Ashdown Hurey Boosted by the Appointment of Two New Associates
The Directors of Ashdown Hurrey are pleased to announce that both Gemma Newstead and Martin Copland have successfully completed the Associate Programme having demonstrated the level of commitment and skills necessary to be formally recognised in this respect.
Ashdown Hurrey take great pride in their history of training and development of accountants within the firm. Both Gemma and Martin joined the firm as trainees, and their progress confirms the firm’s commitment to “growing our own” accountants, well versed in the ethos and culture of the Practice.
Gemma joined the practice in 2006 from Helenswood & William Parker 6th form, and passed her formal ACCA examinations in 2012. Since then, she has risen through the ranks in managerial roles to lead teams and provide expert advice to her varied client base. Her dedication to the firm’s future does not stop there as Gemma is an experienced member of the firm’s Sales and Marketing committee. She also assists in Ashdown Hurrey’s recruitment processes and dedicates time to local schools and their career progression days.
Martin had completed a placement year at Ashdown Hurrey as part of his degree from the University of Hertfordshire, before joining the practice formally in 2009. He then progressed quickly through the ACCA examinations to qualify in 2012. Martin’s work ethic has always been extremely high and this has no doubt accelerated his rise to the Associate position at Ashdown Hurrey. The willingness to accept new responsibilities, whilst managing a challenging workload and overseeing a client base are just some of the examples that have proven that Martin is more than ready for this role.
The directors were very happy to appoint the two to Associate level and look forward to supporting them as their careers at Ashdown Hurrey develop. Planning and support have been given in preparing them for their new roles and their successes until now have confirmed their readiness to step up to increased responsibility. Well done Gemma and Martin for your performance to date and good luck for the future!
Photo 1 - Gemma Newstead & Martin Copland, Photo 2 - Jeffrey Moore, Gemma Newstead, Mark Weeks-Pearson & Martin Copland ( L - R)
Women in Business Lunch Club
We hold lunches every three months for Women in Business.
Launched in 2005, the Ashdown Hurrey Women in Business Lunch Club set new standards for networking in East Sussex, and many others have followed suit.
The lunches give an opportunity for likeminded ladies to network in an informal atmosphere whilst enjoying superb food. The events often host guest speakers which make the lunch club a must for women in business from Hastings and the wider Rother area.
Hosted by the team at Ashdown Hurrey, each of the quarterly meetings are an excellent opportunity to network, share experience and enjoy a well-earned break from the office.
To help ensure people can confidently plan their day, the club always runs from midday to 2.30pm.
The lunch is organised and hosted by Louise Hutton and Sarah Playford.
Dates of meetings for 2019:
- Wednesday, 26th June 2019 - The Club at The Waterfront, Bexhill
- Wednesday, 25th September 2019 - The Club at The Waterfront, Bexhill
- Wednesday, 11th December 2019 - The Club at The Waterfront, Bexhill
For more information on our upcoming events or to book tickets, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ashdown-hurrey-women-in-business-14622232116
Images from our recent lunches:
1066 Walk 2018
The team set off from Pevensey tracing the Norman route to Battle Abbey over 16 miles. After a few stops at some local hostelries en-route, the team arrived in Battle mid-afternoon for tea and cakes in the Abbey. It was a most enjoyable day made all the better for raising over £1,000 in aid of St Michael's Hospice.
Thames Path Challenge 2018
Jo Gore from our payroll division completed the 100km walking challenge from Putney Bridge to Henley-on-Thames in September 2018. With her walking buddy, Andrea Randall-Smith, they raised over £1,700 for Little Gate Farm who are based near Hastings and provide work training opportunities for people with learning difficulties and autism. Jo said "Thinking of the support we had received pulled us through, especially at 4am whilst under the M4 motorway!".
Jo and Andrea would like to thank all those who sponsored them for their support.
St Michael's Hospice Football Event 2018
Ashdown Hurrey were very pleased to be a main sponsor for the third year running of the sporting event held in aid of St Michael’s Hospice at Horntye Park on 28 July 2018.
This was the third year of the annual event which is organised by Sam Carter of Ashdown Hurrey, Nicky Histed of People Hub HR and Helen Usher of Stace & Co. They initially came up with the idea to run the event after taking part in various other sporting challenges where they would raise sponsorship but felt they wanted to do something that would actually get people involved rather than just asking for money.
The event was a huge success with just over £2,500 raised this year in addition to the £2,000 raised last year and £1,500 the year before.
As well as being a main sponsor of the event, there were a number of the team taking part - Ben Sallows from the Bexhill office alongside Marc Ransom, Nathan Adamson, Rolando Mauriello, Kai Mersh and Sam Carter from the Hastings office.
Ashdown Hurrey have always been very supportive of St Michael’s Hospice and many other charities, such as the Seaview Project. This support can range from sponsorship through to organising and raising sponsorship for taking part. To date the events that some of the staff have been involved in range from marathons (full & half), walking the Great Wall of China, sleeping in a box for the night and running through mud, just to mention a few!
Hastings Half Marathon
Ashdown Hurrey has regularly entered a team for the gruelling Hastings Half Marathon, running in aid of St Michael's Hopsice as part of the Hastings Chamber of Commerce team.
Sam Carter (third left) and a group of business people took part in the Dirty Dozen Challenge. Over recent years, the team has raised thousands of pounds in aid of St Michael's Hospice.