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BLT sponsors VAT & Property Event 2020

BLT are delighted to sponsor this year’s Orca Law VAT & Property event once again – a veritable highlight of the VAT calendar. This year the event is going digital, and will be held over two days, 3rd and 5th November. We’re sure it will be just as insightful as ever.

Colin Smith, Chris Nyland, Kirsten Prichard Jones, Martin Scammell and HMRC’s David Millar will explore the latest hot topics at this two day digital event.

Full access to both days is £200 + VAT but if you sign up at first, you can receive a 20% discount from your booking.

For full details and to book your place go to


Pump Court Tax Chambers VAT Conference

BLT are delighted to support Pump Court Tax Chambers VAT Conference, to be held in London on 18th September 2019. This is an amazing opportunity to hear from the leading tax set, analysing the latest case law and current issues facing VAT practitioners. 

BLT clients can receive a 20% discount on the ticket price. Please contact before booking to claim your discount.

BLT are hiring!

£25 – £27,000 base, depending on experience + generous commission structure

Want to be part of the BLT story? We’re looking to recruit two Recruitment Consultants in London, one to join our award-winning Management Consultancy Recruitment Division, and one to join our Indirect Tax recruitment Division, the pre-eminent name in this niche field.

  • Recruit for some of the most prestigious names around
  • Be treated as a grown up; we’re not a KPI driven business.
  • Capitalise on the strength of the BLT brand; our reputation is second to none
  • A company characterised by a strong ethical approach.
  • Friendly, supportive culture; team work is valued and encouraged.
  • Work with and learn from a team of vastly experienced recruiters.
  • Your efforts will be competitively rewarded.

BLT is one of the longest- established recruitment businesses in the UK, with a great track record and reputation. We’re a small business with a real ‘family feel’, that punches well above our weight.

The role in our Management Consultancy Division will see you handle positions in the fields of Strategy, Change Management, Operational Improvement, Corporate Development, International Development, Brand & Innovation Strategy. You’ll be learning from and working with a highly experienced team, and will be recruiting for a range of strategy houses, mid-sized and boutique consultancies, in-house corporate teams, not-for-profits and start-ups.

The role in our Indirect Tax Division will see you work closely with the Directors on the continued development of our market-leading recruitment offering in the specialist (and rapidly expanding) field of Customs Duty & International Trade. You are also likely to work on junior to mid level VAT roles both in the UK and overseas. Our clients include all the major professional services firms, boutiques as well as some of the biggest and famous corporate names around.

To apply, you will need to demonstrate all of the following:

  • Prior recruitment and/or sales/marketing experience in the UK.
  • Individuality – our recruiters stand out, and you’ll need to too.
  • Genuine ambition to forge a career in recruitment.
  • Empathy.
  • Hunger to generate revenue for the company and yourself.
  • Exceptional communication skills.
  • Self-motivation whilst being a team player.
  • Confidence on the phone and in person.
  • Keen to become a recognised expert in a niche field.
  • Willingness to learn; recognisant that you’ll need to walk before you can run!
  • Resilience and adaptability.
  • A good sense of humour.
  • High degree of professionalism.
  • That you can operate in a small but growing company where everyone looks out for each other. No prima donna’s round here!
  • Good networking skills, both in person and on social media.

What do the team at BLT say about us?

  • The consultants here are professional consultants, not CV jockeys or wideboy salespeople. BLT is in it for the long term.
  • We’re really good people to do good business with. Our strong ethical values are at the heart of everything we do.
  • Very supportive and open environment, no-one gets their head bitten off for piping up with a question or asking for help.
  • You’re encouraged to be an individual and find your own way of effective working. We’re business partners to our clients, rather than mere suppliers.

If this sounds like you, please send your CV to Guy Barrand, Director at


Orca Laws VAT & Property Conference

BLT’s Indirect Tax team are delighted to be sponsoring Orca Laws VAT & property conference for the 5th consecutive year. Inimitable VAT & property guru Martin Scammell has once again attracted a wide audience to this great event which has now become a firm favourite in the Indirect Tax calendar.   It will take place this year on the 6th November at County Hall and  BLT’s Guy Barrand will enjoy catching up with many familiar faces!

