About Us

We are an imaginative, ambitious team of accountants continually striving for ways to improve service and streamline processes. Significant investment in technology allows us to use our time together more effectively.

Liberated from the traditional number crunching we are able to personally advise, guide, support and review. We present you with an ongoing picture of your financial position in real time meaning you can make plans and decisions with confidence. Specialising in businesses of a turnover between £30,000 and £5 million, we take our time to understand the inner workings of your business, scrutinise the detail for even the smallest client and work closely with you to help you achieve your ambitions.

Ahead in the Cloud

Traditionally you may deliver your books and records to your accountant three months after the year end and about a month later your tax position would be calculated. In reality, you would have been unaware of your tax liability during your accounting year and therefore your tax liability would have crystallised at the year-end date.

The evolution of cloud technology has enabled us to work closely with our clients and share access to the most up-to-date financial information. We have therefore heavily invested in our team to provide professional advice on the latest cloud technology to provide you with a relevant, timely financial position. Cloud technology enables us to work closely with you on a quarterly or six-monthly basis to review your tax position during the financial year, enabling us to manage your tax liability not simply reacting to it months after the accounting year has ended.


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Our Services - We are here to help

Whether you are a start up business or an established small to medium sized company, we are here to provide the services you need to complete the full picture of your accounts. We'll help you maximize the potential of your business or new ideas.

Accounts Preparation

At Hunts, we go beyond the standard financial reporting compliance. We use the latest accounting software and technologies to produce accurate up-to-date financial information to help our clients make informed timely decisions.


We understand that VAT often seems like a burden; the statement of being an "unpaid tax collector" is frequently heard. Although the government have tried to lessen the burden on small and medium sized business’s it still remains that calculating it correctly and delivering the VAT Returns on time takes you a considerable amount of time. We work with clients to help them prepare and submit their VAT Returns, and this can be in conjunction with the book-keeping service.

Hunts can also help you choose the right VAT scheme for your business - this decision alone could substantially improve your cash flow and potentially save hundreds of pounds in the amount actually paid to HMRC. In addition it can also significantly reduce the risk of genuine errors made and therefore time and money should you be the subject of HMRC visit.

Company Secretarial

We use a software based system for this which maintains the electronic file facility with Companies House. This means that maintaining and making amendments to your statutory records, filing confirmation statements can be made on a same day basis.

Business Tax

Getting the right advice about the structure of your business is crucual, as the business grows we ensure you maximise all available tax allowances and reliefs. We also provide proactive advice if you look to acquire or sell business to ease the pressure that come with this process.


Preparing payroll each month can be time consuming and complex, directing resources from core business activities. Its complexity is amplified by changing auto-enrolment, RTI, employment legislation processes and the accompanying regime of penalties for non-compliance. Whatever your business type or size (sole trader, small business or limited company), efficient payroll systems are crucial. We offer a full, flexible and tailored payroll bureau which not only relieves you of this pressure but also includes payroll advice to improve the performance of your business. Our service includes:

  • Weekly/monthly/annual payroll
  • PAYE registration
  • Advice on PAYE/CIS/National Insurance liabilities and due dates
  • Administration of statutory payments
  • Completion of statutory forms, including yearend returns to issue to your employees and submit to HMRC
  • Administration of starters and leavers
  • Advice on taxable employee benefits (eg. Company cars, employee loans)
  • Administration of incentive schemes and bonuses
  • Administration of pension schemes
  • P11D advice and completion
Personal Tax

With HMRC's new system of penalties or errors, having on of our accountants complete your annual self-assessment tax return on your behalf, can give you peace of mind. As well as preparing your returns Hunts are here to give advice on maximising your allowances and reliefs, mitigating inheritance tax liabilities and advise on capital gains issues.

Tax Investigation Fee Protection

Tax investigations are on the increase, with individuals and companies alike being targeted and under more scrutiny than ever.

Investigations are stressful, time-consuming and costly for the party involved. As your Accountant we want to protect you where possible which is why we offer a Fee Protection Insurance service which covers you against the cost of professional fees associated with a tax investigation. The cost for this protection varies according to whether you are a Limited Company, Partnership, Sole Trader or SelfAssessement client. Please contact us for more detail.

Company formations

We have the facility within the office to take instruction from a client in the morning to form a new private limited company, and be able to provide them with the certificate of incorporation with full company registers, memorandum of articles of association by the close of play the same day.

