Media Release: It’s a family affair at North-east accountancy firm

SBP-John and Spohie Hannah

MOST teenagers would run a mile rather than spend more time with their parents but 17 year-old Sophie Hannah reckoned that working with her dad might just add up.

The youngster has recently taken up a position at SBP accountants and business advisors in Peterhead – alongside dad John, who is  managing partner at the firm.

Sophie left Mintlaw Academy, with a string of A passes under her belt in October, and whilst her classmates are still calculating what to do next, maths-whizz Sophie realised it was an opportunity that was too good to miss.

Sophie said: “I already had the grades I needed to go to university but I had decided it wasn’t for me. When this opening came up, I knew I had to give it a chance.”

Sophie had undertaken a week’s work experience with SBP, which has offices in Aberdeen, Peterhead, Banff and Fraserburgh, the year before which she admitted was quite daunting.

“I had only really popped in to the office before to see Dad so sitting at a desk all day was strange but everyone was really helpful.”

Although some people might think that got her job due to her dad’s position at the company, Mr Hannah said her outstanding grades secured her position.

He said: “We wouldn’t have got anybody so well qualified applying for the role.  She will receive the same treatment as any other member of staff at the company.”

Sophie added: “There’s been no special treatment – I’m just treated like any other member of staff.”

Sophie is involved with book-keeping and accounts preparation and will act as an audit junior as she gains more expertise. She is also busy studying for her Association of Chartered Certified Accountants exams.

Sophie is enjoying her new job and looking forward to the challenges ahead. And it’s not been too strange working with dad.

“He’s not all that different at work to how he is when he is out of the office.”

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