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Last updated on April 25th, 2019 at 02:06 pm

Where to find an accountant

It is essential to look for someone who has professional accounting qualifications, most accountants will belong to one of the professional organisations and many of these will let you check that the accountant is actually a member  The organisations to look for include:-

Having said that, the author feels that best way to find a good accountant is through personal recommendations, talk to other businesses about their accountants and you will soon get an idea of what they are like – reports will range from “excellent”, through “good” to “ok”.

Where else can I get recommendations?

There are several ways to get recommendations and, in the authors view, they include the following :-

  • Friends, family, business associates and contacts
  • Professional or trade associations – this can be particularly useful if you’re looking for an accountant that specialises in your business sector
  • Looking on our blog ,websites listing local accountants  and directories listing accountants
  • Bank or lawyer

Bear in mind that it’s always best to start looking for an accountant well before you need to use one.  You are, in all likelyhood, going to be relying on your accountant to produce reports, tax returns and save you money on tax etc.  It is important that you feel comfortable talking to the accountant and their staff either on the telephone, face to face or via emails – do they give you the sense that they have your interests at heart and will they spend time explaining things to you.

Because this is such an important decision you should not leave it to the last minute before deciding which accountant you are going to use.  In deed, you will probably need advice before you start your business to make sure that you are trading in the right way and have the accounting systems set up ready to track your expenses, sales and profits.

Once you have found some names and considered their reputations and qualifications, you should draw up a shortlist of 4 or 5 accountants you’d like to contact, then contact them and ask for a free initial meeting so that you can talk to them about how they could help you and what is expected.  At this initial meeting you might even be able to get a ball park figure for the cost of using them as your accountant – but remember that cheapest is not always best.

About this section

We know from both personal experience and talking to other small businesses that one of the worries for a new or small business is finding an accountant that they feel happy with.

This section of our website lists accountants from across the UK with a brief summary and also a link to their site so that you can find out more about them in their own words.  You can even use the search box below to search the entire section of the site to see if we have any listings in your area or that cover your business sector.

We hope that you find this section useful.  Please note that we have not been paid for any of these entries and we do not get any commission if you use one of the firms in this section.

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