Cloud Accounting

The benefits of choosing the right accounting software are considerable: simplifying clients' administrative process and providing relevant, timely and accurate information to you and to us, ensuring we focus on real-time advice, support and planning in a cost efficient way.

Cloud accounting software has the benefit of enabling our clients and us to work on your accounts jigsaw puzzle in unison: you choose which pieces you do, while we work on the rest, and both parties have  access to the full picture in real-time.

We work with Quickbooks, Xero and Sage software and are able to integrate these into your accounting services with the provision of practical advice and support.

If you would like more advice or just need to chat an issue through, please talk to Nick on 01935 815008
or email . Alternatively, simply provide your details here and we will call you back.

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Team Profile

Nick Hunt FMAAT, Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor

Managing Director

Nick began his accounting career with Yeovil based firm Hunt Wagstaff (no relation), at the tender age of 16. He qualified as a professional accountant within his first 3 years and went on to work with Marshall Beavan in Gillingham. Following a period of time travelling Europe, Nick set up Hunts Accountants in 1998 in Sherborne. Since then Nick has provided insight, strategy and accounting support to over 1100 clients, serving as accountant bedrock to businesses in Sherborne and throughout Dorset and Somerset.

Andrew Morgan AAT, Certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor


Andrews' industry experience gives him excellent insight into how accounts are managed from the client side. Andrew is involved in preparing VAT and Management Accounts across a variety of clients and is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

Emma Robins AAT

Business Support Manager

Originally from Zimbabwe, Emma joined Hunts in 2011. After completing her AAT she was able to leverage her expertise as a Business Support Manager.


Senior Accountant

Jenny joined Hunts Accountants in April 2014 and brings with her a wealth of experience. She has worked with a wide range of clients from sole traders to limited companies covering all aspects of accounting from bookkeeping, VAT preparation, payroll, corporation tax and personal tax.

Maria Sobczyk QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor


Maria completed her AAT qualification before starting a family and went on to practise accounting with her private clients from home. She brings to Hunts invaluable experience in partnerships and sole traders accounts.

Aaron Thorne

Trainee Accountant

Aaron is an apprentice accountant, working towards his AAT qualifications. When not in the office Aaron loves football and plays in the Dorset league for Gillingham ham Town FC.

Luke Vivash ACCA, MAAT, Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor


Luke joined Hunts in 2012 and completed his AAT and ACCA qualifications whilst with Hunts. In addition to preparation of clients’ accounts Luke plays a key role in the implementation of Hunt’s new accounting software technologies. He is our in-house Xero and QuickBooks expert and a certified ProAdvisor.

Natasha Wiltshire MAAT


Natasha joined Hunts in 2007 and completed her AAT qualification whilst with us. In between time out to have children, Natasha has achieved her fellowship status, and is responsible for client’s accounts preparation, business and personal tax for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.

Melanie Wareham Quickbooks Certified Proadvisor


With 31 years experience as a bookkeeper, Melanie is our resident expert. She has experience across many bookkeeping platforms and is Quickbooks and Xero Certified.

Tom Pike BA Hons, QuickBooks Certified Proadvisor


Tom joined Hunts in 2017 after completing his degree in Accounting and Business at Bournemouth University, and is currently working towards his Chartered Certified Accountant status. Tom assists in the preparation of year end and management accounts.

Luke Newell-Ashworth CIPP

Payroll Officer

Luke is responsible for managing the Hunts payroll bureau. Luke is a member of Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals and has a wealth of experience across all aspects of payroll, auto-enrollment, NIL and CIS.

Amy Sellick BA Hons

Practice Manager

Amy brings to Hunts an assortment of international marketing and project management experience. Having worked freelance whilst raising a family, she enjoys the opportunity to work with local clients, businesses and Sherborne Chamber of Trade. Amy supports across the business from marketing, HR to administration.


Hunts are fantastic accountants that have advised us thoroughly as we have grown from a small start up to a multi million pound turnover company. Always on hand to help and advise, I would thoroughly recommend them to businesses both big and small.

Ross Davies, Koin Ltd

We moved to Hunts accountants last year and it was the best move we have made! The advice we have received has been invaluable, the whole team have been helpful and welcoming with a wealth of knowledge. The software we now use has saved us lots of time and made our lives so much easier-thank you!


Sophie Smith, AJS Plumbing and Heating

After 18 years of using Hunts accountants we are as happy as we ever have been. The best thing about Nick and his team (apart from great advice over the years) is that Nick talks our language. It`s been a pleasure watching Hunts grow from strength to strength and I believe that hunts accountants is large enough to support any business large or small. Well done Nick and team and good luck for the future.


