South Wales accountancy practice BPU Accountants has taken on a new intake of graduates, one of whom hails from Cwmbran.

BPU is a great example of a Welsh company investing in its graduates with a realistic opportunity of progression within the next few years of their careers, with ten apprentices and graduate trainees across the firm in all departments.

The programme has been running for over 10 years and BPU has continued to make a significant investment in it, as ex-graduates have worked their way up to the top level.

Sarah Pocock, from Cwmbran, studied Accounting and Finance at Swansea University.

Trainee accountant Sarah Pocock, 21, said: “BPU attracted me as it was growing business that provided many services including accountancy, this meant it was a perfect opportunity to start working in the accounting field with a chance to learn other fields."

The other new starter is Lily Cope, 22, from Cardiff.

Director Andrew Miller, of BPU Accountants, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sarah and Lily to the firm. As one of the few independent chartered accountancy firms left in South Wales, we are proud to continue to offer this type of training programme, one that I did myself 15 years ago.

“We have strong links with Cardiff University and other establishments which means we can attract the very brightest and best new trainees who prefer to gain experience here working with local and varied businesses.

“Taking on new graduates every year shows our commitment to building a solid team; through investing in our people we continue to help develop the accountants of the future enabling us to help clients with emerging accountancy and tax changes to ensure they operate as financially efficiently as possible.”