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Exam success for trainees at accountancy firm

Three trainee members of staff at leading accountancy firm Newby Castleman are celebrating after receiving their exam results.

Rebecca Chandler, James Emmerson and Matt Sweeney all recently learned of their successful results, with one of them becoming a fully qualified Accountant while the others continue to the next stage of their training.

Rebecca, 24, from Barrow Upon Soar, has received her Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA) qualifications and become a fully qualified accountant, after several years of studying at Kaplan in Nottingham.

Rebecca, who works at the firm’s Head Office in Leicester, explained: “I wanted to be an accountant because I’ve always enjoyed working with numbers, and realised that I missed maths after taking my English degree. Taking up a career in accountancy felt like a logical fit, and I enjoy working with a range of financial data and problem solving.”

James, who moved to Leicester from the town of Louth in Lincolnshire to pursue his career as an Accountant three years ago, has passed his Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams in Financial Management and is now part-qualified.

“Newby Castleman took me on after I’d worked for a Lincoln firm for seven years,” said James, “and though I’d not been to University they were willing to support me as I work towards becoming a fully qualified Accountant, which I hope to achieve very soon. This was a double celebration for me, as I received my results on my 30th birthday.”

Leicester-born Matt, at 22, is the youngest of the recently successful trainees, and has passed both the Tax Compliance and Financial Management exams of his ACA qualification.

Matt, who joined the firm in 2016 after graduating from Leicester University, said, “It’s been hard working busy, full days here at Newby Castleman’s head office all week, before heading home and studying for my exams in the evenings, but it’s all proving to be worth it, and I’m getting lots of support.”

Stephen Castleman, Partner at Newby Castleman, said: “We are delighted for Rebecca, who has worked tirelessly to become ACA-qualified, and encouraged by James and Matt’s results as they progress further towards full qualification. All are a pleasure to work with and we look forward to seeing them continue to develop their careers with us here.

“We are committed to nurturing talent and pride ourselves on providing a platform for the next generation of accountancy professionals to realise their full potential.”

Newby Castleman is one of the Midlands’ leading independent accountancy firms, with offices in Leicester and Loughborough. It offers a range of specialist financial services, business and tax advice for individuals and businesses. For further information, telephone the Leicester office on 0116 254 9262, the Loughborough office on 01509 263500 or visit the website at

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