Martin Hann, Wentin Fastners Ltd

Our role and responsibility with intaconsult is to maintain a long term relationship whilst providing an excellent service and reliable long term support for our clients, and the same applies to intalet, with our clients and their homes, both in the UK and Ireland. We are busy being busy, and we depend on Hunts to keep us on the right path, and see this as a long term partnership, which started in 2006. Nick and his team rock!


John Griffin, Intaconsult Ltd

Having worked with Hunts for many years the personal business advice we get is always well considered, and very necessary for a small company, which goes far beyond accountancy.


Ken Peterkin, Arttus Ltd

We have been clients of Nick Hunt since 2006. Hunts Accountants are superb. During my time with him, I was a practising Doctor.

Professional, accurate, and a very personal service. 

Always helpful and prompt in response.


David and Jackie Townsend

Some accountants speak solely in numbers. Nick's language is different; he absolutely knows his numbers of course but he also listens, he makes sensible workable suggestions and his guidance is invaluable. That's why I think of him as part of my team.

Joanne Myram, MD - Positive PR

From day one Nick and his team have made us feel important and not just another client. With Hunts in our corner we have seen huge growth within our company. Hunts have helped guide us throughout this period and become a crucial member of our team. Nick has not always told me what I wanted to hear and that degree of honesty has proved invaluable to me as we move forward.

Robert Rice, Director - Robert Rice Contractors Ltd

We have been associated with Hunts Accountants for many years. They go above and beyond what is required not only in service but quality of advice. Their expertise in looking after our accounts is second to none. Part of the service we receive is quarterly meetings with them, which has enabled us to grow our business in a very competitive market and move quickly when required. Nick has built up a great team who look after us - why would we go anywhere else?

Glenn Coombs, Director - Shelleys The Printers

Nick has been my accountant since the outset of my business in 1997, both of us as new companies. In this time Nick has always been open to ideas and professional with his advice, even if it wasn’t what I wanted to hear! His innovative approach is always up to date, with a flexible working relationship which has been of great benefit to the progress of our business. I would have no hesitation in recommending him and his team for all areas of accountancy.

Robbie Roskell, Director - Robbie Roskell Architectural & Building Consultants Ltd

We have not looked back since moving to Hunts. It has been so much easier to get answers to our questions and we value Nick's personal input when we invite him to contribute to our meetings. Nick's team has an excellent work ethic and it is a testament to him and his staff that they have recently had to expand into new offices.

David Stewart, Director - Sherborne Cottage Building Company Ltd

Hunts have been our accountants for the last three years and during this time we have found them to be very helpful, efficient and knowledgeable to our needs. Their business advice has been invaluable and has enabled our small business to continue to prosper through tough times. The service they provide is excellent, with friendly staff always ready to give that personal touch.

Kevin & Susan Pearson, Owners - The White Hart Inn, Corfe, Taunton

I have used Hunts for the last fifteen years. I consider that a large part of the success of my business has been as a direct result of Nick's sound but imaginative advice. Whenever I have a financial issue I never hesitate to ring Nick for a chat and I always look forward to our meetings, he might be an accountant but he is never dull.

Beverly Martin, Owner and Director - St Denis Lodge


  • 24th November 2020

    Sherborne 2020 Business Awards

    We're excited to be sponsoring the 2020 Sherborne Business Awards. What better time to celebrate creativity and what has been achieved.https://youtu.be/1-sbwjPUiFM

  • 2nd November 2020

    November 2020 Lockdown

    Following the announcement that we are entering another lockdown from Thursday this week until 2nd December, the Hunts team will revert to working from home full time, as we did earlier in the year. With the help of Cloud software and internet phones we are able to continue working as if we’re in the office, so there will be no disruption to your service and meetings will continue to be held via Zoom or phone.
    The office will be open for a short period on Mondays each week to allow clients to drop off records, for those who are unable to email them or upload to OpenSpace. If you do not yet have an OpenSpace account, please contact the office and we will be able to set one up for you.
    Government Changes- Furlough
    Due to the new lock down implemented, the Government have reviewed the furlough scheme which is now extended for the month of November.

