Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group has appointed Joanne Tipper and Sarah Gaskin as business development managers.
The firm said Tipper has 20 years’ experience in the hotel and hospitality industry and Gaskin has spent the last five years working in event management, while studying for a psychology and neuroscience degree.
Both will be tasked with developing the profile of the professional services group – and its Lifecycle network – amongst accountants in the North West – with Tipper covering Chester and North Wales and Gaskin working across Manchester city centre and as well as Warrington and Stoke.
They will be based at the firm’s newly launched Chester office and Manchester city centre UK HQ respectively, part of a 19-strong Leonard Curtis office network that spans the UK and Channel Islands.
Both will also determine how the services provided by Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group can support accountancy practices – filling skills gaps and extending client capabilities.
Tipper said: “This is a change of direction for me, and I am excited about combining my 20 years in business with outreach to accountants in Chester and North Wales.
“Obviously I have much to bring to a hospitality sector in serious distress at the moment and will draw on my experience, listening carefully and connecting accountants to the right advisory service to help them steer their clients through to recovery.”
Gaskin added: “I am also looking forward to getting started at Leonard Curtis. I come from a family who run an accountancy business, so have been around the industry all my life, but this is my first real role in it. It is a very tough time for businesses at the moment and I will be doing the same as Jo, getting to know people and problem solving where we can.”
Dan Booth, Leonard Curtis director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jo and Sarah to the team. They have some fantastic sector experience and great energy to bring at a time of considerable economic strain for business owners.
“Both know how to build meaningful relationships with people, which is at the heart of this role, and we wish them every success.”