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More than 100 job seekers attended a recruitment event at leading East Midlands business advisory and accountancy firm PKF Cooper Parry.
The event was held at the company’s ‘Google-esque’ headquarters at East Midlands airport and involved a presentation from the CEO Ade Cheatham, office tours and various stands showcasing the business’s current and future opportunities.
CEO Ade Cheatham said he was delighted with the turnout at the event and encouraged by the level of skills and talent currently on offer in the region.
He said: “We were thrilled to see more than 100 people at our recruitment event. Our office was buzzing with people who were eager to learn more about the PKF Cooper Parry ethos and the opportunities on offer with us.
“We have recently announced our plans to open a Birmingham office, as well as our incredible people benefits such as unlimited holiday, flexible working hours, an email curfew between 7pm and 7am and lots more.”
“We met a lot of really interesting and promising candidates who expressed an interest in working with us and have already started receiving applications for a number of roles on offer.”
PKF Cooper Parry also launched 10 new internship places at the event, which will all start in August 2015.
Ade added: “Our 12 month internships are a fantastic opportunity for people looking to gain experience working in a variety of key business areas, providing exciting and challenging opportunities for personal and professional development.
“They will offer successful candidates the chance to sample working within our various teams and wide client base, while at the same time making a difference, and having fun.”
“We are on a mission to alter the view of accountancy as a dull profession to one full of dynamism and forward thinking individuals.
“People with drive and ambition are exactly what we are looking for and we were delighted to see so many promising personalities at our open day.”
Roles currently available at PKF Cooper Parry include the 10 internships, two positions in the restructuring team, three in the IT team, four in audit and three in the tax team as well as a number of AAT and ATT trainee positions.
The next half yearly recruitment day for the firm will take place on Thursday, October 15. To register for the event or to find out more about any of the positions available, visit our Recruitment Open Day – Registration page.
Following its announcement of plans to open a Birmingham office, leading business advisory and accountancy firm PKF Cooper Parry is working with a Business Development Executive to help build a wide contact base in the West Midlands.
Adrian Gill is working for the firm, which recently moved its three teams from Leicester, Nottingham and Derby into one Google-esque super-office at East Midlands Airport.
Adrian was previously commercial director for HSBC in Birmingham. Due to his extensive knowledge of businesses in the area, his brief at PKF Cooper Parry is to build a strong and organic pool of contacts in and around Birmingham, raising the firm’s profile and attracting new clients for when it opens its new office.
He said: “After 40 years in banking, many of which were spent in the West Midlands where I integrated three HSBC centres into one in Birmingham with an income stream in excess of £20m per annum, I decided to retire.
“However, after six months of retirement I was approached by PKF Cooper Parry to help to build their profile in Birmingham and I couldn’t resist the offer. The firm is extremely forward thinking and full of energy, which is infectious as soon as you step through the doors of the new office.
“My task is to help PKF Cooper Parry with raising their profile in Birmingham, using my contacts within the business community, in the £10m to £200m turnover category.
“The overall aim is to boost PKF Cooper Parry’s national reputation and help to position the firm as the leading business advisory and accountancy firm in the West and East Midlands.”
Adrian explained that one of the challenges for an accountancy firm opening a Birmingham office was the current economic climate, with business picking up at different rates in different areas following the recession.
He said: “The West Midlands is a challenging area to penetrate because it is home to a lot of manufacturing businesses which experienced really tough times recently. However, we are going in to this with our eyes open and, thanks to the global reach of the PKF network, we know what we have to offer clients is a really appealing suite of services with the potential for both national and international business development.”
Chief executive at PKF Cooper Parry Ade Cheatham said he was thrilled to be working with Adrian and confident that he would help to boost the profile of the firm’s new base in Birmingham.
Ade said: “Adrian has an extensive list of contacts in the West Midlands and very wide experience, spanning several sectors of banking at HSBC. We are delighted that he has joined our firm and we are looking forward to building relationships with many of his contacts in Birmingham.”
PKF Cooper Parry are currently looking at the options for the move into the West Midlands market, be it through a merger, acquisition or taking key individuals on board. The firm hopes to take on around 75 new staff at the new office.
Following the move to its new ‘Google-esque’ style office and strong growth in the last year, leading business advisory and accountancy firm PKF Cooper Parry has outlined plans to open a Birmingham office.
The firm, which joined forces with the global accountancy network PKF International in January 2014, is looking to create a base with 75 or more staff in the city centre.
PKF Cooper Parry are currently looking at the options for the move into the West Midlands market, be it through a merger, acquisition or taking key individuals on board.
CEO at PKF Cooper Parry Ade Cheatham said the new Birmingham office would be a reflection of the firm’s ambitious and bold three year plan.
He said: “Since moving to our new office, which visitors have dubbed ‘Google-esque’ in its design, layout and atmosphere, we’ve been full steam ahead with our plans for expansion and domination of our market aiming to double in size in the next 3 years.
“We would want to be in the heart of the business community, so we wouldn’t want to service it, or even try to service it, from the East Midlands. We need to be in Birmingham city centre where the action is.”
