Staff stories.

Calum Mitchell

I joined Buzzacott as an Audit Assistant in the Charity and Not-for-Profit team in January 2015, having previously graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Economics with German.

During the recruitment process I was struck by how at ease I was made to feel during interviews, and this sentiment continued upon commencement of the role itself.

The three-year training contract period is divided between working with clients and attending college in order to progress through the ACA qualification. This formal education process provides technical knowledge and theory which proves useful in a wide range of professional contexts, and also adds variety to working life. Having the opportunity to gain work experience while also studying for the ACA has been incredibly valuable.

The team has a breadth of clients across the sector, ranging from international aid and development charities through to social enterprises, covering religious organisations and educational institutions between. This allows trainees to specialise once they have gained broad initial experience, and I have found that the warmth of the team itself is also echoed by the clients we work with.

Buzzacott is a firm with an inclusive, welcoming culture, and a genuine team spirit. As the firm is entirely based under one roof, the atmosphere is collaborative and we are easily able to seek information from other specialist teams when necessary. The social committee regularly organises events which allow us to develop relationships with colleagues we don’t directly work with.

Daryan Devereaux

I joined Buzzacott as an Accounts Assistant in the Corporate Finance team in the summer of 2017. Having just made the decision to leave university, it was nerve wracking to say the least. Considering I studied History and German at university and had never had any experience working in a financial sector, Buzzacott really could not have made the transition any smoother.

I have found the experience of working, as well as attending college and studying for exams, both challenging and rewarding. Having on-the-job experience really does help when you are learning a particular topic and it has eased my nerves when taking exams, helping me pass all of them so far. Although I am still studying for my AAT qualification, I do not feel as though I am unable to do my job efficiently. My colleagues trust me to work to the best of my ability and I have gained independence when working with clients.

Even as a trainee, you really feel a sense of community at Buzzacott. I feel valued in my position and confident enough to give my opinion on situations that arise. Everyone is always willing and eager to help and I know everyone at Buzzacott is hoping that we succeed.

One thing I have really enjoyed at Buzzacott is the atmosphere in the work place. For a professional environment, the office is still young and I enjoy coming to work every day. Buzzacott encourages each employee to interact with each other on both professional and social levels and I believe this is why everyone works so well as a team.

I would encourage all trainees to consider Buzzacott for their future career. There really is a place for everyone here.

Pete Ratcliffe

I am a Graduate Trainee in the Corporate Tax team which I joined in October 2015. Since joining I have been involved in a number of different projects and worked for a wide range of clients. In fact, from day one I have been directly involved in preparing and filing tax returns as well as helping to solve clients’ tax issues.

The team is relatively small but has a great depth of knowledge, so I get the opportunity to work closely with other trainees, managers, directors and even partners. Everyone is approachable and happy to help; I always feel comfortable asking questions, no matter how daft. 

Regarding studies, all the trainees undertake the ATT and CTA qualifications. There is a lot of support from the other trainees and those who have qualified, so I am never short of someone to ask for help. It’s great that Buzzacott understand the importance of the exams and actually go out of their way to help us prepare.  

When applying I was attracted to Buzzacott because of the friendly yet professional atmosphere, and I wasn’t disappointed when I joined. I immediately felt like I was part of a tight-knit community and my time here has flown by. There are lots of opportunities to get to know the other members of the firm, be it at social events or even just at the afternoon tea run, so it hasn’t taken me long to get to know the majority of my floor and the wider company. 

I know the difficulties of choosing what kind of job and which companies to apply for, but Buzzacott made it easy for me from the first interview as I immediately felt welcome and I haven’t looked back since.

Anna-Louise Shipley

I studied English at Loughborough University and was a little nervous about coming in from a non-financial background, but I have never felt at a disadvantage. In actual fact, I think my English degree has made me feel more valuable as I am always being asked little questions about grammar!

I knew Buzzacott had a great reputation and, as I expected, the way I was treated throughout the recruitment process, and the feel of the offices when I arrived, was very professional. However, I didn't expect the whole atmosphere to be quite so vibrant, friendly and young.

The Corporate team has a bit of a reputation for being very sociable. Our regular social events are a great way to get to know everyone in the team, from partners and directors to other graduates, on a more personal level. Knowing everyone personally means that you're never afraid to ask questions.

I wanted to work for a medium sized firm where I believe you have the opportunity to gain a wider range of experience than in large firms.

In my job, I have a good mix of being in and out of the office. In my client facing role I often have the opportunity to meet our clients' directors and financial directors which is a great way to learn about businesses at a higher level. Having the whole firm in one office people really know one another and talk face to face, rather than via email. I've been able to work with everyone from the chairman to new graduates.