The strength of the professional training programme at one of the region’s leading accountancy firms has been underlined as two Chartered Accountants who joined the firm as trainees less than 10 years ago are promoted to Partner.
Luke Taylor and Mike Stocks will become Partners at Smailes Goldie Group, which has offices in Hull and Barton, on 1 October 2017. Their appointments increase the number of Partners at the firm from eight to 10.
The pair, who are both in their 20s, joined the firm in September 2009, before qualifying in 2012 and being promoted to Manager in 2014. Last year, Mike and Luke both received promotions to become Associates of the firm. Both are members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
Luke’s specialism lies in accounting for academy schools, while Mike is a specialist in corporate finance transactions, with strong experience in acquisitions and disposals, due diligence and corporate restructuring.
Mike said: “I am thrilled to have completed the journey from trainee to Partner at Smailes Goldie Group. This is a great firm, which provides exceptional development opportunities to its team. The professional training we have benefited from here has been first rate and helped us progress quickly to become Partners.”
Luke added: “I am delighted to have been made Partner and I am looking forward to delivering the excellent level of service that our clients expect, as I begin my new role.
“The fact that we have both been able to progress in our careers so quickly is a testament to the quality of the training programme at Smailes Goldie Group.”
Ian Lamb, Managing Partner at the firm, said: “We would all like to congratulate Mike and Luke on their quick progression to becoming Partners of the firm.
“They have consistently provided our clients with an exceptional level of service and we are very pleased to be able to recognise this by appointing them as Partners.
“Mike and Luke’s appointments are a clear signal of our commitment to the future of our firm, ensuring that our clients can be confident of receiving the same high standard of service they are used to for many years to come.”
Last year, Peter Dearing was also promoted to become a Partner of the firm, having begun his career as a trainee at Smailes Goldie Group.