What our clients say

You & your family


Malcolm Wells

“You are a star! Your professional knowledge is truly exceptional and our affairs are complex and far from simple and straightforward, especially in these difficult and uncertain times.

Thank you again and I now recall you telling us but got a bit lost amongst all the different complex facets of tax. I am still in a whirl and amazed at the amount of sound knowledge and advice you are able to give us which is invaluable and truly appreciated especially with my tax situation. ”


John Forkun

“Ellacotts responses are prompt, to the point and they are always able to apply their technical knowledge and experience in a practical and simple way to the matter in hand. They were proactive in asking me “What if…?” to give me an idea of other options and issues to consider so that I can keep my tax bills to a minimum.”


Roger Moon

“I have been a partner in a small family firm, which have used Ellacotts for over 40 years. We have occasion to use their services recently, and their professionalism and persistence were outstanding in getting us the best results.”


Richard Martin

“I had by chance seen an obscure piece of legislation on the HMRC website regarding the purchase of multiple properties. My solicitor knew nothing about it and doubted it would apply to my farm purchase. An internet search found little except a reference on the Ellacotts website. They guided me, my solicitor and surveyor, through the process and I was delighted to save about £15,000.”

Business services

Charlee Jackson, NSBS (UK) Limited

“Ellacotts helped us transition from an extremely complicated and obscure system to Xero, handling the entire migration process for us which saved us a major headache. The new system provides a user-friendly interface and perfectly meets the requirements of our business. As part of the migration, an unclaimed Corporation Tax rebate was identified and Ellacotts raised a successful claim, despite us being outside HMRC’s payment terms. The team have been knowledgeable, responsive and extremely helpful.”

Kevin Matthews, Finance Director, Cherwell Valley Silos Limited

“Ellacotts have been our auditors for many years and we have built a very close working relationship. They have been efficient and proactive, particularly in meeting deadlines, and provide a professional service.”


David Stone, Owner, Spearhead Training Group Ltd

“Ellacotts have been our Accountant for over 20 years and during that time have consistently delivered a friendly, personal and proactive service. In addition to completing our accounts in record time, they provide relevant and valuable commentary on the financial position of the company as well as ad hoc VAT advice. Plus, by taking the time to teach us how to produce accurate financial reports ourselves, they have also saved us money on our fees.”

Sandra Hall, Managing Director, Laser Lines Ltd

“Ellacotts have been the auditors and tax advisers of Laser Lines Ltd for many years and have a great understanding of our business. They have been extremely responsive and proactive and are able to provide specialist expertise across a range of areas.

The audit service is excellent, and they give valuable assurance to our shareholders and directors. They also offer timely and tailored advice on various tax matters.

Our business continues to grow and develop and we very much appreciate their continuing support and advice.”


Samantha Cribb, Financial Controller, PCM

“Ellacotts became our new auditors replacing our previous, long-standing auditors. Despite this being the first audit with them it went very smoothly and was well managed by the audit team.  Everyone involved at Ellacotts was experienced so we were only asked sensible questions and were able to get on with our daily work with only necessary interruptions. We are part of a French-owned group and so have very tight reporting deadlines for our year end but these were met with no dramas.”


Duncan Mallace

“Regardless of whether it was a UK tax matter, a complicated multi-national business deal or preparing annual returns, Ellacotts have always provided a first class service.”


Bob Colclough, Partner, Adelphi Associates

“The complexity of UK tax and finance legislation imposes a huge burden on small and growing businesses. Their help has been invaluable in coping with this complexity and providing guidance to help us achieve maximum benefits for our business. I would recommend their service to any growing business.”


Keith Schofield, Finance Director, First Line Limited

“We are an audit and tax client of Ellacotts and what impressed us the most was the seamless transition to working with them. It occurred with ease and they were very quick to respond to our questions, providing us with an expert and efficient audit which focused on our needs.”


Patrick McNeill, CFO, Smurfit Kappa Europe

“Ellacotts approaches payroll with clarity and confidence which ensures that everyone can concentrate on the most effective way to achieve their objectives. By engaging with Ellacotts we completed our project on time and I would recommend their services to other people. With them involved, I did not have to be involved.”


Andy Astell, UK Operations Manager, Taprogge UK Ltd

“Ellacotts have been our accountants and auditors since 2005 and we have been continually impressed by the service they provide. The team are always helpful and proactive with making recommendations and they are able to offer specialist advice in many different areas.”


Donna Cook, Director of Finance, Dogs for Good

“Dogs for Good transferred the payroll to Ellacotts in April 2018 with a smooth transition enabled by very helpful staff. They are professional, always helpful, knowledgeable and a great team to work with.”


Nick Laister, Director, Fairytale Farm

“We have used Ellacotts Payroll Services for a number of years now and would be delighted to recommend this service to any small business like ours. The service is efficient, fast and friendly, and they always give us a helping hand when any unusual issues arise.”


Jackie Robertson, Company Director, Echo Foods 

“Ellacotts have been our accountants for over 14 years now and during that time we have used their Payroll Bureau for all our payroll needs. They are always approachable to help with any enquiries I might have and they were especially helpful with the setup of the Workplace pensions two years ago. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ellacotts Payroll Bureau for all payroll requirements.”


Steve Johnson, CFO/COO, Collision Management Systems Limited

“Ellacotts have been running my payroll since 2013. There have been many changes in payroll during this period and have always dealt with these changes promptly and efficiently. The fully qualified team ensure my payroll is compliant with the ever-changing regulations, leaving me to focus on my business.”


