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Bevan Buckland LLP to support more graduates and school leavers to career success

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Wales’ largest independent accountancy and financial planning firm, Bevan Buckland LLP, is opening up its Training Academy applications for graduates and school leavers early this year as the firm continues to grow.

The firm, which has offices throughout South West Wales, launched its Training Academy programme in 2019 and has seen some of the first round of recruits already progress through the firm as they train towards becoming Qualified Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors. 

Vanessa Thomas-Parry, Head of People Operations at Bevan Buckland LLP said: “Launching the Training Academy was an important step for us, we wanted to put more emphasis on recruiting and developing young talent to help the firm grow and provide training opportunities to support jobs and skills within the region.

“The Training Academy initiative has been one of the most rewarding things we have done as a business. It is great seeing enthusiastic young recruits quickly progressing their skills and adding value to the business. Our trainees benefit from structured pathway towards a professional qualification, ongoing support and get stuck in with helping our clients from day one. Our 2019 and 2020 academy recruits are already proving to be a real asset.”

Corey Edwards, who joined the Bevan Buckland LLP Training Academy in 2019, says: “The Training Academy has given me such a good start in my accountancy career, and it has opened my eyes to how varied it can be. It has been a steep learning curve, but I have very much felt supported by my colleagues and mentors along the way.

“I have learned so much and I feel well-equipped to look after the needs of our clients and to contribute in a meaningful way to our team here at Bevan Buckland LLP. I would encourage anyone with an interest in carving out a career in accountancy to consider applying for this year’s intake. I have surprised myself by how much I have learned and taken on board and how much more confident I have become, and I am grateful to Bevan Buckland LLP for investing in me and my future.”

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Vanessa adds: “Clearly, these are difficult times for young people – the employment market has been hit hard by the pandemic. We feel it is important for us to do what we can to help young graduates and school-leavers to take their first step on their career ladder and to take advantage of sound training in a workplace environment that will lay the foundations for a stable career. It also underlines our commitment to creating and supporting highly skilled jobs and careers within the south west Wales region. 

“We have been delighted by the quality of recruits who have come through our doors since we set up the Academy and we are sure 2021’s intake will be similarly committed and impressive.”

To be eligible for the Training Academy applicants must be:

  • A current undergraduate in the final year of study, on track to receive a grade of 2:1 or above
  • A graduate who has graduated within the last two years, achieving a grade of 2:1 or above
  • A postgraduate who also obtained their undergraduate (within the last two years)

School Leaver:

  • Holds or is working towards 3 A-Levels (at grade B or above) or;
  • Holds or is working towards AAT at level 3 or 4 plus 2 A-Levels (at grade B or above)

To apply, go here: https://www.bevanbuckland.co.uk/about-us/careers/training-academy-2021/

Applications close on 2 April 2021.

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Bevan Buckland LLP is the largest independent accountancy firm in Wales providing practical support and strategic accounting, tax and financial planning advice for small to medium-sized businesses. Headquartered in Swansea, the firm has offices in Carmarthen, Pembroke, Haverfordwest and St David’s.

Lead image: L – R Corey Edwards, Vanessa Thomas-Parry and Hannah Hicks from Bevan Buckland LLP


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Jenkins family set to grow Capel Hendre business as the UK’s leading manufacturer of chimney cowls and flue systems

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Midtec, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of chimney cowls and flue systems has completed the construction of 2500 square feet of additional manufacturing space at Capel Hendre Industrial Estate near Ammanford, using a £220,000 loan from the Development Bank of Wales.

Formed in 2003 by Managing Director, Trefor Jenkins, Midtec first benefitted from investment from the Development Bank in 2005.

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They have since had several rounds of funding from the Development Bank to support growth plans and the next generation is looking to the future with the new additional space being used to house a state of the art ENSIS laser cutting machine, supplied by Amada.

Trefor said: “The ongoing support of the Development Bank means that we’ve been able to grow the business, drive efficiencies and invest in new market opportunities. We’ve also introduced new products including the MidCat, an innovative solution for reducing the pollution created by wood burning stoves and the only one of its kind in the UK.”

“Our latest investment in our technology means that we can now offer a laser cutting service that will help to improve our quality and production processes and save time on the turnaround of customer orders. We hope that this will play an important part in our future growth. Indeed, our turnover is on target to exceed £2 million this year and I’m delighted that my son Thomas and daughter Hannah are already playing a vital role in the business as we focus on our long-term sustainability.”

