Finance apprentice, Steven Start, counts himself lucky to work with such a great team

Away from his role as finance apprentice, Steven Start enjoys a physical challenge and regularly takes part in cross-fit and last year climbed Helvellyn in the Lake District with a group of like-minded friends.

The experience was a challenge but it was a fantastic feeling to get to the top after 6 hours of walking. It was worth it to see the stunning views.’

I joined Hodgson Sayers in 2015 as a finance apprentice. I work closely with team ledger leader, Taryna Henderson and finance manager, Mike Wade.

I have just completed my Level 4 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) via New College Durham.

Once a week I spend half a day at college learning the theory behind the work. By completing the Level 4 qualification I gained experience in how to prepare and monitor budgets, reporting information to management, profits and loss, credit management, external auditing and much more.

I work in a great environment and learn a lot from both Tarnya and Mike. I very much want to further my knowledge via the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and this is backed by the team.

On a day-to-day basis my role varies, working alongside Tarnya I help to prepare purchase orders, processing and recording of information, expenses and processing grant agreements.

My favourite part of the job is analysing reports. I like this because I get to see behind the scenes of the company and from an accounting point of view this provides me with insight into how all areas of the business link together. It gives me greater depth and knowledge within my own role.

It has also demonstrated how far I have progressed on my journey of learning from Level 2 where I built a solid foundation through to Level 4, stepping up to apply complex accounting principles into my work.

I have a great support system and particularly get on well with contract co-ordinator Jemma Herring, Emily Stevenson, administrator and business development manager, Gary Brannighan. We all share a similar sense of humour and both Jemma and Emily started their careers with Hodgson Sayers as apprentices.

I am looking forward to taking the opportunities I have at Hodgson Sayers to progress through the company and also enrich my own learning under the supervision of Tarnya and Mike.