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Careers at Shapcotts Accountants

We are recruiting administrators to our administrative team that is the heart of our proactive and forward thinking accountancy practice.

The role would involve the following areas of work:

  • Dealing with clients on a day to day basis
  • Typing and Client Correspondence
  • Diary Management
  • Database Maintenance
  • Support the operation of the internal filing systems
  • Opportunities to take responsibility for administrative sub-areas
  • Other General Administrative Duties
  • Support the operation of the Marketing and Networking Activities

We are looking for someone who has the following skills and work ethics:

  • A person who is proactive and takes responsibility for their work
  • Motivated, efficient and organised
  • Works well as part of a team or as an individual
  • Is accurate with the work they complete and can work to tight deadlines
  • Appreciates what it is to provide good customer service and support clients needs to the best of their ability
  • Computer literate to operate our paperless office system and to assist the business with their aim of continuing to move forward as technology advances

What can you expect?

  • Competitive Salary based on qualifications and experience
  • Full time hours available.
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Paid overtime, TOIL and Flexitime available
  • Company Pension

Is this the opportunity for you? Find out more about Shapcotts Accountants.

Send your CV with a covering letter by e-mail to

All applications must be received by 22 September 2017.

All candidates must be able to attend the recruitment Day on 4th October 2017.

Stephen Walker FCA

After 30 years serving the Derby business community Shapcotts Accountants is expanding again with the appointment of a new senior Client Relationship and Accounts Manager. Qualified Chartered Accountant Stephen Walker (48) joins Shapcotts after 12 years as Finance Director at the Derbyshire-based logistics firm Lockwood Group. The newly created post will see Stephen lead the Accounts and Tax Team at the firm’s Derby office and balance his new role with his varied out of hours pastimes that include ten years as a junior football coach with Hilton Harriers FC, 5-a-side football, cycling and as the drummer in jazz band, Dove Valley Jazz.
Shapcotts Accountants Founder and Managing Director Melvin Shapcott comments:

“For three decades, we have been helping the Derby business community to succeed and to do this to an exceptional standard we need the most qualified, experienced and ethical staff in the marketplace. Stephen, along with the rest of our 18-strong team, fits our stringent employee requirements and we are thrilled that Stephen has chosen to join the Shapcotts family.

Stephen Walker ACA

Stephen Walker FCA

“Stephen’s extensive business experience as a Financial Director for a diverse group of companies, combined with his accounting background and qualifications, illustrates that at Shapcotts we have first-hand knowledge of how businesses operate and the challenges they face in the marketplace daily.

“Many accountants, including Shapcotts, can offer expertise in the accounting field, however, many of our senior staff have a proven track record of real world business success, something which is often a necessary requirement to advise on complex financial decision-making and enables our advice to clients to stand out from the competition.”

New recruit Stephen achieved his first Finance Director position at 36, having previously gained his Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) status in 2005 and spent 15 years in accounting practice. Stephen is looking forward to his new challenge. Stephen says:

“I have been really impressed with Shapcotts professionalism, progressive vision, commitment to its clients and continued growth. I am excited to be returning to practice again – particularly because I will be able to utilise my previous business experience and develop my role over time. I am looking forward to meeting our clients and exceeding their expectations.”

Mickleover-born Stephen has been married for nearly 20 years, has three teenage children and, together with his father and son, is a Derby County season ticket holder. Stephen notes:

“Family and community are very important to me and Shapcotts shares the same values. Its ethos is to help clients to succeed, support its local community and treat its staff like family. Combine this with its team’s hard-working, honest work ethic and Shapcotts has the recipe for success – I’m proud to be a part of it.”

I can still remember clearly the official opening of Pride Park. I was one of the many school children that took part in the opening ceremony to welcome the Queen to Derby. This was a fun couple of weeks in the lead up to the ceremony practicing with many other children from other schools so that we came together for our part of the parade. On the day of the ceremony we stood on the pitch and watched the Queen as she circled the ground in her car waving to us all as we were waving back to her. A truly memorable occasion and a great day of celebration.

I was only 12 years old at the time, and my life has since seen many changes, although I did not expect to end up working so close to the Pride Park on The Wyvern where I can see the stadium from my office.

Pride Park Opening ceremony, The Queen, July 1997

Pride Park Opening ceremony, The Queen, July 1997

I was one of the pupils that saw many changes throughout my education at Derby High School. Our year was the first year to complete the SAT’s at age 14, and the first year to take AS and A2 level exams, which are now changing again. The first year to do things continued when I went to University as I was very fortunate to be accepted on to a brand new degree course called the flying start programme which was a partnership between Newcastle University, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC). This meant I would come out of University with a Degree, part qualified as a Chartered Accountant and a job.

