Leading independent audit, accounting and business advisory firm, Cowgills, has appointed Alex Hesketh as its latest partner.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHesketh, 35, who joined the Bolton-based firm\u2019s graduate scheme in 2007 has more latterly been responsible for growing the company\u2019s international client base and has advised a number of high-profile clients on both their inward and outward overseas investment plans.\r\n\r\nHe is also heavily involved in the firm\u2019s family business offering and through a combination of succession and new client wins, has significantly grown his client portfolio over recent years.\r\n\r\nManaging partner, Paul Stansfield, said: \u201cAlex has been with Cowgills from day one of his career. He is highly regarded by peers and clients and has been instrumental in helping build important external relationships in the wider professional community. It\u2019s extremely pleasing for a product of our graduate recruitment scheme to be admitted to the partnership and vindicates the investment we make in the program. This promotion is extremely well deserved.\u201d\r\n\r\nHesketh added: \u201cIt is rare to join a firm as a graduate trainee and make a complete progression through to partnership. This clearly demonstrates the scope for personal development at the firm, which has been facilitated through a period of uninhibited growth and a remarkable support network.\r\n\r\n\u201cWithout the backing of the partners and the commitment consistently demonstrated by my colleagues, this simply wouldn\u2019t have happened. We continue to invest in the development of young talent and I believe it is only a matter of time before other graduates are also made partner. I look forward to contributing to the future success of the firm in a leadership capacity.\u201d\r\n\r\nCowgills is rolling out a four-year development plan to establish it as the independent firm of choice for the north west by 2023, when it will celebrate its 40th anniversary. The firm also said it was on its way to achieving that goal having recorded record group revenues in 2018.