26th September 2019

Newcastle-based chartered accountancy and business advisory firm UNW has recently achieved Investors in People (IIP) Gold status for the third time.

UNW, which employs over 115 people at its Citygate offices, was first awarded the Gold standard in 2012 and has retained the status following two subsequent reviews despite the framework evolving and accreditation becoming significantly harder to achieve.

Investors in People is an internationally recognised standard for business improvement through effective people management. Just 3.5% of businesses in the North East have been presented with an IIP accreditation and, throughout the UK, only 735 of accredited businesses have been awarded the ‘Gold standard.’

Steve Lant, a Partner at UNW said: “We don’t actively pursue awards at UNW; however, given the fact that IIP is an internationally renowned standard and is objectively assessed through a vigorous process, it gives us an opportunity for an impartial independent review.

“A defining characteristic of UNW is that we are wholly committed to investing in our people and ensuring we do what is best for them and our clients. Our recent re-accreditation from Investors in People reflects the emphasis we place on developing our people.”

UNW has also welcomed over 20 new recruits in 2019, further underpinning the organisation’s commitment to investing in its people to ensure its clients continue to benefit from both technical and service excellence.

The firm has recruited talent at all levels within recent months. This includes the appointment of several new managers, including senior tax managers Anne Connolly and Keith Jewitt and audit manager Leanne Smith, as well as a team of apprentices and recent graduates that will be supported by the firm in achieving their AAT qualification and ACA qualification, respectively. In addition to client-facing roles, UNW has also invested in its in-house marketing, IT, and HR functions with new appointments. The expanding workforce is a reflection of UNW’s success in the marketplace as the firm’s client base continues to grow.

Alongside the organisation’s recent recruitment, UNW has recognised the ongoing development and success of its team with a series of promotions throughout the year. A total of twelve employees have advanced to senior manager or manager-level positions in 2019, across the firm’s tax, audit and assurance, accounting services, corporate finance, and strategic talent service lines.

Steve Lant added: “Our business is all about our people and our clients. We strive to create a culture where everyone feels valued, and continue to hire, develop, and retain the best people. Nurturing this level of talent available within the firm enables us to deliver what our clients justifiably expect and allows them to access a wide range of expertise.”

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