Yorkshire’s largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants, BHP, has welcomed 21 trainees into the company this month (September).

BHP, which has offices in Sheffield, Cleckheaton, Leeds, Chesterfield, and York, has appointed 12 graduates, four year-long placements and five trainees.

The new starters have been appointed across the Audit and Assurance, Tax, Corporate Finance, Healthcare and Financial Planning departments.

Lisa Leighton, who joined BHP as a graduate in the Audit team and is now a Partner at the firm, said: “We’re very excited to welcome this latest intake of trainees who bring with them fresh ideas and talent. I know first-hand what it’s like joining as a graduate and the opportunities it offers to grow and develop your career. We very much look forward to supporting these new starters to flourish in their roles.”

This is also the first time a graduate has been appointed to the Financial Planning team which has witnessed exceptional growth over the last 18 months.

Louise Allen, Head of HR at BHP, said: “We firmly believe in training and retaining future talent as much as possible and these appointments are a testament to the exceptional growth of the business.

“We’re very proud of our apprenticeship and placement programmes which strike a good balance between work, study and training, while equipping young people for the future of work.”

Nadeem Alam, a graduate in the Audit and Assurance department said: “I chose to work at BHP because I could see that it has such a warm and welcoming environment.

“Starting a new job can make you feel very nervous but everyone has been very welcoming in my first few weeks which made it easy to settle in.

“In the future, I would like to achieve my potential and I believe this is possible at BHP because they encourage internal progression which is crucial for your development. After speaking to people here I know I made the correct decision to join this ambitious firm.”

BHP has more than 350 staff, including 31 partners. Over the last 10 years the business has increased turnover from £8m to more than £20m.