Charity and Volunteering

We regularly take part in local and national fundraising events,
and each have the opportunity to take part in one volunteering day each year.

Our team has the opportunity to undertake one day of volunteering per year and is regularly involved in fundraising.

Michelle Adams, Senior People Manager

From Coffee mornings to Christmas Jumper days, Skydives, football tournaments, and tough mudder, our team is often involved in fundraising, volunteering, and charity events, both inside and outside of work. All team members have the opportunity to take part in one day volunteering per year.

In 2021, Shorts also joined the Rise initiative, an ICAEW-led programme that aims to help young people from lower economic backgrounds and the poorest UK households.  Volunteers support sessions and develop relationships with schools within their communities with a view to raising the aspirations of young students and helping them understand their career choices.

Several members of the Shorts team have already taken part in volunteering sessions around the region, with some of their experiences shared here.

What we've been up to

Charity and fundraising

  • Sheffield Half Marathon 2024

    Running for St. Luke's Hospice

    Eleven members of the Shorts team registered to run the 2024 Sheffield Half marathon. The team raised almost £1,100 for the Charity at the last count.

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  • Sky-Diving

    Sky-Diving for Ashgate Hospice 2023

    Two members of our team (Lauren Crampton and Sarah Whitehead) completed a charity sky-dive raising funds in memory of Lauren's father for Ashgate Hospice in September 2023. This amazing effort saw them raise over £2,200 - well done from us all.

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  • Coffee and Cake

    MacMillan Coffee morning 2023

    We have hosted Macmillan Coffee mornings for a number of years, at both our Sheffield and Chesterfield offices. Our team brought in all their favourite homemade sweets and between both offices, we raised an amazing £265.14! Thank you to all our wonderful bakers.

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  • Sparkle Walk 2023

    Ashgate Hospice Sparkle Night Walk

    On the evening of 1st July 2023, 13 members of the Shorts team donned their 'sparkly shorts' and raised over £1,000 as TEAM SPARKLE SHORTS in the Ashgate Hospice Sparkle Night Walk.

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  • Sheffield Half Marathon 2023

    Running for Support Dogs Limited

    Brian Gooch, Liam Buttery, Sarah Whitehead and Craig Lucas raised over £485 for Support Dogs Limited when they ran the Sheffield Half Marathon 2023

  • Sheffield Business Fives

    Football for Ashgate Hospice

    Matt Burton, Daniel Thomas, Bobby Thompson, Liam Buttery, Joe Nelson, Jake Furniss, Sean Busby, and Will Blumenstock, played in the Sheffield Business Fives in February 2023. They didn't win the tournament but had a great time raising £290 for Ashgate Hospice

Volunteering – RISE initiative

Why did you volunteer for the RISE project?

I know that to be successful, programmes such as RISE rely on volunteers. I attended a school that was not known for academic achievement and most of the pupils either took no exams or only sat CSEs. No one from my year at school went to University and I passed my degree as a mature student after I joined HMRC. I, therefore, had been in the pupil’s position and could relate to them.

What did you have to do?

The RISE programme consists of a number of tasks all aimed at developing specific skills such as communication, team working, and problem-solving. The pupils work in small groups and, as a volunteer, I moved between the groups helping with the tasks where assistance was needed and talking to the pupils about how the tasks relate to my job and why the skills are important. There were also opportunities to talk to the pupils about their career aspirations and about my own education and career.

What Qs were you asked?

They asked lots of questions ranging from ‘Did you know what you wanted to do when you left school ?’ to ‘What is your favourite chocolate?’ They made me feel very welcome and were happy to include me in the tasks and their conversations.

Did you feel it had been a worthwhile experience?

I really enjoyed my morning at the Academy and feel it was a worthwhile thing to do. I was busy all morning and would have happily spent more time there. I felt that I learned as much, if not more, from the pupils as they learnt from me. I will definitely volunteer again if the opportunity arises.

Did you enjoy it?

I would recommend being a RISE volunteer but feel that you have to be a confident person and have experience talking to teenagers to enjoy it ( I was a guide leader for nearly 30 years). There were approximately 70 pupils taking part and they were noisy and excitable. It is not for the fainthearted!