Ade added that the move was part of a very clear and defined plan, recently outlined at the firm’s CEO roadshows where all team members from trainees to Directors, attend an annual strategy session.
He said: “I see our continued success as a reflection of the hard work and dedication of every single member of our team, from board members to students. We are really flying at the moment, with our business growing and many of our clients expanding too which has been helped by our international links.
“Now we’re at a point of standing back, taking stock and looking to the future and where we go next. We’ve got a clear plan of how to do that.”
The firm brought staff from its Nottingham, Derby and Leicester bases under one roof at the East Midlands Airport “super office” in May last year.
It has also taken on 60 new team members over the last 12 months – bringing its headcount to 220 – and is currently recruiting across most parts of the business. Wealth management grew by 57 per cent last year, and there was a 25% growth in its tax and audit business.
Ade added that as well as collaboration with other UK firms, joining up with PKF International has provided a platform for international work.
“Our clients were increasingly looking overseas in terms of their aspirations and where they’re taking trading. We needed a stronger international network, support and a greater reach, which PKF gave us.
“The level of inbound work we’re seeing and opportunities introduced to us from overseas member firms is significantly higher than we’ve ever seen,” he said.
PKF Cooper Parry has appointed serial entrepreneur Brett Critchley to head up its IT team, to dramatically expand its Microsoft Cloud offering, infrastructure & IT outsourcing services.
Brett will be a partner at the firm, driving the now 25-strong IT team forward with his vision for PKF Cooper Parry to be the No.1 IT Solutions provider in the Midlands. .
Brett established his first company, Orchid IT in 1996. Initially working from his bedroom at home, the company grew rapidly to become a well-respected business in Derbyshire with £10m turnover, winning several customer service awards prior to it being sold to GCI in 2011.
Brett said: “As soon as I met Ade Cheatham CEO, and the other partners, I knew PKF Cooper Parry was a place I wanted to work. You walk in and you see 200 plus people with smiles on their faces in a vibrant, quirky office – and the last thing you think is ‘accountants.’ Continue reading..
PKF Cooper Parry is hosting a recruitment open day as it looks to find the most talented people in the Midlands to join its ranks.
The firm is currently recruiting for a full spectrum of roles from school leaver to senior managers and the event on 24 March, is open to anyone who is interested in a career in accountancy, IT, wealth management or support services.
Ade Cheatham CEO at PKF Cooper Parry said the event demonstrated their drive for expansion and dedication to recruit the best candidates from across the region to join the firm.
He said: “With open holidays, flexible working and a whole host of other HR initiatives, we are always happy to hear from ambitious, switched on people to join our team.”
“PKF Cooper Parry is growing across all teams and we are inviting anyone who is looking to work in a quirky environment, with an incredible culture, to come along and see what we are all about.”
As part of the event attendees will be taken on a tour of the ‘Google-esque’ offices and given the opportunity to speak to members of PKF Cooper Parry’s audit, IT, tax, wealth, restructuring and support services teams.
The firm already has 10 full-time immediate positions and 12 training contracts available but they are expected to have further openings in the near future.
PKF Cooper Parry is currently planning an expansion to the West Midlands, with a new office to be based in Birmingham and is aiming to double in size in the next 2 years.
This comes off the back of strong growth in the last year with 20% growth in its tax and audit business.
The event will be held at PKF Cooper Parry’s Sky View offices on 24 March 2015 from 4-7pm.
Senior Tax Manager Julian Rosser highlights the new requirements
In the 2014 Budget, HMRC announced that Businesses will have to adjust how they calculate their VAT to include supplies made to businesses which allow or receive prompt payment discounts (PPD).
At present, HMRC allows suppliers to account for VAT on discounted prices offered as part of a PPD even when the offer is not taken up. This does not cause a problem for VAT because the VAT figure is constant and doesn’t change whatever the customer pays. Continue reading …
Martin Firbank, Head of Retail at PKF Cooper Parry, comments on George Osborne’s announcement of a review of the Business Rates system.
In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor recognised the calls from retailers and organisations such as the British Retail Consortium (BRC) for reform of the business rates system when he outlined plans for a review of the issues which is intended to have completed in time for the April 2016 Budget.
His announcement may be the first step towards building a fairer system although the full remit of the review remains to be seen. Continue reading …
Cooper Parry Wealth are delighted to have been shortlisted in the prestigious Professional Adviser Awards 2015 – Adviser Firm of the Year (Midlands) category. The award aims to recognise the best financial planning firms across the country. Continue reading…
PKF Cooper Parry’s Head of Restructuring Tyrone Courtman looks at options available to UK retailers
Numerous UK retailers have pursued the Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) route in recent years with varying levels of success. A CVA can be used to reduce or reschedule historic debts, with agreement from its creditors, over a fixed time period to allow breathing space for a business to continue trading.
One recent example is baby and maternity retailer Mamas & Papas, who have successfully agreed reductions on rent and more flexibility in payments to their creditors. Only time will tell if this move is enough to rescue their business, as companies such as JJB Sports, Oddbins and Blacks Outdoor went into administration shortly after entering a CVA….read the full article here