Aldous & Saunders

More than your everyday accountants

ABOUT US

We’re a small accounting firm and proud of it.

If you’re looking for friendly local accountants who will return your calls, communicate in a way you can understand, support your business as it grows and minimise your tax bills – that’s exactly what we do.

Using the latest technology, our aim to automate your accounting and record keeping so you can run your business efficiently in the knowledge that you have a team of experts in the background taking care of the day-to-day accounting processes for you.

Why choose us?

We listen more and are available when you need us, we believe this is the best way to support you and your business. Continued investment in training ensures our team’s knowledge is on point, and the practice is owned and managed by its partners, so you’ll be working with people who understand what it means to build and run a business.

Fast response times

Accounting is an ongoing process. We build long term relationships.

Cloud Specialists

We’ve been working in the cloud since 2012. You’re in safe hands.

Fixed monthly Fees

Our monthly packages provide maximum value for the fees we charge.

Personal Attention

Your own supportive team on hand. Overseen by an experienced partner.

We are proud to support QuickBooks

The world’s number 1 online accounting software

Accounting software that helps you create custom invoices, manage VAT and see your data in real time. Find out how we can work directly with your data online and more about our services below.

New to QuickBooks or need a refresher?

Attend our free 90 min expert sessions and get up and running with QuickBooks in no time.

During our expert sessions you’ll learn how to connect your bank, create invoices and record payments, add and manage your customers and suppliers, and stay organised by using receipt capture.

OUR PACKAGES

A transparent approach to pricing

We believe in providing a transparent approach to pricing. You will receive a detailed proposal packed with services that will help you become more organised. No two businesses are the same, we have outlined our typical packages below. Prices may change due to the complexity of your business.

Services offered by Aldous & Saunders

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We don’t compete on price, we compete on service

Over the years, our clients have been attracted by our approach to providing excellent customer service, it’s reflected in our hard-working business support & services and is one of the reasons why clients want to work with us. We are very much a hands on practice. Your client manager will be available whenever you need them at no extra cost.

MEET THE TEAM

Outstanding customer service is all down to a fantastic team.

Meet the people behind Aldous & Saunders.

Tracey Aldous

Tracey Aldous

Co-Founder Director/Senior Accountant

I am a licensed accountant with over 16 years in professional practice who can offer business advice, personal tax, capital gains tax, VAT, payroll, software training, Accountants reports and independent reviews of charity accounts.

I enjoy working with small to medium-sized businesses with a particular focus on e-commerce and online businesses.

Glenn Saunders

Glenn Saunders

Co-Founder Director/Senior Accountant

I have over 20 years’ experience running various small businesses and fully licenced working in the accounting profession.

I oversee a portfolio of commercial clients together with my team of client managers who provide daily business and accounting support. I particularly enjoy mentoring and supporting start-ups from initial concept through to implementation and growth.

With an impressive network of contacts, I am quick to draw upon the expert knowledge of other professional advisers such as solicitors and HR experts and, where appropriate, happy to arrange client introductions.

Lidia Dardai

Lidia Dardai

Trainee Accountant and Client Manager

I started working for Aldous & Saunders in September 2019 as Accounts Assistant whilst studying towards the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma.

I am now qualified, and my current role is Trainee Accountant. I provide accounting support to a varied portfolio of clients preparing annual accounts and personal or business tax returns.

Charlotte McDonald

Charlotte McDonald

Trainee Accountant and Client Manager

I joined Aldous & Saunders in March 2020 as Assistant Accountant. At the time I was working towards AAT Level 4 and qualified in 2021. I am now working as a Trainee Accountant producing annual accounts and tax returns.

I enjoy my role working with a portfolio of clients from various business backgrounds.

The whole team is motivated to provide the best customer experience and are a delight to work with.

Megan Crisp

Megan Crisp

Assistant Accountant

I joined Aldous & Saunders in November 2019 as the company Administrator and Payroll Assistant – a role that I enjoyed and excelled at. I was offered and accepted a new promotion to Assistant Accountant that includes a fantastic training programme with the AAT. My new role includes general bookkeeping and VAT support for the client managers as well as providing cover for the Payroll department.

Tom Moss

Tom Moss

Assistant Accountant and Client Manager

I joined Aldous & Saunders in August 2020 after studying Economics at University; I mainly take care of the bookkeeping & VAT processing and preparing tax returns and financial accounts for a portfolio of clients. My goal is to achieve a position of Trainee Accountant and increase my understanding of business and accounting.

Lynsey Page

Lynsey Page

Assistant Accountant

I joined Aldous & Saunders in March 2020. I mainly administer annual self-assessment tax returns for sole traders. My other duties are preparing and filing VAT returns together with the provision of bookkeeping services to a client portfolio of monthly accounting clients.

Christine Locke

Christine Locke

Payroll Administrator

I joined Aldous & Saunders in August 2020 as the company administrator.

I currently oversee the On-boarding of new clients as well as preparing and filing various company payrolls. I should be the bubbly, cheerful voice you hear when you contact Aldous & Saunders that helps brighten up your day.

Why work for us

We are always on the lookout for talented people so why not join our team?

We’ve created a collaborative workspace where no good idea ever goes to waste and your career progression is assured.

You’ll connect with our people and see this as an opportunity to contribute to an exciting forward-thinking company.

Social events, celebration of successes and peer support is all part of the day-to-day at A&S and so is your professional development. Training and CPD resources will be at your fingertips to ensure your career continues to flourish.

FAQS

Aren’t all accountants the same?

Not quite, as we come in all shapes and sizes! However, we all indeed tend to do the basic accounting activities in the same way, after all, we are complying with legislation and HMRC requirements, but that is where the similarities stop.

