UHY Manchester office is based in the centre of Manchester and was established in 1923. There are currently 12 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, professional athletes, recycling, professional practices and travel agencies.
The Manchester graduate experience
Our training is based within the audit/accounts department working on a range of client assignments throughout the training period. The length of the training contract will depend on which professional qualification is being undertaken.
We usually recruit in September for our main student intake but may recruit at other times of the year depending on staffing requirements. We will take on AAT students post A level and would look for at least 280 UCAS points (B,B,C at A Level) and at least a Grade B in GCSE Maths and English Language. We will also recruit graduates to undertake the ACA qualification and would ask for at least a 2:1 degree, together with the criteria for an AAT student as detailed above. However, the academic qualifications are only a guide, we do review all applications on merit and will consider any that have not quite met these grades.
We also 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, or you may be required to work away at the client’s location.
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 form part of a student’s everyday working life. There is a reasonably relaxed atmosphere and students are encouraged to ask for help when they need it. There is a wide mix of experience amongst the staff in the audit/accounts department but everyone is willing and available to help with any training support needed.
Social activities are organised by many different members of staff and people are free to choose whether or not they want to join in. 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 and a quarterly social event held at a local pub where the partners will buy the first few rounds. 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.