TWO mid-tier accountancy firms have secured their places in the latest Sunday Times Best 100 Companies mid-size list.
West Country practice Bishop Fleming made it into the first half at 49th position, while Scottish-based Anderson Anderson & Brown were 52nd in the category for companies with 250-3,000 employees.
Bishop Fleming, which boasts offices in Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Truro, and Worcester and 310 staff, scooped the prestigious placing on its first attempt.
The league table accreditation is based on employee feedback and acknowledges employers that regard employee development as a key element of their success.
Matthew Lee, managing partner at Bishop Fleming, said: “This is fantastic news for the firm and is a reflection of the hard work that we put in to make sure that our business is a great place to work.
“We have always had a culture that is focussed on people who are at the heart of our business and our clients’ businesses. The firm fosters a positive team culture with a family spirit, and our working environment ensures that every person has the opportunity to achieve his or her fullest potential.”
The firm, ranked 36th in the Accountancy Age Top 50+50 sponsored by Wolters Kluwer, recently secured its ‘Investors in People’ accreditation, and an “outstanding” accreditation for ‘investors in customers’.
Aberdeen’s Anderson Anderson Brown, 27th in Top 50+50, secured the 52nd slot in the Sunday Times list.
The 261-strong firm recently launched a new strategy and values, aiming to become Scotland’s largest independent accounting firm, and recognise that “exceptional people are our greatest asset.”
Senior managers are encouraged to devolve daily business and concentrate on strategy. The firm has created a charitable foundation to channel fundraising and donations, and is moving to a purpose-built office this year.
The firm first appeared on The Sunday Times’ small list and has now been promoted to its mid-size league.
It recently won an ‘Investors in Young People’ gold award and since its foundation in 1990 has promoted five employees from graduate trainee to partner.
Richard Oddy, Casper Kaars Sijpesteijn and Rory Goldthorpe have been appointed to senior roles in key sectors of high growth, with a further 17 junior and experienced hires
Richard White, Nicola Westbrooke and Richard Ross all join from KPMG, where they oversaw the real estate tax practice
Sheryl Davis joins the firm's High Wycombe office from Barnes Roffe
The appointments have been made across the VAT, audit and international tax teams