Thames Valley: Whitley Stimpson recruits 16 newcomers

One of the largest independent accountancy practices in the area, Whitley Stimpson, has recruited an additional 16 members of staff.

With positions filled across its four offices in Banbury, Bicester, High Wycombe and Witney, the 16 include seven trainee accountants, who will earn as they learn, acquiring professional qualifications in a real-time work situation.

Human resources manager Tracy Williams said: “This recruitment really reflects the considerable growth of the company in every area. As well as trainees, the appointments include two receptionists, a network support engineer, an HR assistant, administrators and a senior manager.”

The new recruits are just the latest in an expansion that’s seen the company grow from 61 employees four years ago, to 101 this year.  In 2016 the firm employed its first apprentice, in 2018 eight trainees have been employed under the apprenticeship scheme, including one, who is one of the first payroll apprentices in the country.

Whitley Stimpson has been ranked by the leading publication in the accountancy world as one of the country’s top accountancy firms. The accolade, received for the fifth year running from Accountancy Age, was borne from the magazine’s prestigious 2018 50+50 survey, a key part of which was devoted to the opinions of staff members.

Whitley Stimpson also has a high staff retention rate, and this year 14 employees will celebrate their 20th anniversary with the company: next year a further five staff members will reach two decades of service.

Williams added: “We have a strong history of supporting professional development, evident from the number of new trainees we employ each year and in the firm’s ability to attract and retain the best. Moreover, we continue to attract key staff from other accountancy firms within the ‘top 50’. And even with our recent influx of new employees we are always on the lookout for staff with the right experience and excellent interpersonal skills, across all aspects of the business, to grow our practice further.”