During my degree course I went to work at PWC for practical experience in what they called their busy season. This was the dark winter months from December through to March each year. Again I was lucky in that each year I was based in their London office which was great as it allowed me to see so much of the capital. However one year PWC did send me up to Aberdeen for a week in January and there was also a season when I only spent a week in London. It was a great experience being in London, working down there and getting an understanding of a business through the audit process that I was a part of.

After finishing at university I went to work for PWC in the same London office which I had worked in as part of my degree course. While at PWC I qualified as a Chartered Accountant. It also allowed me to gain the experience required to gain my membership. I learnt much during my time at PWC, but as my father was a Chartered Accountant in practice in Derby, the long-term plan had potentially always been to come back and work with him. As this had always been an option for me it became the option I decided to go for. In fact at my exit interview with PWC they did put down the reason for leaving was the opportunity of a lifetime, which I still today believe that it was.

And so, I came back to Derby in 2008 to work in my father’s business, Shapcotts Accountants and then in 2010, at the age of 26 became a director of the company.

Kimberley Shapcott, President of the Derby Society of Chartered Accountants

Shortly after this I became involved in The Derby Society of Chartered Accountants in 2011 as a committee member because I wanted to be involved in the promotion of Chartered Accountants in the local area. It was an honour to be appointed as President of The Derby Society of Chartered Accountants in 2016/17 and again in 2017/18 for a second term. During this time I plan to focus on engagement with the local Chartered Accountants in the area to encourage them to become involved in local events, attend the local courses that we hold at the Derby Cricket Ground on a range of topics from September through to April each year and represent them with other professions so that they are aware of what we can provide as a profession.

Personally I have, bought a house locally (within 5 minutes from the office out of rush hour which is a much better commute than the one hour commute I had in London), I got married in 2015 and we had our daughter Ezri in 2016 who is now 10 months old. It was great to be one of the 5% of the population that were able to take advantage of shared parental leave. This enabled my husband to spend more time with our daughter when she was very small and I was able to return to the business and develop this part of my life.

Professionally, my father Melvin and I have grown the business each year with organic growth and through merger with other local firms. In 2015 we acquired a long-standing Derby firm of accountants Blythe, Squires, Wilson to expand our team and clients.

2016 saw us take on a new director Nick Parkes to expand our management team. Each year we continue to grow and develop the business and are looking to continue this expansion. I love being a director at Shapcotts Accountants. At PWC the role I had within audit team was very much about checking things and looking at historic information, whereas at Shapcotts I can make a difference, help clients develop their business, look to the future not at the past to achieve their vision and goals.

During 2016 I became involved in a property business with my husband in which we started building a property portfolio. Our goal is to providing great houses to the local market and improve the quality of properties available for rent in the city. This has been a very interesting field to move into outside of Shapcotts Accountants. It has also helped me get a greater understanding of our clients that invest in property. We have a number of clients who are landlords or invest in property and having seen this first hand has enabled me to provide better advice and guidance on questions posed by clients in this sector.

This article was originally published in the Derby Telegraph on Wednesday July 19, 2017 in the special edition Pride Park Business supplement.

Careers at Shapcotts Accountants

We are recruiting Semi Senior Accountants to join our friendly accounts/tax team.

We are a well established forward thinking firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors looking to recruit Semi Senior Accountants.

We are an AAT and ACA training office that believes in giving employees experience and developing staff to their full potential.

The Role:

  • Preparation and completion of Annual Accounts for Sole Traders, Partnerships and Limited Companies.
  • Completion of Corporation Tax Computations (CT600s).
  • Assisting with Personal Tax Returns.
  • Assisting with client bookkeeping and VAT Returns.
  • Company Secretarial Work.
  • Other ad hoc work.

We are looking for:

  • Candidates who must have gained experience working within the accountancy profession to apply.
  • Ideally be a part/fully qualified AAT, or part qualified ACCA / ACA.
  • Individuals qualified by experience are also welcome to apply.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years experience within a small/medium sized independent accountancy practice.
  • Will have good IT skills.

What can you expect:

  • Competitive Salary based on qualifications and experience.
  • Full or Part-time hours available.
  • Generous holiday allowance.
  • Paid overtime, TOIL and flexitime available.
  • Company Pension Available.
  • For those wanting to progress their career further a structured training programme and study support is available for AAT, ACCA and ACA qualifications.

Is this the opportunity for you?

Send your C.V. either by email to or by post to the address below:

Practice Manager,
Shapcotts Chartered Accountants,
Charter House, Wyvern Court,
Stanier Way, Wyvern Business Park,
Derby, DE21 6BF

Closing date for applications 11 November 2016

No Agencies.

Careers at Shapcotts Accountants

We currently have opportunities in our expanding Accounts and Business Services departments for a Trainee Accounts Clerk/Bookkeeper.

