Bullish accountancy firm set to create new jobs

Dains' graduate intake

An acquisitive Midlands accountancy firm says it is looking to create jobs after doubling its numbers over recent months.

Dains, which now has offices across the UK, is growing its nearly 400-strong workforce after making three major acquisitions and expanding its operation on Festival Park in Stoke-on-Trent.

The firm, founded in Lichfield in 1926, is creating a range of new positions in accountancy, audit, finance, and technology as part of its growth plans.

CEO Richard McNeilly says securing private investment capital in 2021 has fuelled growth and enabled Dains to embark on a programme of acquisitions over the last 12 months.

In July, Dains bought Newcastle-based chartered accountancy firm Barringtons and has welcomed staff to its office on Festival Park.

It then followed with the acquisition of Isosceles Finance, an outsourced FD and accounting consultancy business with offices and staff based in London, Sheffield, and Edinburgh.

The most recent acquisition has been William Duncan + Co, an accountancy practice with offices in Ayr, Glasgow, and Kilmarnock, giving the group reach across the border into Scotland.

Richard McNeilly, managing partner, said: “As a business, we understand people are our greatest asset and we strive to provide a complementary working environment from flexible working hours to a fantastic benefits scheme.

“We take pride in our long heritage and the fact we have attracted some of the region’s best talent down the decades. It says something that staff choose to stay with us their whole careers and grow with the firm.

“We are delighted to be in a position to create new opportunities for talented individuals and young people joining the industry.”

Jobs currently on offer include audit senior roles in Dains’ Stoke and Birmingham offices, a corporate finance manager based at either Birmingham or Derby and an audit manager and group financial controller in the Birmingham office to name but a few.

Head of HR, Angela Millward, said: “We are always looking at ways to engage with our staff through surveys, feedback sessions and employee working parties. We employed this strategy when reviewing our benefits and hybrid working policy and I am currently working with a team of managers to develop staff career plans.

“We are passionate about supporting people in our local communities through regular charitable and volunteering activities.”

Dains operates from offices in Birmingham, Derby, Burton-on-Trent, and Stoke-on-Trent as well as its Lichfield headquarters. Former Barringtons offices in Nantwich, Market Drayton and Newport have been retained.

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