Investment bankers Roz Hartley and Geoff Syme have joined forces to operate an Auditel cost and purchase management franchise.

Prior to joining Auditel, Hartley qualified as an ACA with Deloitte in its London Audit Office before moving to a leading Swiss investment bank to work in the equities division. There she monitored and reported on the profits and losses of individual equity traders for a year before managing a team of controllers. She then moved into projects, working as a business analyst exploring, testing and implementing changes in several of the bank’s key accounting systems both in London and Zurich. Hartley said: “Known for my attention to detail and tenacity, my latest project at the bank was a consultant investigating historical errors and tracing lost funds totalling millions of pounds. I now bring these qualities to my Auditel clients, with an enthusiasm not often associated with cost management.”


Business partner Syme is a Chartered Accountant and prior to arriving in the UK, worked for six years in Public Practice in New Zealand and in the USA specialising in audit and forensic accounting. He worked with a wide range of clients from small rural schools to international engineering companies and across many sectors including retail, manufacturing and education. Since moving here, Syme has spent several years consulting on financial system change projects in investment banks, covering the full spectrum from selection through to implementation. The key to success was to gain a clear understanding of business needs and to ensure that expectations were met. Syme said: “I now bring my professional expertise, project management and analytical skills to Auditel to ensure quality cost management solutions are delivered to my clients.”

Commenting on why they decided to join Auditel they said: “It just felt right. We trusted and felt comfortable with the whole ethos of Auditel, the length of time the franchise has been operating and its reputation among its clients and franchise owners.”

The business partners recently went of a training course provided by Auditel, they said: “We thought it was very good, thorough and relevant. It has taken us a step closer to realising our dream of working for ourselves from rural Somerset yet using the experience from our previous careers to make money.”

Last month Auditel welcomed its 200th franchise owner to its network. Commenting on the growing popularity of the Auditel franchise Laurence Knott, of Auditel, said: “Applicants recognise the value of our cost and purchase management service in these challenging economic times. Our higher earners enjoy an income of over £200,000. Now is the time for any management professional who is seeking a career change to approach us. Our free discovery seminars give an indication of what may be achieved within our franchise, which can provide financial, business and personal satisfaction.”

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