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Grant Thornton adds to special projects team with senior appointment

A new senior financial reporting manager has been appointed to the Milton Keynes office of financial and business advisers Grant Thornton as the firm continues to invest in its special projects team.

Harpal Singh joins the firm with over 10 years’ experience in the industry. He was previously based at the firm’s London office where he provided financial reporting support and technical guidance to businesses undertaking complex transactions.

Prior to this, Singh worked for the Audit Commission where he managed the auditing of public sector organisations from the police force and fire service to local councils and quickly became the lead on technical enquiries.

As part of his new role with the special projects team, he will launch a new service line which delivers external training to senior managers to equip them with the skills they need to drive growth.

He will also teach an accounts module for an executive MBA programme run at Cranfield University which has a joint partnership with Grant Thornton. The course is designed to enhance the skills of dynamic, entrepreneurs across the region.

Singh said: “Milton Keynes is home to a fantastic business community and we are continuing to see local firms prosper. However, growth can only be sustained if businesses have a strong financial underpinning. At certain stages in their lifecycle, not all businesses have these specialist skills in house which is where the special projects team can step in and provide expert support. I look forward to working with local organisations to help them build the right foundations to maximise on the opportunities in this thriving market.”

Giles Mullins, partner at Grant Thornton’s Milton Keynes office who heads up the special projects team, added: “Today’s businesses are looking for more than just tax, accounting, auditing and transaction support and we are seeing a noticeable increase in demand for more specialist services. We are delighted to welcome Harpal on board and his extensive industry experience will help to ensure businesses develop the skills they need for the future.”

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