Women In Indirect Tax Networking Group – 1st Anniversary! by Liz Watt

This week we’re celebrating the first anniversary of the Women in Indirect Tax networking group. Celebrating success isn’t something that sits comfortably with many of us, but this does feel like something positive to share, given that nothing similar existed before and the past year has seen the network grow in numbers, energy and momentum.

I started the WIT networking group because, as a long-standing recruiter in the Indirect Tax space, I could see that there were many women who felt isolated as they climbed the career ladder; as they became more senior, so their peer group diminished. There was a sense that that the sector was losing talented women because many felt that they had no forum to discuss the issues and challenges they were facing and did not have wider network to tap into.

As I had shifted my focus to running an Executive Coaching business for BLT, I was in a position to be able to establish this networking group. From 2 small focus groups, a year on we have progressed to having two thriving groups, a waiting list of people wanting to join and lots of plans and ideas as to how the network might evolve.

Members are drawn form the accountancy profession – big 4, mid-tier and smaller firms, from industry and commerce and the legal profession. The members of the current groups are mainly at senior manager level and above, but we have also involved some at a more junior level too and this has worked well, so there are plans to widen the networks demographic.

For those of you not familiar with the WIT network, what’s the format? We meet for an afternoon once a quarter and at each session we have a guest speaker who delivers a workshop or seminar, we have round table discussion where attendees can raise issues that are important to them and tap into the combined experiences of the group, and of course there’s plenty of opportunity to network. The content is most definitely not technical! Our excellent speakers have covered a diverse range of topics, from developing communication skills, resilience, personal presentation, dealing with ‘perfectionism’ and styling your working wardrobe. Coming up we will be exploring how to navigate organizational politics, enhancing emotional intelligence and developing confidence.

 The sessions are very interactive and the aim is to offer a learning and development opportunity and to have fun doing it!

I also think the sessions provide our members with the opportunity to take some time out for themselves, to act as a ‘pause’ in their busy working lives and provide some space for personal development and reflection.

Looking to the future, a key initiative is to establish a group for more junior indirect tax specialists, as I believe the issues they face are different and deserve dedicated focus.  This will also be a chance for them to look beyond their own firm or business and start making those vital connections within the wider indirect tax population. Plans are afoot to establish a regional group too.  And also a mentoring scheme that will draw together women at all stages of their indirect tax career.

It’s an exciting time! If you would like to find out more about the Women’s Indirect Tax Networking group, either for yourself or one of your team members, please contact me: e mail : or phone : 020 7405 3404

And if you would like help in establishing a networking group for your own niche sector, I would love to speak to you.

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Orca Laws VAT & Property Conference

BLT’s Indirect Tax team are delighted to be sponsoring Orca Laws VAT & property conference for the 4th consecutive year. Inimitable VAT & property guru Martin Scammell has once again attracted a wide audience to this great event which has now become a firm favourite in the Indirect Tax calendar.   It will take place this year on the 7th November at County Hall and  BLT’s Guy Barrand will enjoy catching up with many familiar faces!

Voice at the Table Conference : Ordinary People, Extraordinary Contributions

Liz attended the Voice at the Table conference : Ordinary People, Extraordinary Contributions on June 21st. Held in the magnificent surroundings of the Lansdowne Club, Berkley Square, the event celebrated the extraordinary contributions and achievements of ordinary men and women at work. The keynote speaker was Miriam González Durántez whose excellent speech really set the tone for the day.  We were shown how to bring our complete self to work and how to make use of our hidden talents. An important focus of the day for leaders was  how to look beyond the obvious in their colleagues and to leverage each person’s individual passions and strengths, thereby creating a truly inclusive culture. A key message of the day was to respect the individual and everything they have to offer. A really inspirational day!

Voice at the table

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