Certainly, here at Aldous & Saunders we aim to become your trusted business advisers, moving far beyond merely producing a set of accounts once a year. That’s why we place such considered store on our close relationships with clients and genuinely work hard to achieve and maintain this, taking nothing for granted.

I’ve always seen my accountant as just a cost, a necessary expense – is that unfair?

It depends on your experiences to date. If all your previous accountant did was basically produce a set of accounts, and often late too, then it is not surprising you think of this as a necessary expense and we probably would too. However, we do go the extra mile and always try our level best to provide a service that goes way beyond a set of accounts, becoming trusted advisers.

Surely every set of accounts is produced in the same way by every accountant?

We all must produce accounts in a set format, as determined by HMRC with no scope for change. However, a set of accounts is only produced once a year, and the real difference is what happens the other 364 days of that year!

The advice, help and guidance you receive from us will make your life easier and take away some of the hassles of running your business. We can provide an outside perspective, answer any queries and provide clear guidance before your year-end, which gives you a chance to make an informed decision which will impact how much tax you ultimately pay. So, in this sense, we are different.

I can see you are a small firm; what are the implications of this for me?

It means you will deal with the same partner, who has a direct vested interest in making the relationship work. Our office team is a small tight-knit group, working in one open plan office, which means they know our clients by name. Nothing gets lost between departments.

We can allocate our time and resources according to the needs of our clients, as being small, we can react quickly if need be. If you would rather deal with a large multi-partner firm, with huge expensive plush offices (and fees to match), then we aren’t right for each other.

Who will I deal with within the practice?

You will deal with one of the partners throughout for your initial meeting, midterm review, before year-end to review your position, to make any tax saving recommendations, and after your accounts have been produced. Plus, of course, any advice needed throughout the year.

You will also be introduced to your personal Account Manager and they will handle any day-to-day admin issues, payroll, VAT, Auto Enrolment, etc.

How quickly will you tell me my tax liability?

Provided you give us all the information we need to produce your accounts, we normally calculate your liability within four months of your year-end, giving you plenty of time to prepare.

When are my accounts likely to be completed?

Working together we can produce your accounts within four months of your year-end, although they don’t have to be produced that quickly.

What we don’t do is produce your accounts right at the last minute, just before the submission deadline – it is too stressful and gives you precious little time to make arrangements to pay HMRC any monies due.

Remember! A set of accounts on its own has little practical use, as they are by nature a historical record and we are all living in the present, focussing on the future. That’s why in many ways the meeting we do just before your year-end is more important, as we can look at trends and have a pretty good idea of what your financial year is going to look like, meaning we can act to reduce any tax liability if it is right for the business to do so.

Do I have to come to you or if possible, will you travel to see me?

It is easier for you to visit us or to arrange a zoom meeting, as we have everything to hand and being blunt it is cost-effective too. It’s not that your time isn’t valuable, but as we operate on a fixed fee basis, we normally price in no travelling time or expense, keeping your investment as low as possible.

I know you operate on a fixed fee basis, but what if there is extra work to do in the year, what happens?

We promise to deliver what we have agreed at the outset in our letter of agreement. If that takes us longer than we have planned for, then so be it and that is our problem. If we quote you a fixed fee for the year, that’s what it will be.

If you require any additional services that have not been included in the initial letter of agreement, then we will come to an arrangement and let you know in advance what these costs are likely to be.

When is the right time for me to change accountants, at what point in my financial year?

We would argue that the extra value we deliver, means you should rarely wait to change accountants, as the danger is you end up accepting second best for far too long and if not now, when? Obviously, if your current accountants are just finalising your accounts for last year, then it might be prudent to wait but our advice is ‘let’s talk’ and see what’s best for you.

Why do you contact my existing accountant when I am moving over to you?

Apart from professional courtesy, what we need is your background data to find out what has been submitted on your behalf to HMRC. Your previous accountant will hand this over and it will give us a much better understanding of your position. Frequently, the information takes some interpreting and clarifying, (especially if the relationship between you hasn’t been great), but we’re not happy until everything is sorted to our satisfaction.

I can see you recommend cloud-based accounting systems, but I’m not technically confident and this worries me

A common fear, but technology has moved on considerably in the last few years, is now very intuitive, and you can’t break it either! We will train you to ensure you are comfortable, and our team are very conversant with the different systems and are always on the end of the phone should you get stuck. And of course, should you require, we can take all the work away from you if you want our full bookkeeping service too. Please don’t worry on this score.

Deerheart Collective Limited

I can’t rate Aldous and Saunders highly enough, I contacted them to do the accounts for my business but they’ve done so much more. Being a young business owner, I’ve needed all the help and guidance I can get, Glenn has been my business mentor and has supported me all the way. Reasonably priced, friendly and hard working.

Amy Grant – Director

Business Growth Club

I have used Aldous & Saunders for over a year and have been hugely impressed with all aspects of their service. Everything has been produced on time, on budget and with the minimum of fuss. A great mixture of using an accounting system and personal, face to face support. Perfect!

Neil Foley – Director

EADR Ltd

We have been working with Aldous & Saunders accountants since the beginning of this year and hand on heart the service we receive is exceptional. Tracey’s knowledge in making sure we’re dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s it really has been an easy transition. Not only have we saved money and time (if you’re not using cloud accounting you are missing a trick) but we have gained friends, and knowing they have your back with all aspects of business advice give us confidence. I can highly recommend this excellent company.

Alison Cooke – Director

CONTACT US

We’ll call you.

We would welcome the opportunity to have a chat, why not book a convenient time and day for us to give you a call.

All calls will be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday 09:00 – 17:00
Friday 09:00 – 16:00

Aldous & Saunders

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