• Following redundancy in 2009, Sarah Stevenson and Mary Maguire decided to set up their own bespoke accountancy recruitment business. With nearly 40 years recruitment expertise between them, plus unrivalled knowledge of the local finance and  accountancy recruitment markets, this was once in a lifetime opportunity that they couldn’t miss.

    From recession in 2009 to success! Our business has gone from strength to strength, being recognised as the ‘go to’ financial recruitment specialist in the area. Successful business award wins at the IOD’s Director of the Year Awards and the Derbyshire Time’s Business Awards were recognition of all that Astute has achieved, and our growth plans for the future.

    2021 saw unrivalled growth for our business and 2022 marks an exciting time for Astute, that has seen our Head office team grow to 13!

    From individuals to businesses, it’s critical for a company to inform, educate and inspire its existing and potential clients and candidates. For our recruitment business, Astute, that’s what we have been doing for many years.


    Who are we?


    • We’re the leading independently owned accountancy recruitment specialist across the East Midlands, including Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire.
    • We’re the only East Midlands accountancy and finance recruitment specialist to have over 200 5* Google business reviews.
    • We’re the only recruitment specialist to have over 15 business award wins / finalist accreditations

    What do we do?


    • For organisations we find the very best talented people for their team.
    • For individuals seeking their next career move, we present the best job opportunities.

    Why does that matter?


    “For your business to grow, you need the right people. 

    We believe everyone has the right to a fulfilling career,

    not just any job but the right job!”