Progressionand Development

Ensuring our team has the time to focus on their own career development

I’ve progressed from Senior Tax Manager at Shorts, to a Director in control of an entire Department, and now leading a part of the business as Tax Partner.

David Robinson, Tax Partner

We are really proud of our record of team development and have supported many individuals with their progression within the firm.

We understand that when people are busy, working on day-to-day client deadlines, focusing on personal development can sometimes be overlooked.  So, we ensure that our team has the time to focus on their own career development too.

Our management development program ensures that every team member has their own tailored personal development plan which reflects their unique set of aspirations, priorities and goals; because every one of our team is at a different stage of their career.

  • After learning more about their career aspirations, we agree on a set of shared goals that help each individual achieve their aspirations.  And our HR follow-up workflows ensure accountability for actioning those promises on both sides.
  • Our team have access to information covering a wide range of courses on offer to help them reach their goal, whether that might be Manager, Senior Manager, Director, or preparing for Partner.
  • Mentoring from key members of the senior team provides additional support where required.
  • Providing the freedom to develop new skills and extend interests further.

We are also immensely proud to have been named Best Employer in Tax at the Tolley’s Taxation Awards 2022, Employer of the Year at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2023, and most recently, shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution to Workforce Development at the Sheffield Business Awards.

                   Tolley's taxation award winner

Progression and development



Rob Brown talks to Andy Irvine

Rob Brown is a best-selling author and host of the successful podcast, ‘The Accounting Influencers‘ with a global audience of over 35,000 accounting professionals.

An expert in getting to the core of any accounting topic, Rob interviews Shorts’ Managing Partner, Andy Irvine to understand why promoting career development is not only good news for the team, but also for Shorts.

Progression in our team - their own words



Alicia Williams, Genus Director

One of the great advantages of Shorts is its commitment to developing and progressing the existing team. In just over six years, I have progressed from Accounts Senior to Manager and then in April 2022, I was promoted to Client Finance Director before being promoted to Director in January 2024. Development is supported by the varied training opportunities available and I recently completed a course on data analytics.

Alicia's team profile

David Robinson, Tax Partner

Shorts is a true meritocracy and individuals are given responsibility and encouraged to flourish regardless of their age or experience. I can attest to this, as I joined Shorts in 2015 and have since progressed through the ranks, joining the Partnership in 2022. During my time at the firm, I’ve progressed from being a Senior Manager advising a portfolio of clients, to a Director in control of an entire Department, and now leading a part of the business as Tax Partner.”

David's team profile

Matty Lewis, Senior Audit & Accounts Manager

“There is no “us and them” approach at Shorts – the Partners are part of the team and having that level of exposure aids development at all levels; I’ve been encouraged to share my ideas and thoughts from the outset. Partners and key members of the team are available to discuss any concerns, career aspirations, etc, and genuinely want the best for everyone.

When promoted to manager, I was not been thrown in at the deep end, but initially given a smaller portfolio, which helped me get up to speed with the admin and project management related tasks. I had weekly catch-ups with a partner to discuss my progress where he also provided useful tips, such as time and team management skills. I also had access to other key team members, who provided regular coaching sessions to develop soft skills, reflect on situations/experiences and develop goals to continue my development. This was reflected in my promotion to Senior Audit and Accounts Manager in January 2024.

I feel a much more rounded individual since joining Shorts only two years ago, and trust that my development will continue.”

Matty's team profile

Steven Strawther, Tax Compliance Director

“Shorts culture is refreshing; one of embracing and encouraging innovative ideas, no matter your position in the firm.  This gave me the confidence to approach the partner group with my ideas and I was encouraged to embark on refining and developing the Tax Compliance department processes. I was given autonomy to lead the project but coaching from the senior team members and partner group was always available. With their support, I was able to take my ideas from concept to fruition.

The partners were able to recognise my strengths and have helped me realise my potential. I have progressed from being a Manager to a Senior Manager leading the Tax Compliance Department. I am still on my career journey with Shorts and the firm continues to provide training to develop my management skills along with regular mentoring sessions from the partner group. Shorts is an exciting and progressive firm, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Steven's team profile

Supporting our clients - living our lives

Team focus

Our recruitment program includes many just starting out on their career journey in accountancy.

Whether joining through our graduate program, as an apprentice or studying for higher qualifications, all of our trainees are fully supported throughout their training journey and many of our students stay with us full-time after completing their studies.

We look after our clients really well, but we also look after our team, because we know that their welfare and development are equally as important.

For everyone, personal time when we are not working is extremely valuable, and it is for that reason, that our zero overtime policy was created.  Fundamentally, we do not expect any of our team to work more than their basic weekly hours.

Although this practice is quite unique within the accounting industry, we are proud to consistently see average overtime at less than one hour per employee per month.

Hybrid working, core hours, and zero overtime policies mean that our team manage their time better – both in and out of the office.

We don’t work to unrealistic timescales and never accept client work that we are unable to fulfil.

We aim to manage our employee levels to ensure that our team is always around 15% over capacity at any time, meaning that they should never feel overwhelmed or under undue pressure

Consequently, our team have the appropriate time to focus on their work – time to think, time to analyse, and time to bounce off one another with ideas. Not only does this lead to improved job satisfaction, but also results in higher levels of client service.

Our team regularly takes part in local and national fundraising events and all team members have the opportunity to take part in one volunteering day each year.

There is an opportunity to get involved in

  • Sporting events, tournaments and challenges
  • Cake sales
  • Christmas events
  • Local charity collections

We’ve created an environment where our team feel supported, developed and happy; a blend of interesting and challenging work, with time to contribute their own ideas, concentrate on personal development whilst ensuring a healthy life balance, both in and out of work.

Those who work for Shorts can expect all the stuff you would normally expect from a really progressive form, and lots more besides

We work together, celebrate our successes together and always share our team news.

To find out more about what’s been happening recently, visit our LinkedIn page.

Team News

Our recent Team News

Shorts shortlisted for Xero Awards (2024)

The Genus team at Shorts is thrilled to be returning to the 2024 Xero awards, where Shorts are once again shortlisted finalists within the Large Firm of the Year category.  Previous winners of the Large Firm of the Year category in 2022, we are thrilled to have been finalists for the last four consecutive years.

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National Apprenticeships Week 2024

We are very lucky here at Shorts to enjoy the many benefits of working with a diverse team, including a large number of apprentices. National Apprenticeships Week is coordinated by the Department for Education, and takes place annually in early February. It provide an opportunity for the education and skills sector to highlight and celebrate the achievements of apprentices everywhere; the positive impact they make to businesses, communities and the wider economy.

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Shorts promote Alicia Williams to Director

Shorts are delighted to announce the promotion of Alicia Williams to the position of Genus Director with effect from 1st January 2024. Since joining Shorts in 2016 as an Accounts Senior, Alicia has demonstrated exceptional aptitude and dedication, earning promotions to Client Financial Controller and Finance System/App Integrator in 2017 and then Client FD and Digital Improvement Lead in 2022. Her progression to Director is testament to her exemplary skills and is a reflection of the active role she has played in the development of our Genus Management Information offering during that time.

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We’re always open to talking to great people. If you feel that Shorts would be a great fit for your next career move, then why not send us your contact details; we’ll give you a call and maybe meet up to chat over coffee? (If you’d prefer to send us your CV, you can add that too) As part of our commitment to promote diversity we ask that candidates remove any personal traits such as name and date of birth as part of our initial screening process thus enabling us to make talent decisions based on skills and experience.