A Dorset accountant has been recognised for his ‘outstanding’ contribution to inspiring the next generation of enterprising young people.
James, a Partner with chartered accountants and business advisers PKF Francis Clark, represents the firm on the Board of Dorset Young Enterprise and also the Career Ready programme at Poole High School.
He has been heavily involved with a range of initiatives and activities over the last decade, working closely with schools in the area.
James has also been a business adviser and judge for Young Enterprise’s annual company programme where students set up and run a real firm for a year under the guidance of a business volunteer.
“I’m proud to have started as an apprentice at the age of 18 and feel very strongly about the importance – and benefits – of working with young people,” said James.
“As a father-of-two, we not only owe it to our youngsters to introduce them to the world of work and bring out their interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills but it also makes good business sense.
“Being involved in Young Enterprise, and other initiatives introducing young people to the world of work, helps develop our existing team.
“While the students definitely get something out of their involvement with real businesses, we also get a lot out of it as a firm by putting something back into the community.
“It’s also a very good way of identifying new members of the team as well as showing that accountants can be very different from the stereotypical image. I’d recommend all employers to get involved,” said James.
James is also Chairman of the Nuffield Industrial Estate Association in Poole, a Council member of Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) and on the steering committee of the Dorset Engineering and Manufacturing Cluster.
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About PKF Francis Clark
Chartered accountants and business advisers PKF Francis Clark has annual revenue of £41 million, a team of more than 600 people and 59 partners. Founded in 1919, the award-winning firm has eight offices across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire. PKF Francis Clark is a member of PKF UKI which is ranked 11th in the Accountancy Age 2017 survey of top accountancy firms and the fastest growing in the Top 20.
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