Where to start when looking for a chartered accountant

There are many benefits to hiring a chartered accountant for your business. Here, we explore them.

Chartered accountants are crucial when it comes to running your business, whether it’s their expert advice, or their extensive financial knowledge, they are there to provide a strong support system for you and your organisation. Chartered accountants offer support in many ways, from when your business is just starting up, helping you manage your financial books, and providing guidance as the company develops.

Now, you may be wondering what the difference is between an ordinary accountant and a chartered accountant. Well, a chartered accountant has at least three years of training and experience and has had to pass a number of additional exams. They focus on finances before anything else, and since their experience is heavily business focused, they generally work for large commercial organisations. Whereas, accountants will be responsible for completing jobs such as filing tax returns for a business or individual.

There are many benefits to hiring a chartered accountant for your business.

For one they’re reliable, and knowing that they’ve had at least three years’ experience helps you feel more trusting. Using a chartered accountant sets a guarantee of legitimate and professional work.

Chartered accountants have to pass a number of exams during their training and therefore have studied and become familiar with specific scenarios and how to deal with them. They are able to offer knowledge and experience that only someone with their training has.

Hours of hard work have been put into achieving their chartered status, so this has shaped them into someone who is constantly looking for ways to improve your business and will not settle for anything less.

A chartered accountant has to follow an ethical code to ensure they act to the highest professional standard. This includes five aspects to work by – integrity, objectivity, professional competence, confidentiality and professional behaviour.

The good news is there are lots of chartered accountants around, and it’s quite easy to track one down! Whether you’re after someone local or you’re looking for someone who has specific experience with your financial problem, there are chartered accountants all over the country. So, where do you start? Why not research different companies and find out who’s available nearby. A few examples include:

– Mitchell Charlesworth – Liverpool based chartered accountants with offices around Chester, Manchester, Warrington and Widnes.
– Meacher-Jones Chartered Accountants – based in Chester, working with clients around the North West, specifically, Cheshire, North Wales, the Wirral and Merseyside.
– Stone & Co – based in Ashton, Bristol, working with clients around the South West including, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Gwent.
– Richard Luckin – a chartered accountancy firm offering their services across Essex.

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel was the editor of SmallBusiness.co.uk from 2010 to 2018. He specialises in writing for start-up and scale-up companies in the areas of finance, marketing and HR.

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