At Hunts Accountants, we like to do things differently. 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.
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.
We understand that you need to "know the numbers" for your business. The standard profit and loss account and balance sheet have been the tried and tested standard reports about the performance of a business. We at Hunts go further, using the latest software to produce reports that help clients make decisions on issues like: what effect a price increase would have? What is the effect the current debtor to creditors ratio is having on cashflow? Another popular report is the 9 month report - put simply, this report gives you a picture of your business at a stage when beneficial changes could still be made to your tax liabilities.
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.
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 annual returns can be made on a same day basis in most cases.
We review our clients tax liabilities as a percentage of business profits generated and understand that it is our job to use the tax legislation shrewdly to achieve the best results for you. From the beginning getting the right advice about your options as a business is crucial and we help with questions such as- should I trade as a sole trader, partnership or a limited company is crucial. As the business grows we ensure you maximise available tax reliefs and then when you look to sell your business that we minimise the tax burden.
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:
The process of completing your annual self assessment tax return can seem very daunting and and with the new system of penalties for errors, having an accountant submit your return for you can give you peace of mind. As well as preparing your return Hunts are here to give advice on maximising your allowances and relief, mitigate inheritance tax liabilities and advise on capital gains issues.
We understand that most small businesses like to maintain their own business records and we support you to do this whether you use manual books or the latest Sage Line 50 system. However we also recognise that some clients wish to outsource, therefore we offer a service that starts from you delivering bank statements, cheque stubs, purchase invoices etc and collate all the information needed to produce accurate accounts. This part of running a business can be labour intensive and using this service can sometimes save valuable time and money by freeing up key personnel.
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.
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.
Hunts are accredited partners to market leading cloud accounting platforms
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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.
Our free mobile tax and finance app brings our accounting tool kit to your fingertips, 24/7. Functions include our GPS mileage tracker, latest tax calculators, key tax dates, useful tax tips, and partner links to QuickBooks and Receipt Bank.
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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.
Luke joined Hunts in 2012 and completed his AAT training whilst with Hunts. He is currently studying towards his ACCA qualification. In addition to preparation of clients’ accounts and VAT returns, Luke plays a key role in the implementation of Hunt’s new accounting software technologies. He is our in-house Xero expert and a Quickbooks certified advisor.
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.
Originally from County Durham, Chloe joined Hunts in 2016. In between studying, Chloe ensures the smooth running of business administration and is proving an invaluable source of knowledge across business software systems and social media, whilst providing payroll assistance for Carolyn.
Debbie is a highly experienced accountant and the longest serving member of the Hunts team. Before joining Hunts, Debbie spent 10 years in finance with Lloyds bank, and 2 years with accountants Butterworth Jones. Debbie gained her AAT qualification whilst taking time out to raise a family and has since become a fellow member.
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.
Justin joined Hunts after completing his extended diploma in business. He is on an apprenticeship scheme with us and progressing through his AAT qualification.
Amy brings to Hunts an assortment of international marketing and project management experience. Having worked freelance whilst raising a family, she is enjoying the opportunity with Hunts to work with local clients, businesses and Sherborne Chamber of Trade. Amy supports across all areas of the business from marketing, HR to administration.
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.
Hill-Yu joined Hunts Accountants in summer 2017. Hill-Yu recently moved back to the UK from Hong Kong having lived there for 8 years. Before moving to Hong Kong Hill-Yu completed her BA Honours Degree in Accounting and Financial Management at the University of Sheffield and is now working towards her ACCA.
Rebekah began her accountancy career with Hunts in 2009 qualifying as a professional accountant. Rebekah left Dorset to move to Bristol working for TP Lewis & Partners where she qualified as a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT). Rebekah re-joined Hunts in 2016 as a part-qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and will complete her final exams this year. Rebekah manages her own portfolio of clients and brings a wealth of professional experience and knowledge to the team.
Accountant (Maternity Leave)
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.
Practice Manager (Maternity Leave)
Originally from Zimbabwe, Emma joined Hunts in 2011. After completing her AAT she was able to leverage her payroll, VAT and accounts expertise in an administrative function. Emma is responsible for the smooth running of the office and has developed strong links with Sherborne Chamber of Trade.
28th November 2017
Saturday 25th November marked the “six months to go” milestone for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
In case you missed it, the GDPR is a new piece of EU legislation which will apply to all UK businesses (size doesn’t matter), from May next year (regardless of Brexit) and updates the European laws on how personal data of EU citizens is processed by businesses and organisations. Whilst very similar to the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 it does introduce some changes particularly if you’re a “data processor”, use third party processors, or if you rely on consent as the lawful basis for processing (which you probably do for your digital marketing), although there’s obviously much more to it than that.
Needless to say, if you’ve not already started thinking about how the GDPR applies to your business, then now’s probably a good time start. A good place to start is to have look through this slide deck from a talk Flavourfy Digital (https://flavourfydigital.co.uk) delivered for Sherborne Chamber a couple of weeks ago (https://flavourfydigital.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/How-the-GDPR-will-change-the-way-you-do-business-Sherborne-Chamber.pdf).
27th November 2017
As predicted, the October budget was fairly low-key and without surprises. Despite speculation surrounding a reduction in the VAT threshold, the chancellor has confirmed it will remain at £85,000 for the next two years. Please click here to find out more on the key points likely to affect our clients.
15th June 2017
We have recently been made aware that a scam from last year is going around again and we are writing to warn you about it.
The scam involves sending a letter to UK businesses advising them that they need to update their details for the company registers. If you complete and return the form, they then write to you advising that by signing the form, you had agreed to them publishing your details and agreeing to their fee of £900 + VAT.
There is no such compulsory register which you have to update your details for. If you own a limited company and need to change your details, we can do this for you. If you receive any documents from Companies House or HMRC which you are unsure of, please contact us and we will be happy to run through them with you.
We are always interested to hear from talented individuals looking to take the next step in their career.
Please address your CV to Nick Hunt at: Hunts Accountants, The Old Pump House, Oborne Road, Sheborne, Dorset DT9 3RX or email .
See below for details of our current vacancies.
The team at Hunts is continuously growing therefore, if there aren't currently any vacancies available there will be in the near future. Please do still send us your CV, we keep them all on file for review when vacancies arise.