the 'Rising Star' of 2013 in a national award for her technical tax expertise and her ability to clearly disseminate even the most complex tax issues, also becomes a partner.

Tax consultants Heather Britton (Taunton) and Karen Bowen (Torquay) both become directors.

Francis Clark Managing Partner Les Burnett commented: "The firm has grown substantially in recent years but to sustain our upward trajectory and to remain competitive, we must recruit and reward the very best talent available.  These appointments confirm the ambitions of the firm and our ability to deliver the very best client focussed solutions for businesses of all sizes."

The multi-award-winning firm is ranked 24th in the Accountancy Age UK Top 50 Chartered Accountancy practices and 25th in the Accountancy Live Top 60.