THE Southampton branch of business and financial advisor Grant Thornton has recruited a new VAT specialist to its team.

Joining the firm will be Joe Francis. He will work as the senior VAT manager and brings with him more than 15 years of experience working in the profession.

The office managing partner of Grant Thornton, Stephen Mills, said: “He joins Grant Thornton at an exciting time as we are investing in our business and people to ensure we maintain our position as market leaders in the region.”