Chartered accountants Clement Keys has taken on seven new trainees for the current year.

The new recruits take the number of staff undergoing professional training to 26 and the total workforce to 110.

Clement Keys partner Ross Cocker said: “Whilst many companies are suspending their training programmes, Clement Keys is committed to bringing in new talent and the continual professional development for all staff.”

Simon Atkins, also a partner at the firm, said: “This year seven young people from a variety of backgrounds will take advantage of our flexible study opportunities while also getting the crucial hands on experience.”

Chris Mander and Eleanor Sillence join the firm as post-A Level entrants and will be studying the Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) qualification, working in the general audit and accountancy department.

Nichola Venables and Victoria Nolan are Graduate ACA trainees.

Nichola worked for the firm in the summer of 2006 and, having enjoyed the experience, decided to return and train to become a chartered accountant.

Ashley Clews and Elisha Simms have been recruited to join the service charge team.

Ashley joins the firm as a post A Level entrant and will also study the AAT. Elisha joins as a part-qualified AAT and will continue her studies.

Sophie Bradshaw joined Clement Keys in July on a six month contract in the service charge department.