UHY Manchester office is based in the centre of Manchester and was established in 1923. There are currently 11 partners covering audit & general practice work, corporate finance, tax and turnaround & recovery (T&R).
We have a broad range of clients from sole traders, professional partnerships, charities and privately owned businesses to wealthy individuals, quoted companies and international groups. Our clients’ businesses are wide ranging and include property development and investment, oil exploration, computer software design, manufacturing, recycling, professional practices and travel agencies.
The Manchester graduate experience
Our training is predominately based within audit & accounts, although some staff will spend three to six months within the tax and T&R departments (see below for details).
The range of client assignments varies throughout the training period, which can vary from three to five years depending on what course you chose to follow: AAT, ACA or ACCA.
We recruit between four to six students per year. Typically three graduates join us each year to undertake an ACA training contract and other students join us straight from A levels or GSCE studies to train via the AAT qualification. AAT students often fast-track on to ACA and therefore have a longer period of training due to the time taken to complete their AAT qualification (four years being the requirement for A level students and five years for GCSE students). It is these students who will have a short period of time within the tax and T&R departments since they are with us longer they can afford to be utilised in this way.
We accept ACCA trainees where students have commenced that qualification with another practice and they choose to join us part way through their training. These students tend to have more practical experience when they join us, having worked in practice for some time before deciding that they would prefer the backing of a larger firm than that they set out with.
The work you undertake is varied so that you gain a wealth of different experience from accounts preparation, audit work, preparation of tax computations, bookkeeping services, management accounts through to due diligence assignments. You may be based in the office or travel daily to clients within a wide radius of the Manchester area. You may also work away on clients based further away, for example, in London or Peterhead.
Our office is a large open plan area that lends itself to building up the necessary relationships required to work well within the teams that so often form part of a student’s everyday working life. There is a reasonably relaxed atmosphere that makes staff comfortable in asking for help when they need it, but knowing that they won’t be watched over whilst they are busy. The support of more experienced staff, whether it be someone just a year above you in training or maybe a senior or manager, is readily available so when you need help or guidance with assignments you know that you can ask.
Social activities are organised by many different members of staff and people are free to choose whether or not they want to join in. Examples of recent activities that have been arranged include an evening out at the dogs (greyhound racing), ice skating and watching Take That in concert! There is a football team who train together regularly; mostly for the exercise but sometimes to play competitively against, for example, clients or other practices. We have monthly dress down day the first Friday of every month which coincides with an invitation to join a group of the partners after work for a drink in one of the local pubs - they pay for the first couple of drinks! Staff also regularly take part in charity events either as a whole office where we organise fund raising for popular charities like Jeans for Genes day, or by asking other members of staff to sponsor them individually when they take part in a national event like the Great Manchester run.