Did your experience meet your prior expectations?

The experience far exceeded my expectations. I did wonder whether I was too old to relate to the pupils and whether they would be interested in talking to me. In fact, they were more than happy to talk and listen and I did feel that I had made a difference.

Life at Shorts

  • Beginning your career
  • Career Progression
  • Healthy life balance
  • Enjoying our work
  • Employee Benefits
  • Team News
  • Working at Shorts
  • Career Opportunities

Beginning your career
First steps

 

Our recruitment program includes many just starting out on their career journey in accountancy.

Whether joining through our graduate program, as an apprentice, or studying for higher qualifications, all of our trainees are fully supported throughout their training journey, and many stay with us after completing their studies.

Career Progression

Career Progression
and development

For many, completing professional qualifications is only the beginning of their journey. Understanding how to achieve a promotion or climb the career ladder is the natural next step.

So, our Management Development Program is designed specifically for those individuals wanting to understand, plan and navigate their route to promotion.

Through a program of structured courses, mentoring, and training we continue to support our team throughout their development journey.

Healthy life balance

Healthy life balance

 

We look after our clients really well, but we also look after our team, because we know that their welfare and development are equally as important.

For everyone, personal time when we are not working is extremely valuable, and it is for that reason, that our zero overtime policy was created. Fundamentally, we do not expect any of our team to work more than their basic weekly hours.

Although this practice is quite unique within the accounting industry, we are proud to consistently see average overtime at less than one hour per employee per month.

Hybrid working, core hours, and zero overtime policies mean that our team manage their time better – both in and out of the office.

Enjoying our work

Enjoying our work
Time and space to enjoy what we do

Image of the team relaxing during a break

We don’t work to unrealistic timescales and never accept client work that we are unable to fulfil.

We aim to manage our employee levels to ensure that our team is always around 15% over capacity at any time, meaning that they should never feel overwhelmed or under undue pressure

Consequently, our team have the appropriate time to focus on their work – time to think, time to analyse, and time to bounce off one another with ideas. Not only does this lead to improved job satisfaction, but also results in higher levels of client service.

Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits
What's in it for you

Those who work for Shorts can expect all the stuff you would normally expect from a really progressive form, and lots more besides.

Team News

Team News
What we've been up to

 

We work together, celebrate our successes together and always share our team news.

To find out more about what’s been happening recently, visit our LinkedIn page.

Working at Shorts

Working at Shorts
and what it's really like

We have created an environment where our team feel supported, developed and happy.

We provide our team with a blend of interesting and challenging work with time to contribute their own ideas, concentrate on personal development whilst ensuring a healthy life balance, both in and out of work.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities
Current vacancies

Interested in working at Shorts?

Visit our careers pages for details of our current vacancies.

Beginning your career

Team News

Our recent Team News

Xero Award winners - Large Firm of the Year

We are delighted to confirm that once again, Shorts has been announced as winners of the Large Firm of the Year category at the 2024 annual Xero Awards. 

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On the shortlist: 3x Insider South Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards (2024)

The Shorts team is excited and proud to have been shortlisted once again for the 2024 Insider South Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards. Following on from our four category wins at last year's event, we are thrilled to have been shortlisted for three awards this year.

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Football Shirt Friday – The Bobby Moore Fund

  The Shorts team joined in with 2024’s Football Shirt Friday, a wonderful initiative supporting Cancer Research UK’s Bobby Moore Fund. This event not only raises awareness but also provides direct support to vital research in the fight against bowel cancer. Set up in memory of legendary World Cup-winning England captain Bobby Moore, who sadly died of bowel cancer in 1993, the fund enables pioneering research dedicated to early detection and diagnosis, improved treatments, and reducing inequalities in cases.

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We’re always open to talking to great people. If you feel that Shorts would be a great fit for your next career move, then why not send us your contact details; we’ll give you a call and maybe meet up to chat over coffee? (If you’d prefer to send us your CV, you can add that too) As part of our commitment to promote diversity we ask that candidates remove any personal traits such as name and date of birth as part of our initial screening process thus enabling us to make talent decisions based on skills and experience.