We are looking for candidates with good GCSE’s or A levels (grades B or above at GCSE including Maths and English or C’s and above at AS/A level) to train and study towards the AAT qualification as part of a modern apprenticeship. The AAT qualification will be completed by day release. In house training will include practical experience of payroll, all aspects of bookkeeping, VAT and accounts preparation to ensure good all round knowledge.

The successful candidate will be motivated, have good interpersonal skills, good IT skills and have a desire and commitment to qualify as an AAT and work within the accountancy profession.

The Role will provide training in the following areas:

  • Preparation and completion of Annual Accounts for Sole Traders, Partnerships and Limited Companies.
  • Completion of Corporation Tax Computations (CT600s).
  • Assisting with client bookkeeping and VAT Returns.
  • Payroll preparation.
  • Other ad hoc work.

What can you expect:

  • Salary based on qualifications and experience.
  • Generous holiday allowance.
  • Paid overtime, TOIL and flexitime available.
  • Company Pension Available.
  • For those wanting to progress their career further a structured training programme and study support is available for AAT, ACCA and ACA qualifications.

Is this the opportunity for you?

Send your C.V. with a covering letter by e-mail to or the address below:-

Practice Manager
Shapcotts Accountants
Charter House, Wyvern Court
Stanier Way, Wyvern Business Park
Derby, DE21 6BF

Closing date for applications is 11th November 2016.
No agencies


Anyone starting out in business on their own, whether developing a brand new idea or starting your own business having been an employee for some time, there are five basic tips to assist in becoming a success:-

1. Have a Strategy

You need to keep looking ahead, working towards something. That means being proactive with what needs to be done to get there.

If you do not have a clear strategy, you will be working from day to day with very little progress. Many problems businesses experience are due to not being strategic. Set your goals and business plans to achieve them.

2. Focus on profit

the early stages of a business are likely to be a drain on cash resources. Ensure you have the finance available to cover the set up and ongoing running costs until a regular stream of income can be generated. However, the business must become self-financing to be successful and your business plans should reflect this. The aim should be to achieve profits which will provide both enough to re-invest in the business and also to make you feel it is all worth it.

3. Team commitment

you need to develop a team who are committed to the same aims as yourself. Staff commitment can not just be expected. They need to have goals set for themselves to the overall benefit of the business. They then have their goals and realise why it is they come to work each day.

The balance of the team is crucial. You need to have the right people working for you which means recruitment and training are essential.

4. Customer trust

You need your customers to trust you. That way, they will return for further business, will take on your advice and will recommend other people to you. Trust is all about consistency in the product or service you provide. We may still like people who are inconsistent but we don’t entirely trust them and may not recommend them.

5. Marketing

Don’t be afraid to let people know what you are providing. This applies to both current and prospective customers. Are your customers aware of all of the products/services that you provide? What other benefits do you provide? Free-parking? There are many things potential customers consider. Marketing is about creating a reputation for the business.

Whichever method of marketing you choose, you need to be sure it is achieving that aim. You should also ensure the benefits outweigh the cost so be careful with expensive and sophisticated marketing techniques. You don’t have to spend fortunes, you just need to be creative.

Shapcotts Accountants, a firm of Chartered Accountants, Registered Auditors and Business Advisors are pleased to announce they have merged with fellow Chartered Accountants Blythe Squires Wilson earlier this year.

Blythe’s has a long history in Derby originally Younghusband Taft & Co in the early part of the 20th Century. The firm continued to evolve to become Arthur Blythe & Co and it was in 1977 that one of the current partners, Alan Castledine, became a partner. Arthur Blythe & Co continued to serve many clients both locally and in the wider business community around Derbyshire, providing accountancy, audit, and tax services across many business sectors. In 2001 they merged with Squires Wilson, a firm established by Reg Squires and John Wilson, to form Blythe Squires Wilson.

Shapcotts Accountants, established in 1984, is currently run by Melvin Shapcott FCA and his daughter Kimberley Shapcott ACA together with their team of 18 staff from their offices at Charter House, Wyvern Court on the Wyvern Business Park.

Melvin Shapcott, Senior Director at Shapcotts Accountants, said the merger would strengthen Shapcotts Accountants position as an expanding independent firm of Chartered Accountants and business advisors, based in Derby but with clients nationwide.

He said “We have worked together with Blythes in the past and known the partners and some of the team for many years so we know that our firms have a similar culture and ethos of providing our clients with the best possible accountancy, audit, tax and general business advice possible. As a result of the merger we will be able to continue to provide a high level of service and support to both their clients and our own.”

Shapcotts Budget Summary 2015

Our ‪‎Budget‬ Summary 2015 is now available for everyone to download and read. To save you having to trawl through hundreds of pages of government and HMRC press releases, our free downloadable summary of the main changes will quickly bring you up to speed and hopefully be a lighter read. If you find it useful, please share with your contacts.

Shapcotts Budget Summary 2015