Bernie Wegerhoff, Director, Siebtecknik Tema

“Ellacotts Payroll Bureau deal with our complete payroll in a very efficient and speedy manner and have done so for many years. We have asked them numerous questions regarding overtime and shift payment comparisons which have also been handled in the same efficient manner. The co-operation is excellent.”


Mike Beevers, Castor Business Consulting Ltd

“I have been outsourcing my payroll to Ellacotts since 2011. We have a set timescale to relay details, which I am able to change when required. They have been flexible by accommodating me with my seasonal workers. My completed payroll is returned within 24 hours of me sending in all the details. I have a main payroll contact however the rest of the team are always there to cover absences.


Tom Woodforde, Director, Redox Software Limited

“I’m up and running on Xero and it’s brilliant, I can’t quite believe that I can be so pleased about it all! The accounting normally takes me about a day a quarter, Xero will get that down to an hour. I’ve probably gained 3 days a year production capacity from this change.”


Headteacher, Gosford Hill School

“Gosford Hill School is proud to work with Ellacotts. Since our academy conversion, Ellacotts have continued to provide a professional and highly effective service. The staff are knowledgeable, approachable and deliver first class advice.”

Robert Barnes, Managing Director, L E Barnes & Sons Limited

“L E Barnes and Sons Ltd, have been a client of Ellacotts for the last ten years. Over these years we have been very impressed with the service we have received from Ellacotts. What is important to us is that they really seem to understand the complexities of our business and is able to offer the correct advice and support that our business needs.

What we appreciate most is how approachable they are and are always on hand to answer any query we may have. Equally, when other issues have arisen outside our normal business other members of the Ellacotts team have been available to offer the correct advice immediately. Our Audits and end of year Accounts have always gone very smoothly and been completed in good time. I have no hesitation recommending Ellacotts for their reliable and efficient service.”

Neil Simmonds, Independent Estate Consultant

“An innovative approach and a proactive attitude has resulted in positive changes for many of my clients who have utilised the services of Ellacotts. From business restructuring, tax planning and compliance work they always deliver to a high standard in a timely manner. Their involvement raises the bar and brings out the best in everyone.”

Richard Hartley, Richard Hartley Ltd

“We joined Ellacotts in 2000 as farming clients, having considered several other firms, but we felt Ellacotts were the most professional and we were immediately impressed with their specialist agricultural knowledge. They’re very enthusiastic and forward-thinking, especially concerning tax matters, which has been a big saving to our company and our family. We have no doubt in recommending Ellacotts to other landowning businesses – they deliver!”

Lord Saye, Broughton Castle Estate

“We have been clients of Ellacotts for a number of years and I have always been impressed with how they have handled the growing demands of my estate and trusts, always looking to our future to ensure we are in the best position. They have been extremely proactive in suggesting ways to benefit us. We have a lot to consider with regards to our assets and we trust Ellacotts to look after every aspect.”

Graham Wallington, Katharine House Hospice

“I am very impressed by Ellacotts and their technical knowledge. Our audits are completed efficiently and Ellacotts are very flexible in fitting in to our timescales. The level of service that I have received has been excellent and they have given valuable advice and support to myself and the Trustees.”

Julie Weatherhead, Office Manager, Acorns Primary School

“We have found Ellacotts to be very helpful and knowledgeable to us as a Multi Academy Trust, both as accountants and auditors. It is our opinion that all the staff are friendly, helpful and extremely proficient at what they do. We couldn’t ask for a better service.”

Carol White, Business Manager, Friars Academy

“Friars Academy has worked with Ellacotts since 2013 during that time their assistance has been invaluable to the Academy. You are assigned a dedicated team so you are familiar with the person you are speaking to and this gives you the opportunity to build up a good professional working relationship. Every member of their staff I have met are very friendly and helpful. There is a very personal feel to the service they provide. Nothing ever appears to be too much trouble, they are very quick to respond to any question you may have and I have never been made to feel I am asking an obvious question. The assistance and guidance they provide is always delivered in a very timely manner and in a format that is easy to follow and understand. I would not hesitate to recommend them.”

Donna Cook, Director of Finance, Dogs for Good

“Dogs for Good have been working with Ellacotts for the last 2 years. The team are always professional, with a willingness to help as well as great to work with.”

Mike Mann, Managing Director, DSV UK Limited

“We have been working with Ellacotts since the business was founded, and have always been delighted with their knowledge, advice and support!”

Agriculture client

“We were delighted that Ellacotts successfully managed to overturn HMRC’s decision to disallow us Entrepreneurs’ Relief on the sale of part of our farm. They put a lot of thought and investigation into what would help us gain a considerable tax saving. We would like to thank Ellacotts for carrying out our accounting in such a professional way, and feel anyone else in a similar situation would benefit considerably through using them.”

What our people say

Charlotte Toemaes, Partner

I joined Ellacotts in April 2006, part way through my ACA training contract. Throughout my time here I have been given fantastic opportunities for both personal and professional development and this culminated in my making Partner in June 2016.

I was also given the opportunity to do further professional qualifications after my ACA and I have now completed the Corporate Finance diploma.

Ellacotts is a truly great place to work and will reward hard work and commitment with excellent career development

Katie Morton, ACA Trainee

Since joining Ellacotts in June 2015, I have been very impressed with the high standards and the continued emphasis to always strive to achieve the very best. I look forward to going to work each day and working with true professionals, learning something new and helping to develop others through the Trainee mentoring system. The culture is far from the traditional stereotype of accountancy; everyone is friendly and approachable on all levels. There are many opportunities within the Firm to develop my knowledge and skills, as well as my career path.
There is a fair and equal pay structure in place for Trainees, which gives you something else to work towards.