Whitley Stimpson delivers solid business grounding to accountancy trainees

Leading accountancy firm Whitley Stimpson is recruiting three new accountancy trainees to its ranks as the company continues its expansion. The Banbury-based firm will equip its new trainee intake with the fundamentals of business and family accounting, together with a first rate grounding in business and understanding of best practice in professional service provision. The news follows its increased 2011 intake, which set the firm apart from its peers by highlighting a commitment to recruiting recent graduates despite tough economic conditions.

The accountancy firm is also pleased to announce that Seonad MacLeod and Michelle Charley have passed their final ICAEW exams.

“Whitley Stimpson remains committed to recruiting and developing trainees,” comments Malcolm Higgs, Partner at Whitley Stimpson. “We recognise that motivated and knowledgeable employees are the lifeblood of our firm, and take every measure to ensure that staff consistently embrace new challenges and benefit from regular training and development reviews.”

A former Whitley Stimpson employee, who trained as a chartered accountant with the firm for four years, was recently named as one of the most influential people in the UK tax profession. Giles Mooney was awarded a prestigious ’40 under 40’ accolade by Tax Journal magazine. He co-owns three Oxfordshire-based professional service businesses offering tax support and advice to a broad spectrum of clients from lawyers and accountants to HM Treasury.

Whitley Stimpson, whose accountancy specialists have provided financial advice to businesses and individuals for more than 80 years, is an authorised ICAEW training employer with an acknowledged reputation for training and development. The firm has created a structured programme of training for employees, combining comprehensive internal seminars with highly respected industry-run courses. Many trainees go on to become long-serving employees, with one former employee, Anne Davidson, retiring this summer after 37 years with the firm.

“Anne has delivered outstanding support and customer service throughout her many years with the firm, and has excelled in staying informed of the latest developments and regulations within the tax profession,” says Malcolm. “From the time she first joined us in 1975, she has been a valued and highly professional member of the team. We wish her all the best for the future.”

Trainee Katie Haslam joins the firm with a degree in Maths from the University of Bath. While Nathan Bignell and Mark Palett join with A-levels and will study for the Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business. All three will study for industry-approved ACA qualifications and will be based at the firm’s Banbury and High Wycombe offices. In addition to the new trainees, Whitley Stimpson also welcomes Tracey Gill, who joins as Payroll Manager, and Sian Viglieno, an experienced accountant.

For further information or to learn more about joining Whitley Stimpson as a graduate trainee, please visit www.whitleystimpson.co.uk or call 01295 270200.

(Photograph: Nathan Bignell, Katie Haslam and Mark Pallett)

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