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Mike Beament: 1954 – 2017

We’re very sad to announce that Mike Beament, one of the founder members of BLT, passed away yesterday peacefully after a short illness.

Mike and his co-founders established BLT in 1987 as a recruitment company built on a strong ethics, unrivalled knowledge of the niche areas in which we operate and a certain amount of individuality in the way which we do business – values which remain strong to this day. Mike was particularly instrumental in creating a ‘family feel’ to the BLT culture – put simply, it was great fun working with and for him.

All Mike’s colleagues past and present will remember Mike for his tremendous warmth, wit and integrity and we are thinking of his family and friends at this sad time.


Orca Laws VAT & Property Conference

BLT’s Indirect Tax team are delighted to be sponsoring Orca Laws VAT & property conference for the 3rd 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 calendar.  BLT’s Liz Watt and Guy Barrand are enjoying catching up with so many familiar faces!

 

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International Women’s Day

Liz attended a dinner hosted by Women in Recruitment to celebrate ‘International Women’s Day’

 

International Womens Day

BLT’s Indirect Tax Market Report 2016….

…is now published! As well as detailed information about salary bandings and benefits for Indirect Tax professionals in the UK and internationally, the Report also includes information on current trends and challenges facing the Indirect Tax professionals in the future.

  • What type of organisation pays the biggest bonuses?
  • Have there been more in-house appointments this last year?
  • What proportion of Indirect Tax professionals in the UK have no professional qualification?
  • Who’s been appointing most women over the last year?
  • What type of organisation has most people working part-time?
  • What proportion of UK Indirect Tax professionals joined the discipline as a graduate entrant?
  • From where have the bulk of UK Big 4 appointments been made?

Answers to all these questions (and more) are featured in the Report. To request your free copy, drop us an email to vat@blt.co.uk


A thought provoking FS debate

BLT were delighted to be asked to participate in Deloitte’s EMEA Financial Services and Insurance Indirect Tax Conference on the 2nd October. We were invited to join the panel session closing the conference, the subject matter being: Specific Challenges Facing In-house Indirect Tax Teams. As one of the key challenges facing such teams is the attraction and retention of staff, we were happy to provide our input. Liz Watt represented BLT and with 27 years of recruiting indirect tax professionals under her belt, she had plenty of experience to bring to bear on this discussion. Other members of the panel were leaders of Indirect Tax teams in both the Banking and Insurance sectors, as well as Deloitte Partners with a particular interest in People issues.

A lively and thought provoking discussion ensued, covering a wide range of issues, including the type of attributes required for high performance within the industry;  the impact of technology on the type of candidates sought;  how the requirements of an FSI tax team have changed over the years;  the training, background and experience required in those looking to work in an in-house role;  how the sector can attract more talent and what the future holds for Indirect Tax teams in the finance and insurance sectors.  So some weighty issues that have an impact on all those present.  The discussion emphasized the fundamental importance of paying close attention to the rapid pace of change in the sector and ensuring that hiring decisions are made in the context of these changes.

If any of these issues resonate with you or your business, whether FS or non FS ,  and you would like to discuss further, please don’t hesitate to call Liz Watt at BLT on 020 7405 3404


EMEA Financial Services and Insurance Indirect Tax Conference

run by Deloitte.  The subject of the panel session – challenges facing in-house Indirect Tax Teams – made for an interesting debate. More advice for in-house Indirect Tax Teams from Liz Watt.

Welcome to Central Court

We are now one week in to our new offices at Central Court and we are all delighted with the move! Thanks to our fantastic support team of Geri and Becky, the move has been remarkably smooth and any minor technology glitches have been quickly sorted out, so we’re pleased to report that it is business as usual at BLT! Read More

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