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Azets Wealth Management has expanded its team with seven new senior members and promoted seven staff members to meet increasing demand across the UK. The appointments and promotions include financial planners, an Employee Benefits consultant, Continuous Improvement manager, and directors in Scotland. The team will collaborate with Azets’ private client, tax, and business advisory teams to offer a wide range of financial and tax management services.

Cowgills has named Paul Hammond as its first indirect tax partner. Hammond, previously leading the North-West indirect tax team at PwC and later at Grant Thornton, will work with Lisa Wilson, head of tax, to develop the firm’s VAT, environmental tax, and duty services. The appointment aligns with Cowgills’ ongoing growth, having recently added four partners to its team.

Magma Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers has appointed Paul Pownall as head of operations. In his new role, he will manage the firm’s HR, IT, finance, and marketing professionals, focusing on enhancing client service and operational efficiencies. Magma continues to grow and expand, and Pownall’s extensive experience will support the firm’s ongoing development.

KPMG UK’s professional development pathway, including its flagship program, Core Consulting, has received accreditation from the Chartered Management Consultant (ChMC) competency framework. Core Consulting, an intensive five-day program designed to upskill consultants, will now be recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The program emphasises empathy, collaboration, and technical expertise development. It will be extended to new graduates and has already been delivered to over 800 KPMG consultants. The ChMC has gained popularity, with many consultants working toward chartered status.

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