Pictured left to right are Katie Waud, Lizzie Hill and Ryan Tattler

Accounting and business advisory firm HURST has strengthened its fast-growing business services team with six appointments.

Robyn Vandesande and Lizzie Hill have joined the north west firm as seniors, while the arrival of four graduate trainees has also bolstered the ranks.

Robyn has joined HURST from KJG in Manchester, while Lizzie has moved from Langricks Chartered Accountants, which has offices in Cheshire and West Yorkshire.

The trainee recruits are Daniel Bulman, who has a music degree, economics graduate Jack Deegan, geography graduate Sam Green, and Bertie Watts, who has a physics and maths degree.

Meanwhile Katie Waud and Ryan Tattler have been promoted to manager level. They are the latest promotions in the burgeoning team and more are due to be announced in the near future.

Partner Mike Jackson, head of HURST’s business services team, whose work for clients includes audit, compliance, strategic advisory, outsourcing and business planning, said: “We are seeing an exceptional period of growth across the practice, and within the business services team alone we have expanded our recurring client base by 25 per cent in the past 12 months.

“Katie and Ryan have worked tirelessly to help clients through the challenges of the year, combining positivity with great leadership qualities. Their promotions are well-deserved and reflect their fantastic contribution to the firm and our client base.

“In line with the increasing demand for our expertise, we continue to invest in recruiting the right people while at the same time enabling existing team members to progress their careers.

“We work very hard to ensure the people who join us fit our culture. They must be passionate about helping our clients to achieve their goals, as well as being ambitious for themselves and the firm as a whole. Robyn and Lizzie fit the bill perfectly.

“At the same time, we are delighted to welcome to the team our four graduate recruits, who all came through a rigorous application process, and we look forward to seeing them develop their careers with us.”

The latest additions take the HURST team to 94. The firm expects its workforce to top 100 in the coming months in line with its expanding client base and a buoyant pipeline of deals for its corporate finance team.

The firm, which is gearing up to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2022, focuses on advising entrepreneurial owner-managed companies with turnover of £5m and above.

Clients include leading entrepreneurial businesses such as Kinaxia Logistics, M&I Materials, London Lash, Beechfield Brands, Duerr’s, Oliver Valves and Delamere Dairy.