Staff stories

Accountancy careers with ambition. Hear from our people on what it’s like to work here.

Jack Holmes

Jack is in his final year of completing the ACA qualification having joined Bush & Co in September 2018.

Having researched careers, it was the financial industry which attracted me and the benefits of training on the job in accountancy was a major factor in deciding to pursue this career. Accountancy can open doorways to many different jobs in business.

Why Bush: I liked the idea of a smaller, independent practice which provides bespoke client care. I find that everyone here is incredibly approachable and I get to work with a wide variety of clients across many different sectors. Everyone really cares about the service we offer.

Support: there is a well-defined career and study path which allowed me to qualify in AAT and then progress to my chartering with the ACA qualification. I have excellent study support from our tuition providers and from all members of the team as I learn the skills required to become a chartered accountant. My manager supports me on a daily basis and that has been invaluable to my learning experience.

Work and play: rather than knowing just one team, the social element of Bush & Co has allowed me to connect with the whole office and we make the most of our central Exeter location. The pandemic brought about an agile working policy which has been a great contribution to my work life balance.

Little known fact: I have a twin sister!

Luke Harris

Having achieved his ACCA qualifications in 2022, Luke is now a chartered accountant at Bush & Co:

I carried out some work experience at a local firm of accountants where I got to experience preparing accounts alongside other junior projects. I loved the nature of the problem solving and the opportunities that it would afford.

Why Bush: I joined in 2016 and immediately liked the feel of such a close knit team. Bush is a good size firm. It is big enough to feel that I am learning from many different experts working with many clients but small enough that I feel like I am making a real impact. The team here is committed to clients and also to each other.

Support: the training is a key part of why I joined Bush. I gained my AAT and ACCA qualifications through a mixture of online and off-site training and the dedicated training pathway has allowed me to study whilst gaining valuable experience. I am absolutely delighted to have been made a manager at Bush & Co and to have realised my goal of becoming a chartered accountant.

Work and play: There is a work hard, play hard mentality here which I really enjoy. Living in beautiful Devon and enjoying the benefits of a forward thinking and innovative accountancy firm really suits me.

Little known fact: I was in the GB under 16 water polo squad.