South West financial experts Old Mill has welcomed 17 new starters this week as the business continues to expand, despite the impact of COVID-19.
Old Mill, which offers business, tax and wealth management advice to businesses and individuals from its offices in Exeter, Melksham, Wells and Yeovil, has worked hard during lockdown to ensure staff feel secure and happy in their roles and clients receive the top-quality service they are used to.
As a result, the firm has continued to thrive and recruit into all levels of the business, including school leavers, graduates, and more experienced positions.
The new graduates are Philippa Ashe, Mitchell Stock, Bethany Irvine and Bradley Causey. The college leavers and apprentices are Sophie Ewens, John Marsh, Jodie Pike, Beth Coles and Tim Midgley.
The other new recruits are at various stages of their careers and, along with the graduates, school leavers and apprentices, will be supported by Old Mill’s training programme to qualify in their chosen fields and further develop their careers.
Joining the Rural team is Kirstie Monnington, a qualified accountant who has relocated from London to get back to her rural roots, Charles Tolley, a trainee, and Avril Riglar, an ACA qualified accountant.
Harriet Bowden and Emma Paull both join the Exeter office where Harriet will be part of the Commercial team and Emma will work towards becoming a fully qualified accountant. Barry O’Leary, a paraplanner joins the Wells Wealth Management team, Lorna Wooster, a Client Service Associate joins the Melksham office and Sarah Emmett a Client Service Coordinator, will be based in Yeovil.
Ian Carlson, Managing Director at Old Mill, said he thinks Old Mill has remained in a strong position despite the disruption lockdown has brought because it has continued to “do the basics well while adapting to remote working quickly.”
He explained, “Our whole reputation is built on the passion we have for supporting our clients together with the trust we build with them, and this means that when the world is in turmoil and our clients need us the most, they know they can rely on us to offer expert help, support, and advice.
“The commitment of our people has been key throughout this time. They have worked tirelessly to embrace new ways of working, including helping our clients adapt to the use of video technology to hold meetings virtually. I am also hugely proud of the incredible levels of teamwork over the last few months, with colleagues always available to help each other out despite not being able to work in the same physical location as one another.”
Ian added, “For a business of our size to bring in 17 new staff at any one time is a fantastic growth story, but to be able to do so in the current climate is even more exciting and we are delighted to be in a position to give them the opportunity to either start or further develop their careers with us.”
Harriet, who started at Old Mill this week, said “Although very excited to join OM, I was a bit apprehensive about starting from home. I have been completely put at ease and made to feel very welcome. The other new starters are lovely and I’m glad to have an opportunity to get to know them before we are immersed in our different offices.”
Pictured above: The new starters at Old Mill