National accountancy firm continues growth plans with two appointments

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Haines Watts

Accountancy firm Haines Watts is continuing its growth plans with two new appointments across its offices in Newcastle and Darlington.

The national company now employs over 35 staff in the North East, working with over 650 regional businesses including SMEs and not-for-profits.

Sara Andrews, a tax manager, and audit semi-senior, Dulcie Hakin have joined the growing accountancy firm.

Commenting on the role, Andrews said: “For me, the main attraction about working with Haines Watts is the growth opportunities that come as a result of the national group.

“It’s a really close-knit team and it’s great to work with such a diverse mix of business-owners and growing SMEs in the North East. I’m looking forward to working with Haines Watts.”

Andrews graduated from Newcastle University in 2012 with a degree in accounting and finance and has six years of industry experience, working as a tax consultant at with a large local firm and also within the banking sector.

Hakin graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in accounting and previously worked in the internal audit and assurance team at national accountancy firm RSM. She is currently studying to become ACA qualified.

Speaking on her new role, Hakin added: “I’m really enjoying getting to know my new colleagues and learning new external audit skills.

“Our teams are focused on offering excellent service and developing close client relationships. This, alongside the kudos of such an established firm, makes it a great place to work.”

Haines Watts is looking to recruit additional posts in the near future including an associate tax partner and a further post in its R&D team.

Donna Bulmer, managing partner, comments: “We’re delighted to welcome Sara and Dulcie to the team here at Haines Watts. As we continue to grow the North East practice, we take great pride in recruiting the very best regional talent.

“It’s important to ensure that we continue to invest in bringing fresh, innovative thinking into the firm and for our clients feel the benefit of this approach.

“We’re privileged to work with a wide range of business-owners, helping them to reach their personal and business goals. We will continue to invest in our staff on behalf of our valued clients.”

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