BDO focuses on regional talent and technology

BDO focuses on regional talent and technology

As Paul Eagland begins his four-year term as BDO’s national Managing Partner today, Ed Dwan echoes his pledge to make the most of the opportunities arising from a rapidly changing marketplace.

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO hopes to continue its track record of profitable and sustainable growth in the North West. The firm has increased revenues by 40% over the last three years.  

Ed Dwan, head of BDO in the North West, said: "The pace of regulatory, technological and political change has never been faster.  With our investments in digital, in our culture and in our extensive international network, we’re perfectly placed to help businesses grow and succeed in a changing world. 

"Our priorities will be to invest in people and innovation to cement our position in the regional market and continue to be able to find the right solution for each and every client. With access to some of the country’s very best universities and BDO’s North West team already pioneering firm-wide innovations such as cloud accounting technology, BDO InTouch, I’m confident that we’re perfectly placed to reflect this national strategy into the region."

BDO already has nearly 800 trainees on its school leaver and graduate programmes and will continue to recruit in the coming years.

In particular, Paul wants to continue BDO’s focus on an inclusive culture where background has no relevance to success and people are encouraged to be themselves. 

Ed added: "BDO’s approach to recruitment will continue to value talent over qualifications and our new managing partner’s career journey is living proof of that. He entered the profession by undertaking a one year Foundation Course at City of London Polytechnic before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and joining BDO at age 22 to qualify as a tax specialist."

Paul Eagland adds: "The accountancy profession is almost unrecognisable compared to when I started 30 years ago. The stereotype of the Monty Python ‘bean counter’ no longer exists.  Businesses want advisers who understand technology, global markets and have genuine commercial acumen. Supporting social mobility and ensuring everyone has an equal chance of accessing the profession, based on merit not background, is high on my agenda. 

"I’m proud of my background and some of the personal decisions I have made, including choosing not to go to university, resulted in unexpected boosts to my career. No one can provide definitive advice to others with regard to personal career choices. We can, however, provide as much relevant information as possible to help each individual make their personal choice."

In the last 12 months, BDO has advised over 700 clients which, between them, generate over £10bn in revenue, £420m in profit and employ over 60,000 people in the North West.

Ed continued: "Possibly nowhere more so than in the North West, our clients represent Britain’s economic engine. They make huge contributions to the regional economy; yet they are frequently overlooked and undervalued by policymakers. With so many major policy decisions being made by the Government in the months ahead and a real focus on the Northern Powerhouse agenda, it’s vital that the voice of the North West economic engine is heard."