Aims Partnership is targeting female recruits to its accountancy team as it predicts a surge in the number of women entrepreneurs setting up new businesses.
Managing director Henry Ejdelbaum says he believes that many women setting up in business would prefer to have a female accountant who is also a business owner herself.
Aims accountants run their own client banks but fees are set at a standard national rate. The group is targeting experienced female accountants in the industry who want to move to more flexible working environment, particularly those with children or those returning to the profession.
Several adviser firms such as Thinc Group have launched recruitment drives targeting women returning to work. Fiona Price, who set up Fiona Price & Partners in 1988, returned to the market last month with Diva-Biz, a website forum for women to share experiences, get tips on business and build professional contacts.
Aims accountant Tania Oxley says: “After 15 years in the industry, I reached the stage where I needed a change. Working nine to five and looking after two young boys with school runs, sports lessons, play sessions and parties became an increasingly difficult task. Joining Aims gave me the opportunity to be more flexible. I work as hard now as I ever have but no I am in control.”