Top tips for small businesses on choosing an accountant

If you are a small business on the lookout for a specialist, forward thinking accountant you can trust, we have put together a list of top tips for choosing the right accountancy firm for all of your needs.

Senior Manager Joanne Chilton

  • Do your research. Any accountants serious about providing an excellent service to clients will include a section on their website detailing the services they provide for small businesses, allowing you to see at a glance whether your requirements can be fulfilled and whether they have provided services for similar businesses in your sector.
  • Make the right choice. Ensure that any accountancy firm you approach to handle your business is Chartered or Certified, as they will be regulated by a professional body such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
  • It's all about added value. The right accountants will add financial value, as well as a plethora of skills, expertise, insight and knowledge, to your business. Managing your accounts and taxes are merely the basics of what an experienced accountant will offer you.
  • Look for the personal touch. It can sometimes be the case that UK-wide accountancy giants fall short when it comes to engaging with clients on a personal level. Opting for a local or regional firm with a specialist team means that your business will receive that personal touch.
  • Complement gaps in your knowledge with their expertise. If you are a relatively new business or you recognise there are areas of managing your accounts that are beyond you, opt for a firm that can fill in the gaps.
  • Get in touch. If you have heard positive things about an accountant via word of mouth or testimonials, or you like the look of their website but are still having doubts, picking up the phone or arranging a face-to-face appointment will answer any outstanding questions you may have. Speaking to an accountancy firm directly will confirm that they are the right fit for you.

Our Senior Manager Joanne Chilton says: “If you are a small business just starting out or looking to change accountants, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to find out more about an accountancy practice and decide whether they offer the services you need; from reading online testimonials to arranging an initial consultation.

“Here at Newby Castleman, we firmly believe that we are in a position to lead the way and offer an excellent all-round accountancy service to small businesses from a range of sectors across the whole of Leicestershire.”

For more information about the services we offer to small businesses, please visit the following URL:

For further information, please call our Leicester branch on 0116 254 9262 or our Loughborough branch on 01509 263500.