L-R: Claire Yeats and Claire Priestley, directors at Clarand Accountants

Clarand Accountants celebrates first birthday with apprentice investment

Clarand Accountants has marked a successful first year in business by taking on an apprentice accountant at its offices in Corbridge.

Emily Atkinson, 17 from Prudhoe joins the Clarand team on a one year Apprenticeship scheme from Gateshead College as a Trainee Accountant and is working towards her Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification over the next three years.

During her time at Clarand Accountants Emily will learn how accountancy practice works in today’s environment and her main duties will include bookkeeping, analysis work and VAT returns.

Claire Priestley, director at Clarand Accountants said: “We couldn’t have wished for a better first year for Clarand. We needed to grow our team in line with our constantly expanding and diverse client base and taking on an apprentice was something that we were keen to do. We wanted to invest in local, young talent and give someone the opportunity to gain valuable work experience to complement their studies.

“Already Emily is proving to be a great asset to the team. We look forward to seeing how she can help our business grow further in our second year, as well as helping her to grow personally and professionally.”

Emily said: “I’m really happy to have the opportunity to gain accounting experience at Clarand. As it’s an owner-managed business I get to learn all aspects of what goes on in a small business and practice, and benefit from the hands-on nature of the way the directors work with their clients.

“I have a great mentor in director Claire Yeats, who also completed an accountancy Apprenticeship to study for the AAT before going on to gain her Chartered status and set up Clarand with Claire Priestley. Following in Claire’s footsteps inspires me to work as hard as possible so that I can also be successful in my career.”

As part of its investment in small business growth Clarand supports local not-for-profit businesses, including Northumberland Tourism and Corbridge Tennis Club, and is a sponsor of Corbridge Music Festival and Tynedale Beer Festival.

Claire Yeats, director at Clarand Accountants said: “Although our clients are based throughout the UK and overseas we are passionate about supporting small businesses like us and investing in North East job creation. We have already been able to generate one new role, and hope to add another team member by the end of the year. We remain focused on being a small, modern accountancy practice providing excellent service to our clients.”

Clarand Accountants celebrated their first birthday with clients and business partners in the cocktail lounge at the Angel in Corbridge

For more information please visit www.clarandaccountants.co.uk

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