    • The furlough support will be at the previous levels of 80% of salary up to £2,500 rather than the reduced rates seen in September and October.
    • Flexible furlough will also be in place, allowing businesses to bring back employees for part of November.
    • You can use the scheme for November even if the employer/employee has not used it previously.
    • To be eligible, employees must have been on an employer’s PAYE payroll submitted before 23:59 on 30th October 2020.

    The previously announced job support scheme will now be postponed until the furlough scheme ends.
     Please see the link below for more details:
    Self employed Income Support Scheme
    Clients eligible for the previous grants will be eligible for the extended grants if they’re still affected by COVID. According to the government website (updated Friday 30th October) grants will cover 40% of average monthly trading profits, paid in a single instalment and capped at £3,750. We haven’t yet heard of any increase to the 40%.
    For full details see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-extension/self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-extension
    Other Support
    Local restrictions support grant - Business premises forced to close will receive grants of up to £3,000 under the local restrictions support grant.

    • Properties with a rateable value under £15,000 will receive a monthly grant of £1,334 or £667 per two weeks.
    • Rateable values between £15,000 - £51,000, the grants will be £2,000 for the month or £1,000 per two weeks,
    • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive grants of £3,000 per month or £1,500 per two weeks.

    We are yet to receive guidance on how to claim these grants.

    Mortgage Holidays
    Mortgage holidays will be extended. Borrowers who have not yet taken a mortgage holiday will be entitled to a six month holiday, those who have previously had a mortgage holiday will be entitled to extend it to 6 months.
    Bounce Back Loans
    If you haven’t yet applied for your bounce back loan, we would still encourage you to do this now to create a reserve. For further details about the loans:

    Main high street bank links:

     As always, please do contact us if you have any further queries.

  • 28th September 2020

    Covid-19 Update 25th September

    We have two key announcements this week, please find details below of the key points which may affect you.
    Return to working from home
    In response to the working from home guidance this week, we will continue to adopt a working from home approach. However we will continue with a skeletal staff in the office, meaning the office will remain open during normal hours.
    Rishi Sunak cancelled the autumn budget and put together a Winter economy plan which was announced yesterday. The plan provided details of further government aid to help through the COVID pandemic. As always, we await the detail but please find below a summary of the key points:
    Job Support Scheme

    This will mean that staff can be asked to work reduced hours with the Government will pay 1/3rd of hours not worked from the 1st November 2020.
    There is good guidance with worked examples of how this will work, see the link below:


    • The furlough scheme will cease at the end of October as previously advised. However, the “Job Support Scheme will be launched in its place to help viable businesses. Employees will have to work at least a third of their usual hours, with the other two thirds of their salary being paid jointly by the government and employer.
    • The new scheme will be open to all businesses, even if they haven’t previously used the furlough scheme.
    • Employers using the Job Support Scheme will still be eligible for the bonus payable for bringing furloughed employees back to work.

    Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

    • The self employed income support scheme grants will be extended to April 2021 with a further two taxable grants available for November to January 2021 and February to April 2021.
    • The first grant will be calculated at 20% of average trading profits, capped at £1,875.
    • Details on the second grant haven’t yet been announced.

    Bounce Back Loans and CBIL Loans

    • Under a ‘pay as you grow’ initiative, the Bounce Back Loan repayment terms can be extended from 6 years to 10 years.
    • Borrowers will be able to repay just the interest or, in cashflow tight times, they can apply to suspend repayments altogether for a period of 6 months. This will have no affect on credit history.
    • The government guarantee on CBIL loans will be increased to 10 years to provide reassurance to lenders, and the deadline for loan applications will be extended to 30 November. A new scheme will be put in place from January 2021.   

    Deferred Taxes

    • Any vat liabilities arising from March 2020 to June 2020 that were deferred to March 2021 will now be able to be over 11 months, interest free.
    • Self assessment liabilities deferred from July 2020 and including liabilities due in January 2021 can also be paid over a longer of 12 months. It is not yet clear whether interest would be charged.


    • The current reduction in VAT to 5% for the hospitality and tourism industry, will be extended to 31st March 2021.

     Further guidance on the above measures 
    As I have said in previous emails I would encourage you all to look at using the measures being made available to maximise your cash reserves. My comments before about creating a "war chest" I feel are still very relevant. As we have already seen since March we continue to face a very uncertain time with restrictions seeming to be constantly changing this can only lead to a very tricky time for us all.


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Please address your CV to Nick Hunt at: Hunts Accountants, The Old Pump House, Oborne Road, Sheborne, Dorset DT9 3RX or email .
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