ABERDEEN-based independent business advisors, Acumen Accountants and Advisors, has appointed a new director, following an internal promotion.
Lisa Bruce, who has 17 years industry experience, has been promoted from the position of business solutions manager and will be tasked with growing the outsourcing and Sage training arms of the business.
The new role will see Lisa take responsibility for furthering the firm’s book-keeping and payroll services along with promoting the benefits of Sage to both new and existing clients.
Lisa said: “I am delighted to have been promoted to director level during what is a very exciting time for Acumen Accountants and Advisors.
“I am looking forward to the challenges that go hand in hand with developing a company, especially in such important areas of growth within the industry. Around 90 per cent of small businesses run a Sage programme making this a key area for Acumen going forward.”
George Leadley, has joined the company as a consultant after retiring from the position of partner at Ritson Smith.
Steven McKenzie, managing director of Acumen Accountants and Advisors, added: “We are delighted to welcome George to the team.
“George has a great deal of experience, which we are confident will be a key asset to us as we continue to build the business throughout Scotland.
“We felt Lisa was a natural choice for a promotion to director level as she brings, not only a wealth of experience, in terms of her technical knowledge, but also a great deal of ambition to the team which fits perfectly with the company ethos, as a whole.
“We are all very enthusiastic about the future of the company and look forward to watching the business evolve over the coming years.”
Begins a spokesperson: “Acumen Accountants and Advisors was part of the Acumen Group prior to a management buyout earlier this year led by directors Steven McKenzie, Ross Murray and James Smith.
“With more than 60 staff, servicing over 1,600 clients, Acumen Accountants and Advisors is one of the largest independent accountancy firms in Scotland.
“Providing a wide range of bespoke services, built around the needs of the small and medium owner managed businesses the company services clients across a wide range of sectors from oil and gas and recruitment to agriculture.”
Based in the North-east of Scotland for more than 25 years, the company has offices in Peterhead, Aberdeen and Edinburgh and was the first company in the North-east to become accredited as a Sage Business Partner.
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