Mazars Welcome 12 new Trainees

Bondholder Mazars has welcomed 12 new trainees to its East Midlands offices. 

The new trainees will be taking up roles across the fast-growing Audit, Consulting and Tax teams, and are part of a nationwide intake of 195 trainees, drawn from 25 countries.

The trainees began their journey at the Mazars’ annual “Ignite” welcome conference, and will receive intensive training as they begin their studies towards their professional qualifications including AAT, ACA, ACCA, ATT, CFAB, CII, ICAS, AFA and IIA. Their respective trainee programmes will enable them to work across a range of clients and to develop the range of skills that will set them up for long and successful careers.

Alistair Wesson, East Midlands Managing Partner, said: “I am delighted to welcome our 2017 intake. We place huge value on a trainee programme and want their time with us to count.

“Delivering outstanding quality to our clients is at the heart of everything we do and our people are key to making this happen, and I am sure that our new trainees will be valuable assets to the teams they are joining and to the clients they will be working with.”

New Starter for Mazars

Ed Hamblin joins Bondholder Mazars as Senior Administrator, as the company expands its Restructuring Services team.

In his new role, Ed he will bring strong advisory and technical experience across a broad range of sectors. He joins a national team of over 100 reorganisation and recovery professionals dedicated to helping businesses in difficulty. 

East Midlands Managing Partner, Alistair Wesson, said: "Ed is joining the Mazars team in Nottingham as a Senior Administrator within Restructuring Services and there is a strong possibility that he will progress to a more senior level in the future.

"Ed’s background in dealing with significant and sizeable insolvency procedures will improve the experience and offering to both current and future Mazars clients."

Ed said: "Mazars is a forward-thinking firm with a strong culture and values that will benefit me in the long term. In particular, Mazars in the East Midlands has grown significantly in the last four years and that is something that I look forward to being a part of.

“I am also looking forward to working with Restructuring Services Senior Manager Paul Maloney and the rest of the Restructuring Services team and using my experience gained over the last eight years to add to the already excellent Restructuring Services offering by Mazars both nationally and particularly in the East Midlands."

Trio of Promotions at Mazars

Bondholder Mazars has announced three promotions and plans to further grow the team.

Pete Wood has been promoted to Corporate Finance Director, while Vardi Bhalla and Katrina Ford-Marsden make the step up to Assistant Tax Manager.

Pete joined Mazars in 2014. He has nine years' experience of corporate finance experience, advising clients on disposals, MBOs/MBIs, fund-raising and strategic planning.

Katrina has been with Mazars since 2015. She makes the step up to Assistant Tax Manager having enjoyed a varied career working in various roles in audit, accounts preparation and business services. When she joined Mazars she decided to concentrate solely on tax, and the move has paid dividends.

Vardi joined Mazars in 2014 having worked in Birmingham as a Tax Senior in a Capital Allowances team for two years.

Alistair Wesson, East Midlands Managing Partner at Mazars, said: "I'd like to congratulate Pete, Katrina and Vardi on their promotions, and look forward to seeing them grow their own careers - and Mazars - in the future. All three have become invaluable members of the team, and their promotions show just how much Mazars is committed to developing the talent of the future."

Continued Growth for Mazars

Bondholder Mazars has reported its fifth successive year of growth, and an increase in income of nearly 40% since 2012. 

The firm’s overall fee income increased from £149 million to £160 million, representing 7% growth.

Phil Verity, UK Senior Partner said: “I am proud that we have achieved such consistent growth in our business with increases in turnover and profit. Our growth has been sustainable and provides an excellent foundation for the next four years.

“Looking ahead we will continue to invest in our business to achieve further long-term sustainable growth. Our people are critical to this and we remain committed to nurturing and developing talent to deliver trust, create value and offer exceptional service to our clients.”

The firm has also recently announced the appointment of Kumail Dhirani as Audit Senior.

Kumail joins the company after a four and a half year career working as an auditor in Tanzania in the Eastern African branch of an international accountancy firm.

Kumail said: “Mazars has a fantastic reputation not just in the UK but worldwide and coupled with its impressive size and plans for further growth, I knew that the firm would be best placed for me to continue my auditing career.

"Mazars is well equipped with highly experienced individuals who specifically serve the needs of their clients which was also something that attracted me to the role. I believe that as auditors we tailor our approach to suit the client and I was pleased to see that at Mazars, they shared the same aims, objectives and work methods that I have always found important.”

Mazars' New Recruits

It’s so great to welcome both Louise and Gareth to the team. This year we have already attracted quite a few new recruits, but these latest additions will strengthen our offering here in the region even more, adding further value and support to our clients.

