Staff Testimonials

Rasha Bouri
Rasha Bouri
Role:
Trainee Accountant (ACA)
University degrees:

  - BSc Business Management - King’s College London.

  - MSc International Accounting and Finance - City University. 

When I graduated I wanted to work somewhere that valued me and helped me grow personally and professionally. I joined Blinkhorns because the idea of working in the media and entertainment related industry at a central London location really appealed to me 

During my first six months at Blinkhorns, I worked for the various teams in the office preparing accounts for sole traders. This gave me a good foundation on which I could build on and begin marrying my educational background to “real life” day-to-day business situations. 

Following this initial period, I was assigned to one of the partners’ teams, which consists of two managers and other trainees. My workload grew in both variety and responsibility. I started to become more involved in company accounts preparation as well as taking part in various audit work. I am learning new things every day and the firm, as well as my team, continue to support me in this personal growth process. This is one of the great aspects of Blinkhorns that I truly value and actually enthuses me to go to work every day. 

Over the course of training, I have undertaken a variety of tasks, including preparing personal tax returns; statutory accounts; corporation tax returns; management accounts for production companies; carrying out audits of builders merchants, art galleries, charities, property companies and post-production companies. This varied accounting exposure has allowed me to understand matters concerning more than one type of industry and is giving me a well-rounded knowledge of accounting and taxation principles. 

I am also very grateful for the professional support and follow up I get from both my line managers on a day-to-day basis, as well as the support that the firm gives me in my continued professional qualification towards my ACA certification. Blinkhorns has devised the correct balance between work requirements, educational support, preparation and personal time for my on-going exams. This nurturing business environment is giving me the “space” to spread my professional “wings’’ in a positive, challenging, professional and pleasant work place.

The culture at Blinkhorns is a very open one which allows people to be themselves and work more efficiently. This is helped by the number of social occasions throughout the year that enable trainees to get to know other staff and partners from across the firm.

Blinkhorns has been – in hindsight - the right firm for me and is helping me to grow personally and professionally. 

Maryam Ehsan
Maryam Ehsan
Role:
ACA Qualified Accountant/Manager
University degrees:

  - BA(Hons) Accounting & Finance - Brighton University

I joined the Blinkhorns graduate scheme in 2008. As well as being provided with study support towards achieving the ACA qualification, I also gained invaluable hands on experience working with both experienced, qualified accountants and other trainees who were at different stages of their training contracts. 

Throughout my training I was exposed to various types of work such as bookkeeping, VAT, personal tax and company accounts which I saw as a key benefit of working for a medium sized firm compared to training with a larger firm where you tend to work in one department only.

After the first six months of my training contract I was moved onto one of the equity Partners' teams which really allowed me to gain an insight into how that Partner and his team worked. I was rotated onto a different team every six months which was a good opportunity to work with different clients operating in different sectors, it was also a great chance to meet and work with different people in the firm.

By 2014 I had settled into a team and the focus of my work moved towards personal tax and looking after the Partner's portfolio of sole trader clients, this subsequently led to me achieving a Manager position within the team. This was a great opportunity to develop both my UK and International personal tax knowledge as well as develop managerial skills, I also enjoyed the increased level of client contact that came along with the role. 

I have also recently started studying towards the CTA qualification which has been supported by Blinkhorns.

When I started at Blinkhorns, I was really drawn to the friendly, relaxed and supportive culture of the firm. Ten years later, and even after a substantial amount of growth by the firm, Blinkhorns has successfully retained that culture making it a great place to work and build a career.

Jonathan Brinton
Jonathan Brinton
Role:
ACCA Qualified Accountant
University degrees:

  -  BA Business Administration – University of Portsmouth

I started working at Blinkhorns in June 2015 as a Semi-Senior Accountant and have thoroughly enjoyed it thus far. This would have been a couple of years after I had graduated.

I came here from a small two partner high street practice in Warwick having reached the halfway point with my ACCA qualification. After deciding that London was the place to be I made the move after a successful interview.

I qualified in the summer of 2017 and over the years I have gained knowledge beyond my belief with the aid of my senior colleagues. The team I am in has doubled in size since I joined in 2015 and our client acquisition is unbelievably excessive.

My team have taught me invaluable skills and have given me the opportunity to grow successfully – after three years from starting as a semi-senior, I am now in a position that entails responsibilities of a managerial level.

The team I work in has doubled in size over a few years which demonstrates how focused we are on client acquisitions and relations.

The main thing I value about coming to work is the warm and friendly atmosphere. The longevity of many of Blinkhorns employees is clear to see and I believe it says a great deal about working here.

Being in the West End we have an extremely interesting client base which mainly revolves around the entertaining and media industry. I could not wish for a better location being near Oxford Circus as there is always something on or something to do after work.

As a firm we do tend to spend time with each other outside office hours on a social level which I think is fundamental. We shall typically have a couple of team evenings out to blow off some steam and the entire firm will have a summer day out each year at any given location to thank everyone for their honest and hard work.

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