A small accountancy firm’s commitment to training has brought recognition for its very first apprentice with short-listing in a major business awards scheme.
Hemingway Bailey of Beverley is a finalist in the training category of the Chamber, Bridlington and East Coast Business Awards, which will be presented at the Spa Royal Hall next month.
The accolade marks a milestone in the career of the business, which was only formed by experienced Chartered Management Accountant Alan Hemingway in 2010.
It also acknowledges the firm’s commitment to training and the achievements already of apprentice Evie Molloy, who only joined the business earlier this year.
Alan, who has worked in industry as an accountant for more than 20 years, launched Hemingway Bailey as a sole practitioner but aims to build an organisation of 15 to 20 people over the next five years, with training at the heart of the expansion.
His policy is to give trainees as much direct experience of the profession as possible, and to complement that with personal and professional development opportunities outside the business.
That approach has seen Evie combine studies at East Riding College with hands-on involvement in clients’ businesses and mentoring young people at Hull Children’s University.
Evie said: “When Alan offered me an apprenticeship I couldn’t wait to get started on my career but I never thought in a million years I would be finding corrections on accounts and helping people with cash flow forecasts after just a few months.”
Alan added: “We believe that early exposure to different situations with supervision means an employee advances much more quickly and also they find the role much more rewarding.
“We have a philosophy of stretching our trainees so that they are faced with situations that they would not normally encounter. This helps to boost their confidence and makes them more comfortable at tackling new challenges.”
“Mentoring at Hull Children’s University and presenting at Network events mean presentation skills are improved very early on and this equips the trainees to be confident, well rounded business people in the future.”