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    My 5 Years at Broster Buchanan – Joshua Westley

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      My 5 Years at Broster Buchanan – Joshua Westley

      My 5 Years at Broster Buchanan – Joshua Westley

      For anyone taking the time to read this, thank you. Many of you may know me, and a few will not. This is my 5-year journey from joining BB to a 1 month-paid sabbatical. An insight into some professional and personal achievements over the past 5 years and what life is like behind the phone.

      My first 5 years at BB have been an interesting rollercoaster combined with the global pandemic, 4 offices and some big personal milestones. The one thing I can say is that I have grown a lot. Having 7 years of recruitment experience and being one of the least experienced within the business has its benefits; being surrounded by people with double and triple my experience has been an incredible learning tool. So, what do I actually do? I recruit transactional, part-qualified, and newly qualified accountants across East Anglia, with a particular focus on Peterborough, Huntingdon, South Lincs, and Fenland, whether this be in industry or practice.

      All of this has led to improvements professionally, and I have also become a better person mentally and physically. Some of my biggest achievements over the last 5 years include:

      • 2024: On course for Quarterly and Annual Incentive
      • Consistently Top 3 in the BB business for placements over the last 3 years
      • Got married and have a 2-year-old son
      • Losing close to 5 Stone in weight
      • Running my first Half Marathon ever and under 2 hour target

      All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my peers in Peterborough office and the wider business. This is all a combination of hard work and the flexibility available to me from day 1 within BB. Having confidence to start a family, knowing I can be around when needed at the drop of a hat, hybrid working and being flexible with my hours when needed, no questions asked and the trust from management. Personally, the flexibility has led to a much healthier lifestyle as well, with a gym membership as a benefit at BB, it gave me the chance to train for a half marathon. Positive role models around me within BB wanting the best for you have helped me realise some lifestyle choices. The biggest of which led me to lose 5 stone in weight and run a half marathon, which was a pipe dream at my heaviest, which have led to a better state of mind and performance at work.

      5 years means a Sabbatical at BB!

      Reaching a 5-year milestone with BB, means a 1 month paid sabbatical that I can not wait to benefit from. The opportunity to make memories with family and have a business that celebrates milestones is truly amazing. For me, taking August 2024 off, married to a teacher, it was the only option! Being able to take this whenever you want with no restrictions and having the business support me during the busy holiday season is something I won’t forget. I am off to enjoy a cruise and some time in Cornwall, spending quality time with the family. Looking forward to seeing what 5 more years can bring, excited for August and see how life is in September!