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Music festival director nominates Salisbury and Company for Arts and Business Cymru award

A St Asaph accountancy practice is in the running for an Arts and Business Cymru award after being nominated by a director of the annual music festival the business supports. Salisbury and Company has also been singled out by North Wales International Music Festival (NWIMF) artistic director Ann Atkinson for taking part in unique employee workshops that used musical learning to improve business skills. The annual Arts and Business Cymru Awards encourage, acknowledge and celebrate exemplary partnerships between business and the arts across Wales. Salisbury has been entered into two categories – Arts and Small Business (under 100 employees) and Arts, Business and Employees. Winners are announced during a prestigious ceremony at the Wales Millennium Centre in July. Ann said: “Salisbury and Company has generously lent its support, including sponsorship, to the NWIMF for several years. “The music workshops were an extension of that support in that they helped involve Salisbury employees with the arts more closely. “I feel their ongoing involvement with the festival and their willingness to embrace the arts in such an innovative manner merits recognition, and an award from Arts and Business Cymru would be well deserved.” Salisbury and Company works alongside many North Wales businesses seeking to grow and improve their operations, as well as wanting to ensure their financial affairs are in good order. Jeremy Salisbury, director of Salisbury and Company, added: “The North Wales International Music Festival has been a fantastic advert for the arts and for St Asaph and the local community. “We’ve been more than happy to support this cause over the years, as one way of supporting the community...

Musical numbers show accountants’ artistic repertoire

ACCOUNTANTS are very good with numbers. But how do they fare with musical numbers? At Salisbury and Company in St Asaph, rather harmoniously it seems! Staff have been put through their paces by mezzo soprano and choral conductor Ann Atkinson as part of a unique Arts and Business Cymru initiative to improve business skills through musical techniques. By listening carefully to and conducting colleagues in rhythm and song, the accountants learned a little more about how to listen and lead, as well as work better together as a team. Director Jeremy Salisbury, whose firm supports the North Wales International Music Festival of which Ann is Artistic Director, was keen for staff to have fun as well as gain something from the sessions. “I had a talk with Ann and it seemed like a good idea,” he said. “It’s good to be out of your ‘comfort zone’ from time to time! “It was good fun to try something different that also makes you think about how you interact with colleagues and other people.” Staff had two sessions at The Dean’s Library in St Asaph. Led by Ann and assisted with a variety of simple musical instruments, they were led through a series of exercises that required listening and concentration. For a grand finale the Salisbury staff tackled harmonies to Abba’s classic track, Money Money Money, and they pulled off the tongue-in-cheek choice with aplomb. Tax advisor Sue Wolfendale, who likes to plays the piano, added: “It was great to try something a little different. After an awkward start I think we got into our stride by the end. “It was...

Local recruitment adds up for accountancy firm

WHEN schoolgirl Ceri Jones did work experience at Salisbury and Company several years ago, Aled Roberts had only just passed his final chartered exams. Now a company director, Aled interviewed and hired university graduate Ceri for the role of trainee chartered accountant, and the company’s successful recruitment wheel turned full circle. Ceri, 22, from Betws-yn-Rhos and fellow new-starter Sophie Haywood, 20, have become the latest young people from the local area to be recruited by Salisbury on full training contracts. With hard work, both women now have the opportunity to follow in Aled’s footsteps, gaining chartered status with the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) and the potential to become the company’s future directors. “I sent out several letters because I really wanted a training contract,” explained Ceri. “But I never expected to get something so close to home. “I remember reading the letter to say I’d got the job and then running to find my dad so I could give him the good news. I was so excited!” Sophie, who lives in Rhyl, has already worked in accounts departments for several companies and is currently studying for the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) exams. She said: “This is what I’ve always wanted. I was offered three jobs but this was the only one for me. I said yes straightaway. “I will train for the chartered accountancy exams and learn while I’m here, so close to home. It’s great for me.” Both Ceri and Sophie can take plenty of inspiration from their colleagues. Kelly Evans of Abergele is set to become one of the region’s youngest chartered...