Finance firms in the West Midlands have completed a spate of appointments.
Accountancy firms Dains and JW Hinks and banking giant Barclays are among those to bring in new faces in the past week.
Based at Fort Dunlop, Dains continues to grow its corporate finance offering with the appointment of Holly Clarke as corporate finance manager.
The firm said Ms Clarke brings “significant experience of corporate finance in the retail sector” having been responsible for mergers and acquisitions for the Midlands Cooperative.
During her time with the society they acquired a number of businesses notably in the funeral and convenience sector.
In her new role, she will focus on helping local companies with business disposals, raising finance and acquisitions, including advising on management buyouts.
Corporate finance partner Roy Farmer said: “I’m delighted to welcome Holly to Dains. We have enjoyed a fantastic year and continue to build a strong pipeline of work. We will shortly be announcing further deal completions and appointments to the team.”
Dains currently employs approximately 98 staff including 18 partners and directors and operates from its primary offices at Birmingham.
Elsewhere, Barclays has bolstered the presence of its wealth and investment management division in Birmingham with the appointment of Grant Hughes as a vice president.
Mr Hughes has been hired to lead a new UK-wide corporate wealth advisory team within Barclays Corporate & Employer Solutions, which helps firms look after their people.
Prior to joining Barclays, he worked at RBS where he headed up a team of 10 corporate financial planners covering Wales and the Midlands. He brings more than 15 years’ corporate financial planning experience to his new role.
Mr Hughes said: “I am excited to be joining Barclays Corporate & Employer Solutions. The Birmingham office is a crucial hub and is currently experiencing substantial growth. My team will be focused on helping our clients in the area and beyond to meet their ambitions.”
Meanwhile, Birmingham-based chartered accountants JW Hinks have appointed a new audit manager following an internal promotion.
Former audit senior James Cruse has been promoted to manager following nine years with the Edgbaston firm.
He specialises in the audit of companies, pension schemes, charities and solicitors, in addition to accounts preparation for sole traders, partnerships and audit exempt companies.
Managing Partner Paul Jones said: “James has been with the firm for nearly a decade now and has made a significant contribution to the firm’s development. We are delighted to have been able to promote James to a managerial role in our audit department, particularly in the light of his extensive experience and expertise in this particular sector.
“This move will further strengthen our position as one of the leading accountancy firms in the West Midlands.”