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About Howett Thorpe

Founded in 1988, we have an enviable client list in the local area. Our first class reputation is founded on providing a completely customer focused service, with the ability to offer individual recruitment solutions.

Our experienced consultants work within specialist teams providing recruitment services at all levels from Graduate Trainees to Finance Directors and Partners. The Qualified and Senior Finance team alongside our Non-Qualified and Transactional team recruit for businesses of all sizes from SME’s to Blue Chip organisations and PLC’s – providing Accountancy support staff such as Ledger Clerks and Payroll staff through Part Qualified, Management and Financial Accountants.

Our Executive Division is able offer a full range of recruitment solutions for roles including Financial Controller and Finance Director, Head of Finance and CFO’s.

Our established Specialist Sectors Division is now running along side our very successful Public Practice Division, and has responsibility for Tax recruitment in both Public Practice and Commerce as well as Risk & Internal Audit and Public Sector Recruitment.



Greg Thorpe’s Statement

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“Howett Thorpe is different; we focus on placing the right person in the right company and developing their careers, unlike other consultancies that are more concerned with how many people they can place each month.

My philosophy is simple: Understanding your clients and candidates is fundamental to the success of the recruitment process. We interview all our candidates in person (unless there are exceptional circumstances) and we visit our clients to discuss their needs and gain firsthand experience of their working environment and culture.

I became interested in recruitment when I was a student and my friends asked me for advice about job interviews.   I enjoyed being able to help them to find the roles they wanted and realised that knowing my friends as individuals enabled me to tailor my advice specifically to them. That discovery has influenced all my professional relationships with both clients and candidates.

A career in recruitment was a logical step for me. I started with Accountancy Personnel in 1985, loved the work and was quickly promoted to manager, first at Basingstoke, then at Guildford, before opening a new office in Woking. After about three years the company was taken over by a well-known national consultancy and suddenly my job was all about numbers rather than providing a quality recruitment service that truly understood the clients’ needs. This way of working seemed so wrong to me that I knew I had to set up my own consultancy to provide individually-tailored recruitment. The first Howett Thorpe office opened in June 1988.

One of my great satisfactions is that many of the candidates I have placed, whether they are part qualified or qualified, are still developing their careers with the same companies. A large proportion of them are now also clients.

I work as hard at recruiting my own consultants as I do at filling vacancies for clients. It’s essential that they always put maximum effort into filling jobs, be it a part time bookkeeper role or a Financial Director. Team members have previously worked for highly respected national and specialist competitors
or in the finance and accountancy sectors. I am proud to say that many of them have worked with me for 5 or more years; in a recruitment environment this is a great achievement and is very important in providing continuity for clients.

What is unique about Howett Thorpe is that consultants have the autonomy to make decisions so they don’t waste time waiting for agreements to be signed off at a higher level. I have always told my consultants; treat your desk as if it’s your own business.

We are all proud of the exceptional service levels Howett Thorpe has maintained since 1988 and the growth and development the business has enjoyed because of this. I am always available to speak directly to candidates or clients and always welcome any feedback.”


Greg Thorpe

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