How to make the Step Up to Financial Controller

28th June 2017

If you’re looking to make the step up to Financial Controller in the near future, there are certain skills that a potential employer will look for when deciding whether to offer you the role. Your route to this position thus far may be different from that of the candidates that you’re competing against. However, to make the next step you’ll need to demonstrate a certain skillset.

Of course, the role of Financial Controller itself will vary from firm to firm. … Read more >>

What does a Hung Parliament mean for Recruitment?

15th June 2017

Following on from last Thursday’s general election, the UK is potentially in a period of great uncertainty. With the Conservative party failing to gain a majority and therefore forming a minority government with the DUP, we find ourselves with a hung parliament and the world will be watching with interest how the next few weeks and months pan out.

But what does a hung parliament mean in terms of recruitment and employment?


Obviously the biggest worry for the UK … Read more >>

How will the General Election Affect Recruitment and Employment?

7th June 2017

In the midst of all of the current political uncertainty, one thing’s for sure: on Thursday the 8th June 2017, as a nation, we will be going to the polls. There’s a lot of speculation as to what the outcome of the general election will do to recruitment and employment. We’ve been looking at the various policies being offered up by each of the political parties to see what might happen over the next few weeks and months ahead, … Read more >>

Executive Networking Lunch Success

26th May 2017

We’re really pleased to report that our recent executive networking lunches were well received and enjoyed by all. Both of the events, held at the Suffolk Food Hall and Little Channels, Chelmsford, were enjoyed by 50 Senior Commercial Executives across both dates.

As well as a delicious three course lunch and the opportunity to network, we also heard from some excellent speakers. Matthew Cole, a partner at Prettys Solicitors, was a very interesting speaker at both events, giving us an … Read more >>

What should you do if you fail a Professional Exam?

4th May 2017

If you have your heart set on a career in finance, there will come a time probably sooner rather than later when you will be required to sit a professional exam. From the ACCA for accounting roles through to the CISI if you wish to work in securities and investments, professional exams are unavoidable in the world of finance.

If you’ve already sat these exams and have passed with flying colours, that’s great; you’ll be well on your way towards … Read more >>

2017 Easter Egg campaign Success!

19th April 2017

For the first time this year, we were egg-cited (forgive us!) to launch the Mackenzie King Easter Egg donation campaign. We asked our contacts, colleagues and local businesses if they would be kind enough to donate an extra Easter egg or small gift to us, which we in turn would deliver to three local charities.

We are now happy to report that we have been completely overwhelmed by the success of this campaign! In Suffolk, we collected over 500 eggs … Read more >>

How does the Spring 2017 Budget Affect Recruitment?

31st March 2017

The Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s 2017 Spring Budget will more than likely be remembered for his U-turn on the hike in National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed. But aside from this unusual turn of events, there are some key points that recruiters can take away from this year’s budget.

With employment at a record high of 31.8 million people, and predicted growth of the UK economy by 2% in 2017, the future for both recruiters and those seeking employment certainly looks … Read more >>

The World of Accountancy is Open to Everyone

9th November 2016
Geoff Collings

Unlike many other job sectors, your success in the accountancy world is not linked directly to which type of school or university you attended. While many might perceive the accountancy profession to be made up of ‘old and stuffy’ people, the diverse nature of accountancy roles actually allows for a broad range of individuals to enter the profession.

To highlight our point, in a report published by the Sutton Trust, it found that 78% of barristers had attended Oxbridge … Read more >>

The Impact of the Gig Economy on Recruitment

20th October 2016

The rise of the so-called ‘gig economy’ looks set to alter the recruitment industry in a number of ways, but if you’re not familiar with this term, then you soon will be. It is becoming more widely known, as the number of people involved in it continues to rise. To summarise the term, the ‘gig economy’ is where self-employed or freelance workers take on a number of projects for different clients, rather than being in the permanent employment of only … Read more >>

How Consumer Confidence, House Prices and Employment are Linked Together

4th October 2016
Geoff Collings

Generally speaking, if consumer confidence is on the up then so will house prices be. If the public are feeling secure in their jobs and they feel the economy is moving in the right direction, then they are more likely to be willing to move house. It’s the old battle between supply vs. demand. As the demand for homes rises without an increase in supply, then the price will invariably go up.

Consumer confidence is a tricky beast to measure … Read more >>