Location Blog Special – Birmingham

Hi everyone, I’m Alex and I’ve recently started working at the Birmingham office.

We relocated to brand new offices in Colmore Plaza in 2012, located in the centre of the city, next to Snow Hill Train station and a couple of minutes’ walk from the Bull Ring shopping centre. We occupy the top two floors and have a great view of Birmingham City Centre.

Colmore Plaza Reception

We have over 300 staff in the office after recently taking on around 70 new employees from the Audit Commission.

There were 18 new trainees in August 2012, with a mix of graduates and school leavers, studying a range of qualifications including ACA, ACCA, CIPFA and AAT.

We generally take on graduates in Audit, Tax and occasionally Employer Solutions. In August 2012 we employed 18 new starts, including two in tax, five in Public sector audit and 11 in Corporate Audit. Composed of 12 graduates and five school leavers.

Some of our 2012 trainees

Also, we took on six interns in Summer 2012, who were all offered a position and five accepted.

Within the Birmingham offices there are certainly a host of opportunities after qualification, with a number of service lines operating here; including Forensic Accounting, Employer Solutions, Corporate Finance and Tax. Trainees will have the opportunity to second to one of these areas for six weeks during their training contract.

You will also get the chance to work with a diverse range of clients including a number of AIM listed PLC’s. Generally clients are situated in the UK but we also serve clients in New York, Amsterdam, Luxembourg and France.

In the office we have a popular social club, with events occurring regularly. We recently had a great night out at the Jam House in Hockley and a Crystal Maze event in the office with team challenges and free drinks, not forgetting the Christmas party at Birmingham City Football Club. In addition to this there are sporting events including five-a-side football and a golf tournament.

There are also a number of external events with different firms in the region including solicitors and recruitment agencies, set up by the student society BCASS including drinks events, an annual ball and a football tournament

Birmingham is also a great place to live and certainly does not live up to the stereotype. The city is currently undergoing significant redevelopment, which has the aim of making Birmingham one of the 20 most liveable cities in the world. Birmingham also has the second largest economy in the UK and recently we have seen a surge in the openings of independent bars and restaurants, which complement the many large chains that operate in the city.

Selfridges shopping centre

Living costs are very reasonable with flats available in the centre (near the two large train stations) for affordable prices.

Birmingham is a great place to work and the culture here at Grant Thornton is fantastic. I hope I’ve convinced you to apply to our office and please don’t hesitate to contact me or add me on LinkedIn if you have any further questions.

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