These are very exciting times for our East Midlands team who have gone from strength to strength over the past year and we’re all looking forward to even more great things in the year to come
— Alistair Wesson, East Midlands Managing Partner

Bondholder accountancy and business advisory firm, Mazars has welcomed two new employees to the business. 

VAT Manager, Gareth Jones, and Audit Senior Manager, Louise Garcia, are the latest recruits to join the firm.

Having worked in VAT for over 12 years, including four years with HMRC, Mountsorrel-local Gareth brings a wealth of experience to the role, and will be responsible for supporting clients and providing VAT advice.

Gareth said: “It’s a pleasure to join such a fantastic company. I was initially drawn to Mazars because of its commitment to growing the business in the East Midlands, which is something that is very important to me and I’m really looking forward to seeing the company grow even further.”

With over 25 years’ experience, Louise Garcia will be responsible for the company’s client relationships, client service and will be the first port of call for many of the firm’s clients. She will also help in the continued investment and development of Mazars.

Louise said; “I was first attracted to Mazars because of its international reach and the breadth and depth of the firm’s reputation. The great thing about Mazars is that it has lots of specialisms and is a big company yet it has the capability of both a high quality service and a focused approach for its clients."

Mazars Scoop Top Prize

Bondholder Mazars has been awarded the Top 50 Tax Team of the Year award at the 2016 British Accountancy Awards.

The judging panel recognised that the team from Mazars “looks to deal with the major challenges of delivering a modern-day tax service, that of transparency and ethics. Alongside their approach (the team) also illustrated their success with impressive figures.”
Tim Davies, partner and UK Head of Tax at Mazars, commented: “On behalf of the team, we are delighted to have won this award. To be recognised for our thought leadership, commitment to clients, innovation and growth is true testament to our culture and commitment, as well as our expertise.”
Senior Partner of Mazars UK, Phil Verity, continued: “Tax has always been an area that Mazars is known for. Tim and the rest of our UK tax team continuously work hard to deliver our services in a positively different way.

"A way that supports our clients and adds value, considers the specific needs of their businesses and the sectors in which they operate, and is reflective of immediate and long-term changing market conditions. This award is very much deserved.”

Mazars welcomes 170+ trainees in the UK

Bondholder Mazars, a leading international tax, accountancy and advisory firm, is pleased to welcome this year’s intake of more than 170 trainees.  

The new joiners, from school leavers to graduates and those on industrial placements, will be working across a range of service lines including audit, tax, outsourcing, financial planning, consulting, forensic and investigation services, employee benefits and actuarial. Trainees will be joining teams in almost every office including the firm’s East Midlands offices.

Trainees began their journey with Mazars last week at the firm's annual Ignite welcome conference, and will receive intensive training as they begin their studies towards their professional qualifications, including AAT, ACA, ACCA, ATT, CFAB, CII, ICAS, AFA and IIA. Trainees enjoy working with a diverse mix of clients at Mazars and have a range of career opportunities, including international secondments. 

Chris Darlington, Partner at Mazars said: “I am delighted to welcome our 2016 intake. We really value our trainees and want their time with us to count. We offer a range of career opportunities including international assignments and the chance to work with a truly diverse mix of clients."

"Delivering outstanding quality to our clients is at the heart of everything we do and our people are key to making this happen. I am sure that our new trainees will be valuable assets to the teams they are joining and to the clients they will be working with.”

Mazars was recently recognised as an outstanding employer for trainees, being ranked 2nd in the list of best accounting and professional services firm for school and college leavers, ahead of the Big Four, including BDO, Grant Thornton and RSM.

Finalists announced for Chamber Awards

The annual East Midlands Chamber Business Awards is back with a range of Bondholders competing as finalists.

We have a good cross-section of businesses represented this year and they all deserve their place on the list.
— Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber

Bondholder finalists include Anoki, Balls2Marketing, Derby Museums (shortlisted for two categories), DrivenMedia, Foundation Derbyshire, Purpose Media, Sky Recruitment and HUUB, which is a finalist for four categories.

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber, said: "As always, we had a bumper crop of entries and our sponsors had a difficult task in whittling entrants in each category down to a final three. We have a good cross-section of businesses represented this year and they all deserve their place on the list."

Many Bondholders are also sponsoring categories including: East Midlands Trains, PKF Cooper Parry, RDS Global, Rolls-Royce and Mazars, which is sponsoring three categories across the region.

The East Midlands Chamber Business Awards 2016 for Derbyshire will be held on 16th September at the Roundhouse with the gala dinner being hosted by ITV Weather presenter, Emma Jesson.