A chartered global management accountant has joined the Birmingham office of Smith & Williamson to head the firm’s local business outsourcing team.
Tom Edwards has been appointed to advise and support businesses who are looking to outsource all or part of their organisation’s financial management.
Tom, who was formerly managing director of a specialist financial outsourcing company before joining Smith & Williamson as an associate director, said: “Smith & Williamson is ideally placed to provide practical support to businesses of all sizes, from those looking to outsource their entire finance department to those wanting help with specific issues – for example, relating to management accounts, company secretarial work, payroll or increasing stringent financial reporting requirements. I am thrilled to have joined Smith & Williamson where I am using my experience of implementing financial systems and processes to help businesses manage their finances more effectively and access real time financial information which ultimately empowers them to make better and more informed decisions and essentially save on costs.”
John Hodgson, managing partner of tax and business advisory services in Smith & Williamson’s Birmingham office, added: “We are delighted to welcome Tom to our growing team and introduce him to our clients in Birmingham and across the West Midlands. The clear demand for outsourced financial management systems and solutions has driven our investment in dedicated teams across our network of UK offices and Tom’s appointment reflects this. Demand is being driven, at least in part, by the rise of Cloud-based systems and other technologies which make outsourcing even easier and more cost-effective, delivering efficiencies, plugging knowledge gaps, freeing up resources and complying with increasingly onerous regulations.”
John added: “Tom’s passion and experience bring further depth to our range of services. This is an exciting time for our team and demonstrates our commitment to support local businesses in achieving their growth potential.”
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Smith & Williamson is an independently owned financial and professional services group. The firm is a leading provider of investment management, financial advisory and accountancy services to private clients, professional practices, entrepreneurs and mid-to-large corporates. The group’s c1,700 people operate from a network of twelve offices: London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cheltenham, Dublin (City and Sandyford), Glasgow, Guildford, Jersey, Salisbury and Southampton.