Investment in new staff and IT at Geens Chartered Accountants

With pic: New staff at Geens: Hannah Sutcliffe, Margaret Furreddu, Alistair Currie, Angelina Furreddu.
Geens Chartered Accountants have added four more new staff to their growing Stoke-based team.
The recruitment drive includes investment in future talent with the appointment of two apprentices and is part of a long-term growth strategy.
The long-established firm has added a pay roll officer and two apprentices, while also recruiting a boost to the front office function with a new receptionist and admin assistant.
Karen Lowe, one of five Directors at the Liverpool Road, Stoke, company, said: “We have experienced a period of growth, adding new clients and this has generated new jobs at Geens. We have also invested heavily in IT and software to ensure that staff have the best solutions on the market to provide services to a very high standard.
“Our policy is to recruit and equip our staff by promoting excellence in training. This means that staff development and retention is continuously at the highest levels and that we grow an experienced team. We have, therefore, been able to reward staff members with internal promotion opportunities, which is a source of pride to Geens’ Directors.”
Recent new starters include Margaret Furreddu, an experienced pay roll officer who has been taken on by Geens after returning to live in Stoke-on-Trent in 2018 and apprentices Hannah Sutcliffe and Alistair Currie, who have joined Geens having both passed their AAT Level 2 exams at Newcastle-under-Lyme College, gaining Distinctions. Angelina Furreddu joins Geens as the company’s new receptionist and admin support.
Geens has developed a mutually beneficial relationship with Newcastle-under-Lyme College and this was recognised as the company was named as Best Small Employer in the College’s awards programme.
Karen added: “We have a policy of taking on apprentices each year which we train and support through their AAT exams. This supports our staff retention policy and provides long-term professional opportunities. Frequently, these apprentices go on to continue their professional studies with further tax or chartered qualifications. As an example, Chris Beeston, a fellow Director, joined Geens after taking his GCSEs, trained with the company and gained promotion right to the very top.”
Geens is also working with clients to ensure they are MTD ready. Making Tax Digital, the new Government rules, will mean that most VAT-registered businesses have to complete their VAT returns with direct digital links to HMRC’s new platform.
“We have seen expansion across the board, through probate, tax planning to payroll and bookkeeping areas of our business and expect to see further growth with the introduction of Making Tax Digital, in April 2019,” said Karen. “This will mean radical changes for many small businesses as all bookkeeping must be done digitally and be compatible with HMRC gateway. To ensure we are best able to advise we have enrolled early into their pilot scheme. We are confident that our investment in IT services will serve our clients well”
For further information about Geens, please go online to www.geens.co.uk.
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