Accountancy firm expands with new partner
A north-east accountant has been appointed as a partner at the firm she joined as a student, as part of continued growth of the firm.
Lauren Thompson, 34, has been appointed partner at James Milne Chartered Accountants, after working at the firm for over 12 years.
One of the north-east’s oldest accountancy firms, James Milne has offices in Aberdeen, Inverurie and Banchory. The 130-year-old firm has increased its number of partners to five, as well as having expanded with the acquisition of two Aberdeenshire practices in 2018.
Lauren came to the firm as a summer placement student in 2005 whilst studying accountancy at the University of Aberdeen and joined the team permanently in 2006. She completed her studies and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009. Over the last ten years, Lauren has advised personal and business clients, and played a pivotal role in establishing the firm’s Banchory practice, following the acquisition of Williamsons Chartered Accountants last year.
Lauren said: “I am delighted to become a partner at James Milne. The firm has an impressive structure for learning and my fellow partners do an excellent job in mentoring staff and encouraging the next generation.
“Working for James Milne you realise we have an important role as custodians of a well-respected firm, and our partner-led personal approach allows our clients to have confidence that their accountancy and tax affairs are being well looked after.
“It is an exciting time for the firm, as through the acquisitions over the last year we have welcomed a broad spectrum of new clients, and I am looking forward to working closely with them and our existing clients.”
Graham Bridgeford, managing partner, commented: “Having progressed through the ranks, Lauren is an diligent accountant, and provides excellent advice to our clients. She has done a great job integrating our new clients and helping the new members of staff become part of the James Milne team. Lauren has always impressed us with her dedication and hard work, and I am confident she will make an excellent partner.”
James Milne serves both personal and business clients across a diverse range of industries, from the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire staples of oil and gas and agriculture through to retail, hospitality, fishing, haulage, trades, construction and many more.
It also provides support to businesses and is regularly contacted by people who are looking to start their own businesses and require assistance and advice.
The firm’s range of services, includes, accountancy, business taxation, bookkeeping, payroll services and tax planning.back