A growing accountancy firm has welcomed three new members to its team.

Ulverston-based JF Hornby – twice named UK Accountants of the Year – has appointed the trio to bolster its payroll, admin and general accounting departments.

Andrea Kershaw has just joined the team after spending eight years at the Lakeside Hotel. She offers support to the team as an administrator and at the age of 50 is embarking upon an apprenticeship.

She said: “I am really enjoying my new role; there’s a great variety in what I do and I am finding that I have a great work-life balance. I also never thought I would be doing an apprenticeship at this stage of my career, but am really enjoying it.”

Abi-Gayle Aguirre, 22, studied accounting and finance at Leeds Beckett University. She is an accounts specialist and on a three-year training programme to become a chartered accountant.

Abi-Gayle joined the business having previously worked for another local accountancy firm. She said:

“I am really enjoying working with the team. My aim is to complete my exams and achieve chartered accountant status.”

Charlotte Turner, 21, is a payroll administrator and is studying for her level three Association of Accounting Technicians qualification. A former UVHS student, she has also completed a business admin apprenticeship.

Managing director Paul Hornby said: “I’m delighted with the appointment of our three newest colleagues; they bring with them different levels of experience along with a number of skills which complement our existing offering.”