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North East Times: September Edition

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Solutions Recruitment Accountancy & Finance in focus


Solutions Recruitment, established in 1984 and headquartered in Newcastle, is a leading independent North East Recruitment agency. Covering multidiscipline recruitment across a range of sectors means our expert consultants are well placed to uncover market trends and opportunities.


The Finance & Accountancy team consists of Divisional Director, John Barron and Consultants Carl Maw and James Colwill who between them have over 20 years of experience specialising within the Accounts & Finance market.


John commented “The Accountancy Practice Profession has seen some significant changes over the past 8 years I have been specialising in the field, many of them, if not all in my opinion are very much so for the better. I have noticed that many more firms are freshening up their image and approach to the market, coming away from the stigma of being the ‘stuffy old boys club’ of accountants. This, I believe, has been one of the big positives from the UK’s recent recession. Speaking to Partners of firms throughout the region, they say they have had to focus on exactly what their clients want, not just their standard needs of statutory accounts, audit and tax affairs. Therefore, we have seen many firms glam up and modernise their offices and lots have revamped their image and branding.


2014 has been the busiest year I have witnessed in recruitment for accountancy firms, from trainees to partners. Additionally, Partners throughout the region are keen to recruit technically strong accountants as always, but are also putting an emphasis on their ability to befriend clients and build robust relationships.


Over the coming years, where historically the North East accountancy firms have had an aging partner profile, we will see more and more ‘next generation’ practitioners coming to the forefront and with this, a really exciting future for the Professional Practice market.”


Carl Maw, who joined Solutions 2 years ago after working for a large national agency looks after senior industry placements.


He commented “Recruiting qualified accountants within the North East can be varied and challenging at times based on the generic makeup of the area. Over the past 5 years the North East has seen a positive swing from the once dominant hold of heavy industry to a more balanced range of SMEs, Shared Service Centres and Global Businesses taking up long term residence. This coupled with long term investment from the Universities makes the North East recruitment market a thriving and ever changing one.


I look after the recruitment of qualified accountants and senior finance professionals covering qualifications including ACA, ACCA, CIMA and CIPFA. The range of job positions I manage varies from those seeking a first move out of Accountancy Practice to Finance Director and everything in-between!


I have been very fortunate to have built strong and lasting relationships with clients and candidates over the years, but in this era of social media I really believe it is important to embrace this resource. By becoming an active blogger on sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook I have found I can extend my network across the length and breadth of the UK ensuring a national service is achieved.”


James Colwill is the most recent addition to the team, and James solely focuses on the industrial side of junior accountancy, working across SME’s to large national and multinational organisations.


He commented “Currently the industrial sector seems to be gaining more confidence with a greater demand for permanent positions, hopefully demonstrating a recovering economy. Many businesses are showing more confidence in expanding, therefore increasing the need for all areas of accountancy staff.


I deal with both temporary and permanent positions, ranging from fully qualified at technician level (MAAT), to part qualified accountants (ACA, ACCA, CIMA).”


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Posted on 9th Sep 14

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