A CHARTERED accountancy firm with offices in Cleckheaton is defying the economic downturn and expanding with the appointment of five new recruits.
Clough and Company, which also has offices in Keighley, has appointed Chris Newby, of Gomersal, and Jack Link, of Shipley, as trainee accountants.
Both have completed their A-levels and will begin studying towards the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification.
Trainee accountants Lucy Gittins, of Bramley, and Sohaib Sheikh, from Allerton, both join from previous employers.
Lucy is studying for her final year of AAT, whilst Sohaib continues to work towards his Associate Chartered Accountancy qualification.
All four will spend the next three years shadowing experienced team members across the firm’s numerous departments.
Clough & Company has also appointed an audit senior as a direct result of increased business in its thriving audit department.
Craig Blackburn, of Cleckheaton, spent five years at Auker Rhodes LLP and will now work in a team of 14, auditing accounts for businesses in the property, retail and manufacturing industries.
Steven Gash, practice chairman of Clough & Company, said: “These five appointments reflect our commitment to recruit and train the most talented professionals in order to provide the very best accountancy services to our valued clients.
“At a time when many professional services firms are making cuts or merging we have built up a respected business that hires, trains and keeps its talented staff to provide our clients with unrivalled continuity.”