Financial Appointments: Grant Thornton; Thompson Wright; Legion Trade Finance

Grant Thornton strengthens Employer Solutions team

GRANT Thornton has boosted its 10-strong Employer Solutions team in Birmingham with the appointment of Mick Verney as senior manager.
Verney joins Grant Thornton following nearly 17 years at KPMG in Nottingham, 10 of which were specialising in employment tax in the education sector, where he developed bespoke policies and practices to help clients manage their employer compliance and governance. Prior to moving into private practice in 1997, Verney spent over 24 years with HM Revenue & Customs in Nottingham and Derby, where he was an employment tax compliance officer.
Verney said: “With HMRC’s ever-sharpening focus on tax avoidance and the expectation that businesses take responsibility for their governance and control processes, it is vital that we help our clients to ensure that their systems are transparent and robust, particularly in the face of a constantly changing compliance landscape.”
James Hemphill, head of Grant Thornton’s Employer Solutions team in Birmingham, added: “Recruitment and retention of talented people is a top priority for businesses across the region at the moment, as skills shortages are having an effect across a range of sectors. As a result they are looking at offering wider choices of benefits which are tax efficient for their organisations and employees as well as being fully tax compliant.”

Thompson Wright appoints new director after sales success

Jess Swinton, Thompson Wright Chartered AccountantsSTAFFORDSHIRE-based Thompson Wright Chartered Accountants has strengthened its management team with the appointment of a new director.

The firm, which has offices in Newcastle under Lyme and Leek, is managed by a team of four directors: David Wright, Richard Thompson, Keith Evans and Jeremy Bostock.

They have now been joined by Jess Swinton, who originally joined the firm in December 2012. She has extensive experience specialising in owner managed businesses from start-ups right through to sale, businesses facing difficulties to those wanting to expand in a wide variety of different sectors.

During her two years with the firm she has successfully signed up a number of new clients. This has contributed to the growth of Thompson Wright workforce to more than 50 employees.

She said: “I came to Thompson Wright because it is a well respected firm with an enviable professional reputation.

“In my new role I aim to uphold and build on that heritage so we can continue to grow and thrive as a business for another 30 years.”

Legion Trade Finance strengthens Birmingham team

Graham Meek, Business Development Executive, Legion Trade FinanceLEGION Trade Finance has grown its team in Birmingham with the appointment of Graham Meek (left) as a new Business Development Executive.

The firm said the expansion was part of its continued growth strategy to deploy much needed capital to the UK’s SMEs.

In addition to its base in Brindleyplace, Legion also has offices in Henley-on-Thames, Manchester and London. The firm provides structured trade finance solutions allowing businesses to pay suppliers for goods.

Paul Levy, Head of Business Development at Legion, said: “We have ambitious plans to grow our book over the next few years. Graham will be a key part of that process.”

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