Training vital as accountancy firm looks to the future

Turas Accountants has put professional qualifications and training at the heart of its business development despite setbacks caused by the pandemic.

Three members of the six-strong Telford-based team have managed to continue their studies despite the coronavirus restrictions.


Turas director Helen Columb paid tribute to the team members who had had to contend with changes or cancellations of teaching and exams during the pandemic.


“It has been challenging for them. But they have all stuck to it despite the setbacks caused by the pandemic.

“We are in an ever-changing environment with tax rules and procedures constantly being updated. Our training programme means that we are all keeping up to date with the changes despite the pandemic. That’s a very positive thing for the team and the practice as a whole,” she said.

Jamie Thatcher, 29, has just started on his path to becoming a tax specialist with an Association of Tax Technicians course which will lead on to a Chartered Tax Association programme.


“That’s the route that he wants to follow and it will qualify him as a tax specialist which will be a real asset for the practice,” said Helen.


Vicki Evans, 22, who joined the practice as an apprentice, is also on the verge of finishing her Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) level 4 qualification. This will make her a fully qualified accounting technician.


Team member Andrea Logan-Weston, 53, is also working her way through the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualifications which will give her the full qualification for professional accountants. Andrea has already completed her AAT qualification.


“It’s been particularly tough for Andrea as exams were cancelled last year and the arrangements for them have been changed in 2021.


“We’re really proud of all our staff for sticking with their professional development despite the restrictions of the pandemic. They are a real credit to the company,” said Helen.


Turas Accountants is based at Hall Court in Telford Town Centre. The company works with clients across the country covering VAT, company accounts, bookkeeping and payroll.