Seven new members of staff have joined the Taunton office of award-winning chartered accountants Francis Clark since it relocated to Blackbrook Business Park less than six months ago.

Helen Hayward and Indiana Perry have joined the Francis Clark's business services department as trainee accounts assistants while Chris Jackson has joined the corporate services department as an audit and accounts senior. Ruth Warren has joined the support team at the Taunton office as a secretary who will also provide marketing support for the three Taunton based partners of the top 25 firm.

Heather Britton and Karen Lecharpentier have both re-joined Francis Clark, Heather as a tax consultant and Karen as a corporate services manager.

Nadine Roberts has joined the financial planning team at the Taunton office as a client liaison manager.

Partner Martin Lock commented: "It's been a remarkable year for the Taunton office.  At the time we relocated, I said that the investment in a new office would demonstrate our commitment to the Taunton and Somerset business communities and offer us the opportunity to grow.  I am delighted that we have been able to create seven new jobs as a result of this growth and that these roles encompass both senior positions, managers and trainees."

Francis Clark's Blackbrook Business Park office now accommodates 3 partners and 31 other staff.  In total Francis Clark LLP has 47 partners and over 390 staff.

The firm has experienced growth across all its seven south and south west offices and is now ranked 24th in the Accountancy Age Top 50 UK Chartered Accountancy practices and 25th in the Accountancy Live Top 60.  In 2012, it won the LexisNexis 'Best Tax Practice in a regional firm' award and the British Accountancy Awards 'Tax Award of the Year (non global firm)'.

Francis Clark has recently been shortlisted in the categories of Mid-Tier Firm of the Year and Audit Award of the Year, Non Global Firm, in the 2013 British Accountancy Awards with the winners being announced later this month.