Thorne Widgery looks to future expansion with latest appointments - Thorne Widgery

April was a busy month for Thorne Widgery, what with the introduction of Making Tax Digital and the start of a new tax year.

However, the month also marked another major landmark in the firm’s history with its appointment of several new staff members as we continue to grow our practice.

One of the first changes to our team was the appointment of Greg Smith as our dedicated Payroll Manager.

Greg comes to us from another local accountancy practice, which was based across the Midlands and Hereford.

Working with all types of clients, from single director companies all the way up to companies with more than 100 staff, Greg believes that payroll is just as important regardless of the size of the business and that staff are and always will be the most important asset to any company.

“I love what Thorne Widgery are doing with technology at the moment and I want to get involved in this to try and advance payroll provision,” said Greg.

“Most payroll teams are using software that is 10 or more years old, but I want to advance technology in this area to deliver an even better service to clients.”

Greg said that his goal was to deliver ‘something extra’ to existing clients by expanding the level of service on offer and hoped to grow the payroll team further in the future.

Our firm’s second appointment is Jess Pritchard, as our Sales and Marketing Manager.

Jess has enjoyed a diverse career, with her previous position seeing her head up the marketing team for one of the UK’s leading builders of luxury sheds, playhouses and treehouses.

A holder of the prestigious ACIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) qualification, her focus is very much on building Thorne Widgery’s brand using new and traditional forms of media.

“I felt like a change and this is a big departure to what I did before in terms of the type of service that the firm provides and its audience, but I can’t wait to take on this new challenge,” said Jessica.

“I see social media playing an important role in our communications in future as it ties in with our wider forward-thinking approach as a firm.

“Thorne Widgery has an excellent reputation for its marketing and I hope to be able to live up to this in my work.”

She said that she is already working on new marketing plans with the firm’s directors to build up TW’s presence beyond Hereford.

Jessica will be taking over from Diane Sheldon, who will be making a sideways move into a newly created role within Thorne Widgery as HR Manager.

Prior to taking over the marketing role at Thorne Widgery, Diane had previously worked and qualified in recruiting as well as being an experienced Office Manager with personnel responsibilities.

She said: “I am really looking forward to my new role within Thorne Widgery. Although I have previously worked in recruitment this is a big transition for me and I am looking forward to supporting the firm and our exceptional team.

“My main role will focus on personal development plans for our individual staff members and supporting them with their training.

“I also want to encourage the creation of new roles based upon our existing teams’ interests and expertise, so that I can help fulfil their goals and ambitions.”

She said that TW was looking to begin recruiting for new AAT and ACCA trainees to join them on apprenticeships this year.

“In addition to applicants who may be applying straight from college or university, we are also looking for people who have spent a few years working in a commercial environment and who have the right attitude,” she added.

Our final appointment is Lyddia Pearson. She joins the practice as a part-time bookkeeper working out of the both of our offices. Having been self-employed for sometime to assist with childcare, Lyddia, who is AAT qualified, has now decided to join our firm to gain new experience.

She said: “I want to make further progress in my career and I felt that now was the right time to join a practice. The location of the two offices were the perfect fit for me so far everyone has been really supportive and welcoming.

“The training I have had so far has been really good and I never feel like I am at a loose end. I can’t wait to see where my new position will take me next.”

The recent changes and the creation of new roles at Thorne Widgery reflect our intended expansion as a practice, as we plan not only for our own future but that of our sister brand Bridge 3.

We are very fortunate to enjoy excellent staff retention and so these latest appointments can only seek to enhance our existing team as we continue to grow.

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