Recruiting for a well-regarded accountancy firm in Lincolnshire

Benjamin Edwards retained to hire accountants and support staff for a highly regarded accountancy firm in Lincolnshire.

The problem

This accountancy and professional services firm is a dominant brand in Lincolnshire and a regional heavyweight. With offices in Lincoln, market towns in Lincolnshire, the Wolds and coastal outposts.

Whilst the brand is well known to Lincolnshire residents, they had struggled to attract seniors and semi-seniors. With Lincolnshire salaries in finance traditionally lower than Nottingham and London, mid-career accountants resistant to the perceived backwaters of Lincolnshire.

The solution

As always, we started with building up a picture of what it was like to work there. What was the client base, what was the reputation, what would the career prospects be like? How much business development would be required?

We pulled together packs for each location, looking at the local environments and talking up the advantages of working in a smaller community than a crowded urban setting. Lincolnshire is a hidden gem of a county with affordable housing, free grammar school places and easy access to the east coast.

We started to get an in-depth understanding of each branch office and the job requirements.

We agreed terms with the HR team and signed a non-compete agreement. This provided peace of mind and moreover – an idea of the schedule of costs that enabled budgeting – there would be no nasty surprises.

We handled all of the first stage interviews, compliance checks and due diligence of every candidate we put forward. We negotiated terms that were acceptable for both parties.

The project was then rolled out to include support role vacancies in IT, payroll, and marketing and have freed up time for the in-house HR team.

“I have worked with Claire for several years and have always found her professional, timely and sends us high calibre candidates many of who we have appointed. Claire understands our requirements and delivers a high quality service. I can recommend Claire to anyone.”

So why choose Benjamin Edwards?

  • We are great listeners and offer an honest, refreshing and ethical approach to recruitment
  • Solid local knowledge of both candidates and companies in Lincolnshire & surrounding areas
  • We combine old school recruitment with new-age technology
  • Full end to end recruitment process
  • Advertising
  • Free local market analysis & advice
  • Free remuneration package advice
  • Search & Selection
  • Retained services for senior appointments
  • Outplacement support if making redundancies​
  • CV advice
  • Careers guidance
  • Proactive candidate promotion


If you want to know more, or have a difficult recruitment issue please do get in touch!

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Group Finance Director

Claire offers a truly personal service that is very different to the CV pushers of this world. As well as a unique understanding and insight of the local market, she has that special skill of getting the cultural match right. Her hit rate has been 100% so far. The candidates I have recruited through her range from excellent to outstanding!

Gregg Fawcett

- SME in Lincolnshire


From the initial meeting through to each successful conclusion Claire has been delightful to work with. She is a great listener, goes to the crux of what is required and seems to have a magic approach to sourcing candidates, even in a really hard to fill position such as law. Her experience and creativity really put her apart from any other recruitment solution I have ever used

Alyson Evans

- Well regarded Solicitors

Food/Agri SME

  Dealing with a new agency whilst going through a pandemic left me apprehensive.  Benjamin Edwards made it easy by delivering a high standard of professionalism and customer service throughout the process.  Claire delivered a number of exceptional quality candidates who had already been vetted for suitability to the role which made our interview process so much easier.

Margaret – HR Manager

- Elsoms Seeds

Benjamin Edwards Recruitment Lincolnshire