South West accountancy firm Old Mill has welcomed 10 new starters this week as part of its ongoing growth plans to double staff numbers to 600 by 2026.
Old Mill has always had a graduate trainee intake each September but following the announcement of the restructure and growth plans, new CEO Kevin Whitmarsh announced that an extra graduate intake each March would be needed to enable Old Mill to meet its “ambitious” goals.
At the end of 2021, Old Mill welcomed 16 new starters, while this month, a further 10 have joined, bringing the total to 26 in just six months. The March intake includes a number of graduates as well as some more experienced appointments, with new starters at each of Old Mill’s four offices in Yeovil, Wells, Chippenham and Exeter.
Amongst the trainees are Joe Gibbs, who joins from Albert Goodman. Gibbs, a Nottingham University graduate, will be starting as a trainee accountant in the commercial team, and will be based in the Exeter Office.
Aaron James, Alex Stansfield and Regan Killington will also join as Trainee Accountants in the commercial team, all working from the new Chippenham office. Josh Murray and Jordan Lake also join as trainee accountants; both join Old Mill’s Wells office from Exeter University,
In addition, it has appointed two new client managers – Adam Rudd and Deb Williams – both of whom will join the rural team. Rudd, who joins from Dennis and Turnbull and will be based in Chippenham, while Williams will work remotely.
Also joining are Kathleen Cox and Fay Gulwell. Fox, who previously worked for the NHS is joining as a bookkeeper at the head office in Yeovil, while Gulwell will be a new client service coordinator in the rural team in Chippenham.
Whitmarsh said: “Our growth plans – which we announced in November – target 15% growth pa with the aim of becoming the fastest growing practice in the region, and to reach that goal, we need to recruit heavily and we are therefore delighted to welcome 10 fantastic new recruits to the team.
“However, while the twice-yearly graduate intakes are a hugely important part of our growth strategy, to meet our ambitious goals, we also operate an open door recruitment policy, meaning that if we see someone good, we get them in.”
The recent restructure – which saw Old Mill move from an LLP to Ltd – makes it easier to create new shareholders, while the growth plans have enabled Old Mill to introduce “excellent incentive programmes” for those who help drive growth, all of which the firm hopes will help attract talent.
Emma Coleman, head of Recruitment at Old Mill, added: “Our new structure and growth strategy has opened up greater opportunities for our people, enabling them to progress quickly and feel well rewarded for the part they play.
“This, combined with our people-centric culture and flexible working policy which enables to create the right work-life balance – means our people also feel happy and valued, all of which is helping us to continue to attract great people and stay on target to reach 600 employees by 2026.”