Independent accountancy firm Vale & West was among leading Thames Valley-based businesses at the recent careers evening of St Joseph’s College – although Vale & West has closer links to the school than most.

Not only does Vale & West share its 1894 foundation date with the Reading-based independent school, but a former associate of the firm helped save St Joseph’s Convent from closure in 1977, by re-establishing it as today’s thriving St Joseph’s College.

Apart from providing personal advice on the evening from their own accountancy career experiences, Vale & West seniors Lauren Ball and Chisom Umeh (pictured, left to right) had a lot of local business knowledge to share with St Joseph’s students – after all Vale & West has also been Reading-based for 125 years.

Today, Vale & West is a vibrant partnership, spanning three centuries, two world wars, and one long proud heritage of proven professional service for its clients.

 “Our long-term success is underpinned by our talented staff, strong associations within the local professional services community, plus our focus on high quality accountancy performance and customer service satisfaction,” explained managing partner Jason Pyke.

“We will retain our core values of close, knowledgeable and committed client support – key to our continuing success – but as our attendance at tonight’s careers evening highlights, we are looking to grow the practice,” he added.

Christine Long of St Joseph’s College said: “The feedback we have received from pupils, parents and other advisors has been extremely encouraging.”