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  • Number of Employees: 700
  • Number of Partners: 57
  • Number of Trainees: 180
  • Location: Bristol, Exeter, Truro, Taunton, Torquay, Plymouth, Poole and Salisbury
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Where can I get the best start to my career in Accountancy?

Here at PKF Francis Clark, where we welcome, support and encourage our trainees with tailored training and on-going career opportunities that grow with you.

PKF Francis Clark is the largest independent accountancy firm in the South West. We are known for our professionalism and depth of expertise across multiple sectors and we believe that excellent personal client relationships are the key to success in maintaining our award winning reputation.

100 years ago, our founder Francis S Clark opened up our first office in Newton Abbot in 1919. Today we have grown across the south west with 8 offices through the region. We are also part of the PKF international network. This means more opportunities to take your career wherever you want to: around the corner or around the world. It means instant access to a network of 400 offices in over 150 countries to diversify your experience, go on secondment or travel to expand your personal horizons, here in the UK or overseas, while remaining part of our network.

If you join us as a trainee you will get stuck in from day one, learning on the job with access to a wide range of clients, from start-ups to large blue chip household brands and inspirational not-for-profit organisations. We are much more than just accountancy, priding ourselves on our long term client relationships, technical knowledge, strategic support and commercial insight. We start with our clients’ needs and ambitions and work as one to make success happen.

Along the way you’ll get all the support you need to grow professionally as you focus on getting your qualifications and becoming a Chartered Accountant or Chartered Tax Advisor. However, getting qualified is just the beginning. We’re looking for people who have the potential to be business advisers and problem solvers and be the future of PKF Francis Clark.

All of our trainee opportunities follow apprenticeship standards which means you will receive support and learning not only for your professional qualification but also towards the skills and behaviours that are required to be a successful accountant. We recognise that personal development training is essential in becoming a well trusted business adviser so this is why we have an accredited STEPs programme that offers you the structured interpersonal development.

Our culture is created by our people, all of whom are encouraged to share their opinions, value teamwork and understand the importance of a mutually beneficial, supportive environment. People across all of our locations are social and active and you can get involved with everything from running, cricket and football, to book clubs, cooking and yoga! Each office has a chosen charity and we’re proud of our efforts to support and raise funds throughout the year.

We recruit ACA trainees as well as AAT trainees across all of our locations. We also have opportunities to study tax specific qualifications such as ATT and CTA.

PKF Francis Clark really is The place to be.

Case study

Name: Holly Ainsworth

Role: Audit ACA Trainee

Office Location: Taunton

University: Cardiff – studied International Business

What do you get up to on a typical day?

Being part of the Audit team means there’s no such thing as a ‘typical day’! We often work on-site at the clients’ offices, which can involve quite a bit of travelling and fairly long days, but I really enjoy the variety of locations, people and businesses that we get to work with.

What’s it really like to work at

PKF Francis Clark?

Studying and carrying our audit work is challenging, but the people make it worthwhile. Many of my peers and managers have been in my shoes and are therefore very understanding and supportive. I’m really lucky to work with such a friendly bunch!

What would you tell anyone thinking about applying to be a trainee with us?

Do it! It’s a big challenge, not to be taken on lightly, but you won’t regret it.˜

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