Midtec make chimney cowls and flue systems at their Capel Hendre manufacturing base
Midtec make chimney cowls and flue systems at their Capel Hendre manufacturing base

Richard Easton, a Portfolio Executive with the Development Bank, said: “Midtec is a family run and owned business that is known for its high quality and excellent customer service. With our continued support, Trefor, Thomas, Hannah and the team have created a modern manufacturing facility that has a really exciting future ahead.”

The loan came from the £204 million Wales Business Fund which is financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Welsh Government. Loans, mezzanine finance, and equity investments are available for deals between £50,000 and £2 million with terms ranging from one to seven years for small and medium-sized businesses (those with fewer than 250 employees) based in Wales, or willing to relocate to Wales.

Construction company TRJ of Ammanford carried out the building work, while Jamie Reynolds of Cennen Solutions has also been providing strategic support.

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Award-winning Pembrokeshire pub celebrates ultrafast broadband boost

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An award-winning pub in the heart of Pembrokeshire has been supplied with ultrafast fibre broadband in a move to boost connectivity in the area.

In 2010, Simon Vickers and Sian Mathias took over 300-year-old award-winning pub, The Griffin, moving from the city to their home roots with their two children for a lifestyle change. Accidental Chef, Simon, was also recently named Pub Chef of the Year 2021.

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The couple celebrated their new broadband connection last Friday (15th July), which has been supplied courtesy of Broadway Broadband.

They were joined by Pembrokeshire Council members Patrick Hannon and Michael Odlin as well as County Councillor Paul Miller, and members of the Broadway Broadband team.

Broadway Broadband has pledged to connect all 224 properties in Dale Village with ultrafast fibre broadband, in their aim to tackle the digital divide currently affecting remote, hard-to-reach areas of Wales.

The area surrounding The Griffin Inn had previously grappled with poor download speeds of around 5-10Mbps, with Superfast and Ultrafast packages completely unavailable. The package supplied by Broadway offers speeds of 100 Mbps for only £19.99 per month.

The new connection hopes to provide a boost for businesses and residents in the local area, who rely so heavily on the internet for day-to-day activity.

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Pembrokeshire Council members Patrick Hannon and Michael Odlin as well as County Councillor Paul Miller, and members of the Broadway Broadband team.

Simon Vickers/Sian Mathias, co-owner of The Griffin Inn, said: “We are over the moon to have now been connected by Broadway to fast broadband! This will bring much needed stability and speed to The Griffin Inn which relies on digital connectivity for almost all aspects of its daily running.

“On top of that, Dale Village is a popular tourist destination for families and water sport enthusiasts, so we hope our broadband upgrade will draw in more tourists looking for a ‘staycation’ holiday.”

Reece Simmons, Wales Regional Manager, Broadway Partners, said: “It has been great to witness first-hand the positive impact superfast, reliable broadband can have on local communities who previously have been disadvantaged by frustratingly slow internet speeds.

“The first connection in Dale Village at The Griffin Inn is a welcome first step in our goal to connect all the properties in the area with affordable, highspeed, reliable broadband and begin to bridge this connectivity gap we see across many rural areas”.

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Aldi retains title of ‘UK’s cheapest supermarket’

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As Brits continue to look for ways to cut household costs, consumer group Which? has yet again named Aldi as the cheapest UK supermarket.

With savings of £12.62 compared to the average Big Four basket, Aldi says its shoppers can be confident they’re getting the best deal.

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Which? conducted its monthly Cheapest Supermarket price comparison and looked at the cost of a basket of 47 items, including groceries and household essentials, with Aldi coming in cheapest at just £74.23.

The same shopping cost a whopping £16.91 more at Morrisons and £12.54 more at Tesco.

The independent consumer group’s research also found Aldi to be a massive £25.23 cheaper than the most expensive supermarket, Waitrose, for an equivalent basket of items.

The full results of the research are as follows:

RankRetailerAverage £
1Aldi74.23
2Lidl75.61
3Asda83.22
4Sainsbury’s86.27
5Tesco86.77
6Morrisons91.14
7Ocado95.33
8Waitrose99.46

Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi, said: “We know that across the nation many families are finding things tough due to the cost of living crisis. At Aldi, we’re determined to help by keeping costs low and quality high for our customers. We’re thrilled to yet again be named the UK’s cheapest supermarket.”

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