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Old Mill continues team expansion adding 17 new members of staff

South West Accountancy firm Old Mill has continued its expansion by adding 17 new members of staff, despite the impact of Covid-19.

The accountancy, business advice and financial planning firm said it “worked hard” during lockdown to ensure “staff felt secure and happy in their roles and clients received the top quality service they are used to”.

As such the business has continued to recruit into all levels of the business, including school leavers, graduates, and more experienced positions.

The new graduates include Philippa Ashe, Mitchell Stock, Bethany Irvine – who has previously worked with Old Mill on a work placement from university – and Bradley Causey. Whereas, Sophie Ewens, John Marsh, Jodie Pike, Beth Coles, who was referred to Old Mill by a client, and Tim Midgley join as apprentices.

The remaining recruits are at various stages of their careers and, along with the graduates, school leavers and apprentices, will be supported by Old Mill’s training programme to qualify in their chosen fields and further develop their careers.

Joining the Rural team are Kirstie Monnington, a qualified accountant who has relocated from London, Charles Tolley, a trainee, and Avril Riglar, an ACA qualified accountant.

Harriet Bowden and Emma Paull both will also join the Exeter office where Bowden will be part of the commercial team and Paul will work towards becoming a fully qualified accountant.

In addition, Barry O’Leary, a paraplanner will join the Wells Wealth Management team, Lorna Wooster, a client service associate, will join the Melksham office and Sarah Emmett a client service co-ordinator, will be based in Yeovil.

Ian Carlson, MD at Old Mill, said he thinks Old Mill has “remained in a strong position” and able to recruit despite the disruption lockdown has brought for a number of reasons, but primarily because they have “continued to do the basics well while adapting to remote working quickly”.

He said: “The HR team have been amazing, making all staff feel safe and secure in the ‘new normal’ and enabling us to continue to recruit just as we did in the pre-pandemic world.

“For a business of our size to bring in 17 new staff at any one time is a fantastic growth story, but to be able to do so in the current climate is even more exciting and we are delighted to be in a position to give them the opportunity to either start or further develop their careers with us.”

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