Professional and financial services group Smith and Williamson has appointed a “record” number of trainee chartered accountants to its Southampton branch.
The seven new appointments include Annalie Muirhead, Hassan Ahmady, Lewis Martin, Peter Harris, Thomas Larminie, Issac Mills and Matthew Dolbear, who have received training contracts.
Smith and Williamson said the new trainees will receive “hands-on client exposure” within a range of industries and business structures immediately after joining.
The seven recruits will also be studying for their ACA professional qualification, whilst at the Southampton firm.
Andrew Edmonds, managing partner at the South Coast office, said: “We are delighted to welcome our new trainee intake who join us here at our Southampton office.
“This is the largest trainee recruitment drive we have made within our Southampton office and they are a crucial part of the future growth and success of the firm. We fully support and invest in their training programme to provide a stimulating environment in which they can gain essential skills, expertise and commercial acumen.”
Earlier this week, Smith and Williamson’s Bristol site revealed it had appointed 30 recruits in the past six months, including Zoe Thomas as head of business tax, Louise Thornhill as head of investment management and Nigel Hardy to lead the firm’s assurance and business services function in the city.
Meanwhile, Kelly Jones has been appointed a partner in assurance and business services (ABS), with Helen Bassett and Marcus Graham being made directors in ABS and transaction services.
Most recently, David Gage, head of VAT and real estate at Smith & Williamson in Bristol, has been appointed a director.