A FIRM of chartered accountants and business advisers has made 13 new appointments in the last quarter of 2012 as it continues to win new business both in the region and further afield.
Newcastle-based UNW has acquired a new suite of meeting rooms at its Citygate office, providing an additional 50% more space.
New staff members range from school-leavers and graduates to more senior business advisers, further strengthening the firm’s 84-strong workforce.
UNW’s partner Andrew Wilson said: “The two key pillars of our business are our clients and our team.
“We have been winning new work in the market place across all service offerings and the quality of our team is the key contributor to these wins. Our clients buy into experience, expertise and service excellence, therefore investing in the team is critically important.
“In the last year, we’ve made experienced hires in the areas of financial modelling, forensics, VAT and turnaround.
“Of equal importance, however, is the next generation and we have also been recruiting school-leavers, graduates and recently qualified accountants who demonstrated the capabilities required to succeed in our profession.”
The firm has grown between 15% and 20% every year for the last six years and has recorded a turnover in excess of £5m this year.
Against a background of redundancies and generally stagnant growth in the professional services sector, UNW has been picking up work and enjoying continual growth.
“UNW is experiencing solid and consistent demand for its support across all four business sectors,” said company partner Steve Lant. “We are predominantly North East-based but we do have clients in London and recently we sent our auditing team to Ukraine as a lot of our clients have international interests.
“Six years ago, when I first started, the company’s turnover was £1.6m and we barely filled 5,000sq ft of office space. Now we have 11,000sq ft and we’re full.
“We do a very good job for our existing clients and we continue to attract new work. It’s scary to think what we would have been doing if we weren’t in a recession.”
The audit and assurance team has benefited from new appointments including Katharine Matthews who joins as manager; audit seniors Michael McCulloch and Michael Robinson; audit assistant Sam Praszczalek; graduate trainees Sahil Nayyar, Ashley Wright, Nicola Bullock and Rebecca Scott in addition to Aaron Jowsey and Hayley Robertson who have been awarded apprenticeships as accounting technicians.
The appointment of experienced turnaround specialist Bob Morton completes the current phase of appointments.
During the course of 2012, UNW’s younger members of staff have represented both the firm and the region in the finals of national competitions, coupled with its Investors in People Gold Standard award.