Pair go from trainees to partners in just 10 years at Hull accountancy firm

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Nov 2017

A HULL accountancy firm say the future is bright after promoting two of its chartered accounts to become partners. 

The move highlights the strength of the firm’s professional training programme, with both new partners having joined the firm as trainees less than ten  years ago. 

Luke Taylor and Mike Stocks have been named as partners at Smailes Goldie Group, which has offices in Hull and Barton. 

Their appointments increase the number of partners at the firm from eight to ten.

The pair, who are both in their 20s, joined the firm in September 2009, before qualifying in 2012 and being promoted to managers in 2014. 

Last year, Mike and Luke both received promotions to become associates of the firm. Both are members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). 

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Mark Sharpley, a partner at Smailes Goldie, hailed the two new partners, saying they showed a bright future is ahead. 

Mr Sharpley said: “It’s quite a big moment for the firm. Smailes Goldie has been about for 135 years and I can’t recall two people being appointed as partners at the same time  before. 

“Mike and Luke are both local guys who have developed and completed with us. 

“They are only 29 and 27, respectively, and I think this just shows the impact they have had at the firm. 

“They are both in it for the long haul and I think that  shows there is a bright future ahead. 

“I’ve been here for 30 years and other partners have been here 20 years and more so fully hope  they will continue to impress here for many years. 

“It’s been a good time for the firm. We have about 120 people here now – we have effectively doubled in size in the building at Freetown Way compared to when we were at St Stephen’s Square. 

“We pride ourselves at being at the forefront of the industry in the region. We have the office in Barton as well, and we are really going from strength to strength.”

Mr Stocks said: “I am thrilled to have completed the journey from trainee to partner at Smailes Goldie Group. This is a great firm, which provides exceptional development opportunities to its team.  The professional training we have benefited from here has been first rate and helped us progress quickly to become partners.”

Mr Taylor said: “I am delighted to have been made partner and I am looking forward to delivering the excellent level of service  our clients expect, as I begin my new role.

“The fact that we have both been able to progress in our careers so quickly is a testament to the quality of the training programme at Smailes Goldie Group.”

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Ian Lamb, managing partner at the firm, said: “We would all like to congratulate Mike and Luke on their quick progression to becoming partners of the firm.

“They have consistently provided our clients with an exceptional level of service and we are very pleased to be able to recognise this by appointing them as partners.

“Mike and Luke’s appointments are a clear signal of our commitment to the future of our firm, ensuring  our clients will be confident of receive the same high standard of service they are used to for many years to come.”

Last year, Peter Dearing was also promoted to become a partner of the firm, having begun his career as a trainee

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