Armstrong Watson Accountants, Business and Financial Advisers have continued their commitment to investing in young people by taking on an additional 26 new trainees across, both Graduates and School Leavers, across 5 of the firm’s offices in Glasgow, Carlisle, Northallerton, Skipton and Leeds.
The figure includes the appointment of 13 chartered accountancy trainees (up from 11 last year) and 13 trainees studying AAT/ATT, with just under half based in Yorkshire.
The new budding chartered accountants and accounting trainees will join the Accounting, Audit and Tax teams, and will receive hands on experience alongside classroom study as they work towards their qualifications.
Despite the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm continues to see an increase in demand for their services as more growing businesses are looking for a wider remit of support and bigger companies, usually attracted to the ‘top ten’ accountancy firms, are turning to the large regional accountancy and advisory business for added value in the form of closer working relationships in specialist fields.
Paul Dickson, CEO and managing partner said:
“COVID-19 has without a doubt had a devastating effect on many businesses, however, despite of – and also because of – the economic downturn, it’s more important than ever for business owners to seek professional and wide-ranging advice. With our depth and breadth of experience and services we are able to do this and we are finding that an increasing number of family-owned and owner-managed businesses are turning away from smaller firms, and at the opposite extreme, the top ten, and instead turning to us for this much-needed advice.
“To enable us to continue to support our clients it’s essential we invest in the next generation of accountants and advisers. We have a long history of growing our own talent and those who join us will not only have the opportunity to become future business leaders, but as a top 30 UK firm, they will work at the cutting edge of legislative and technical changes in accounting.
“Despite the immediate short term uncertainty that face businesses, including ours, we not only need to think about the current needs but we also need to think three to five years ahead and longer. The AAT and ATT qualification takes around two years to complete and the ACA three years to become a Chartered Accountant, so we are taking a longer term outlook as we remain cautiously optimistic about the future of our firm.
“We strongly believe our people are our business and we invest in ambitious individuals who are keen to launch their careers and take advantage of the development we offer. With 16 offices across the North of England and Scotland and 13 different service lines, there’s a huge range of scope for career direction and development available to those who choose to join us on this exciting journey.”
Armstrong Watson doesn’t see their recruitment drive slowing down and are already on the lookout for their 2021 cohort of trainees.