Award-winning apprenticeship programme turns five

An award-winning apprenticeship scheme launched by expanding Worcestershire accountants Ormerod Rutter is marking its fifth year in operation. Set up to address a skills shortage across the sector, the programme has given invaluable accountancy and IT career opportunities to 38 ambitious young people from across the county since 2012. The fast-growing firm, which was named medium apprenticeship employer of the year at the 2015 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, is currently seeking…

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Accountants spread Christmas cheer at food bank

Staff at Worcestershire accountants Ormerod Rutter put their own Christmas wishes to one side to help a local charity. Employees from the firm’s offices in Droitwich and Bromsgrove collected a wide range of items for Droitwich Spa Food Bank, which is based at the town’s Baptist Church in Ombersley Street East. The collection was co-ordinated by the secretarial services department and the festive haul delivered to the food bank. Ormerod…

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Business community backs Red Lion’s lounge launch

A Worcester pub and restaurant showcased its new business facilities with a networking event. Some 40 guests from the county’s business community and beyond attended the launch of the Business Lounge at The Red Lion in Holt Heath, which was hosted in conjunction with Worcester media consultancy Chris Green Media. Attendees enjoyed authentic Caribbean food created by tenant/chef Victoria Cullen and poetry readings from Worcestershire’s Poet Laureate Emeritus Maggie Doyle….

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Experienced recruiter joins A1 team

Bristol and London-based A1 Recruitment Solutions has welcomed an experienced international recruiter to its growing team. Kay Ghafoor, who has 25 years’ expertise dealing with both public and private sector employers, joins A1 as an associate consultant. Ms Ghafoor will work alongside business development director Tom Easen and recruitment consultant Matt Atherton to secure positions for candidates in education, IT and rec to rec and meet national and international clients’…

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Record number of apprentices for accountancy firm

Fast-growing Worcestershire accountants Ormerod Rutter has taken on its biggest cohort of apprentices this autumn. The firm, which was named medium apprenticeship employer of the year at the 2015 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, has welcomed 15 accountancy and IT apprentices aged between 16 and 20 to its offices in Droitwich Spa and Bromsgrove. Ormerod Rutter launched its apprenticeship programme in 2012 in response to a skills shortage across the sector. Accounts…

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Chiles takes charge of county’s charity dance spectacular

TV and radio presenter Adrian Chiles will be at the helm when charity dance contest Strictly Worcestershire returns next spring. Chiles, who hails from Hagley, will host the black tie fund-raiser at the Chateau Impney in Droitwich Spa on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Profits from the event, sponsored by drp and A1 Recruitment Solutions, will go to Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Awareness Group and the £1.6 million Rory the Robot Appeal….

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Accountants score with former international’s new venture

On the ball accountants Ormerod Rutter have added a major new player in the sport industry to their client portfolio. The firm, who have offices in Droitwich Spa and Bromsgrove, are providing audit and taxation advice to Fleet Street Sport & Media Group, whose chairman is former Republic of Ireland striker Niall Quinn MBE. Based in London and operating nationwide, the consultancy offers guid­ance and sup­port for agents, play­ers, clubs…

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Mum on a mission to spice up great British tradition

A life-long passion for cooking has inspired a Nigerian-born mother-of-two to follow her dream of running an English country pub. Victoria Cullen, the new tenant of The Red Lion in Holt Heath, near Worcester, has a bold vision for the Witley Road venue and hopes to attract villagers and visitors from further afield by serving authentic Afro-Caribbean cuisine alongside traditional British favourites. “I’m showcasing the food I’ve grown up with…

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Ben and Gerry scoop Strictly Worcestershire title

Husband and wife team Ben and Geraldine Mannion produced two charismatic performances to lift the Strictly Worcestershire crown in the sell out event’s third year. Proceeds from the black tie event at Chateau Impney in Droitwich Spa, sponsored by H1 Healthcare, are still being counted and will boost the £20,000 already raised for Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign and Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer over the past two years. Ben Mannion, director…

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Accountants support awards for community heroes

Worcestershire accountancy firm Ormerod Rutter showed its support for sport, arts and community groups by sponsoring a Spirit of Bromsgrove award. The fast-growing practice, which has an office in the town, sponsored the Outstanding Community Organisation Award won by Starlight Café and Community Centre in Charford. Ormerod Rutter team leader Dina O’Brien and apprentice Ellis Share presented the award to the café’s team of dedicated volunteers at a glittering ceremony…

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