People on the Move: Kampus; Claritas Tax; DTE Business Advisers; RSM

Rochelle Silverstein

Manchester’s new £250m neighbourhood, Kampus, has appointed a new head of commercial to curate the retail and leisure mix at the development.

Rochelle Silverstein joins the Kampus team after five years as associate director of retail & leisure at Allied London, where she worked on Spinningfields, London Road Fire Station and St John’s.#

A joint venture between Henry Boot Developments and Capital & Centric, the development on Aytoun Street is currently under construction with doors due to open in Summer 2020.

Kampus will feature more than 500 apartments with 45,000 sq ft for independent bars, restaurants, cafes, wellness and shops across five eclectic buildings.

Overlooking the Rochdale Canal and with a lush garden at its heart, the developers say Kampus is set to be Manchester’s most exciting leisure destination. It includes a range of diverse and quirky spaces, including the Bungalow – a disused security cabin on stilts – and Little David Street, a cobbled street closed off for decades.

The new neighbourhood will also feature a second garden off Chorlton Street flanked by bars, restaurants and shops.

Rochelle said: “Kampus is a stand-out development for Manchester. It’s diverse, has so much character and an amazing location.

“We’ve got a rare opportunity to build a bustling and inclusive community right in the heart of the city – with proper gardens and well thought-out public spaces.

“My passion lies in working with creative and independent hospitality and retail operators so Kampus is a natural fit for me. We’re working with the best operators in the market to create something eclectic and authentic that adds to the vibrancy of the area.

“I can’t wait to bring it to life.”

Adam Brady, of Henry Boot Developments, said: “With independent eateries, drinking holes and shops, to events in the gardens and workshops in the Bungalow, there’s going to be a lot going on at Kampus.

“The commercial and outdoor space will really set the tone for Kampus so we’ve been hand-picking operators who really understand the community we’re looking to create.

“We’ve got some pretty unique spaces on offer and Rochelle’s the perfect person to make sure we curate the right mix.”

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Tax boutique Claritas is expanding its senior team in Manchester with the appointment of Peter Hully as senior manager.

Hully joins Claritas with more than 15 years’ tax experience, dealing with buy and sell side tax structuring and due diligence, the implementation of employee share schemes, corporate reorganisations, R&D tax credit and patent box claims.

Peter Hully, left, and Matt Hodgson

Before joining Claritas, Hully started his career with BDO before moving to Cooper Parry in the Midlands where he worked closely with their mid-market client base and their in-house corporate finance team.

He said: “It’s an exciting time to join Claritas due to its rapid year-on-year growth and expansion into the North West market. Claritas has been on my radar since the firm first established itself in Birmingham, and having worked with Matt Hodgson at my previous firm on various deals it was a natural move for me to make.

“Claritas have acted as lead tax adviser on over 25 buy and sell-side deals in the last 12 months, as well as working with some of the most well-respected mid-market businesses and investors. Therefore, it’s clear to me that there is a gap in the market to grow a sizeable multi-disciplinary tax practice in the North West and I’m delighted to be part of that journey.”

Matt Hodgson, partner and head of Claritas’ Manchester office, said: “In a world of increasingly niche tax specialisms and well documented independence issues, Claritas is successfully filling the sizeable gap left in the mid-market where businesses and investors can have a sensible discussion about all of their personal and corporate tax affairs under one roof.

“Finding someone with Peter’s skillset and technical ability is not easy, so I’m naturally delighted to have him on board in Manchester.”

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In line with its consistent growth, Bury-based DTE Business Advisers has promoted two members of staff to audit managers following their three years of training at the firm and extensive work done for DTE clients, including SMEs in various sectors across the Greater Manchester and North West region.

Hannah Hall and Lauren Tabbron joined DTE as graduate trainees, both qualifying as Chartered Accountants in 2018 and have worked at the company for five years and four years, respectively.

Both work in the audit and advisory team supporting businesses throughout the North West.

Lauren also specialises in working with professional practices.

Lauren Tabbron and Hannah Hall

In their new position as audit managers, Hannah and Lauren will continue to work closely with clients to support them in their needs, overseeing audit fieldwork as well as supervising the training of juniors.

Fiona O’Loughlin, director and head of audit at DTE, said: “Promoting Hannah and Lauren to managers reflects DTE’s ethos of nurturing and rewarding talented staff as we continue in our mission to provide unrivalled hands-on service to our clients.”

Hannah said: “I am glad I made the decision to undertake a career in audit and accountancy with DTE. As DTE are a mid-size practice I have been able to gain experience in a range of services from audit & accounts, tax and corporate finance. This variety has allowed me to grasp the aspirations and challenges our clients face more thoroughly whilst building a strong rapport with our clients.”

Lauren said: “A lot of our clients are owner-managed businesses and so there is both the need and the opportunity for us to work closely with them to make sure we deliver measurable benefits and help them extract maximum shareholder value.”

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Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has expanded its team in the North West with the appointment of 53 new school leaver and graduate trainees – an uplift of 10% when compared with last year.

The new trainees will begin their careers within the firm’s audit, accounting and business advisory, tax, risk, corporate finance and restructuring faculties and will be based in the firm’s offices in Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Stoke and Chester.

These regional appointments are part of another record intake of 400 trainees across RSM’s UK office network, up on the 314 who joined the firm last year, as part of its continued bid to strengthen the wider growth of the firm and to become first choice adviser to middle-market leaders globally.

The new recruits will start their RSM careers on an intensive training course and will also commence study towards their professional qualifications.

Jill Jones

Jill Jones, RSM’s regional managing partner in the North West, said: “I am extremely proud to welcome this group of very talented new trainees to the firm. This reflects the continued growth of the business and marks an exciting time for RSM in the region.

“Each trainee has the potential to be a future leader and we are committed to providing our new joiners from school or university with all the support they need to develop throughout their careers.

“Our trainees need to be committed and prepared to work hard, but if they do the opportunities are there for the taking; from experience of working across our broad range of client services to international secondments, and continuous career progression.”

RSM offers trainees a range of career opportunities from technical development and overseas secondments to participation in key corporate and social responsibility activity, including taking on the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award.

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