Why Bishop Fleming supports Young Enterprise
The Top 30 accountancy firm Bishop Fleming is a long term supporter of Young Enterprise. The firm, which has 7 offices covering the West Midlands and the South West and 340 employees has YE support as a key part of its CSR programme.
The support comes in a number of forms across their whole region:
- senior team members and partners acting as YE Area Board members
- providing business advisers
- sponsorship of 33 schools taking part in the Company and Team programmes
- providing judges and MC’s for presentation evenings
- providing prizes and sponsorship for presentation evenings
- providing training
Bishop Fleming Chair Ian Smith explains why the firm believes YE is such an important organisation to support: “As accountants we need UK plc, and all of our local economies, to flourish. We firmly believe that YE can light a spark in young people that a career in business, and as an entrepreneur, is a real and exciting option for them.
We also believe we have a responsibility to encourage social mobility and help young people in the state sector in particular to have access to the employment and life skills that the YE programmes, and exposure to external business advisers provides to them. As the country’s leading auditor to the academy sector we not only have a fantastic opportunity to do that but also a duty.
YE is also a key part of our own development programme for our young managers and leaders of the future. As young accountants, our people can provide valuable financial experience to students as part of the YE journey. But our people also benefit enormously. They learn coaching and mentoring skills, they actually broaden their own business knowledge and they pick up sales, marketing and social media skills that one can only learn from a 17 year old!”
Bishop Fleming has been a supporter of YE for many years. Ian Smith has been a Board member for over 19 years and the firm’s Managing Partner Matthew Lee, who acts as a judge in the South West region, is a graduate of the programme from his own school days.