What We Do

As a small, personable team, we are here to help you in the way you need.  An accountant should not be a cost to the business, but a valuable asset that helps to improve your bottom line.  The services we offer are therefore all tailored towards a return on your investment, either by saving you money or helping you make larger profits.

Of course we offer…

Annual accounts
A necessary evil, or an opportunity to review how your business performed over the most recent financial year?  We will take the time to review your annual accounts with you and explain the detail.
Statutory returns
Let us take care of your statutory returns for Companies House and give you peace of mind that everything is taken care of on time.  We stay up to date with current rules so you don’t have to.
Personal & Company Tax returns
We always look for opportunities for tax savings, from making sure you are on the right accounting basis to get a tax refund if you have a loss making business, to advising on tax efficient dividend levels.
Dealing with HMRC

Don’t enjoy sitting on hold waiting for HMRC to answer the phone?  We sort out agent access for all our clients and deal with HMRC so you don’t have to.

Payroll & Auto-enrolment
We manage all of our payroll clients within Xero and take advantage of their functionality to handle everything from timesheets to electronic payslips.  Xero also seamlessly handles workplace pension reporting.
Trust and estate returns

This is a growth area for us, and we can complete trust and estate tax returns and advise on the tax implications, handling everything from property income to capital gains.

VAT calculations and returns
From advising on the new limited cost trader rules to reclaiming VAT on pre VAT registration expenses we can handle full VAT end to end reporting or support you to file your own VAT returns from Xero.
Management accounts and reports

Up to date management information supports you to make the right business decisions at the right time to achieve significant improvements in both profit levels and cash flow.

Bookkeeping

Let us handle your bookkeeping from tracking receipts to chasing overdue sales invoices, and free you up to spend your time driving your business forwards.  Xero makes this seamless and pain free.

Xero online accounting software
We are proud to be a Xero Gold Champion Partner, and we are regulars at Xerocon and their Roadshow events to ensure that we stay up to date with the best small business accounting software in the UK.
Capital gains and inheritance tax advice
If you are thinking about selling a property or other asset, or interested in tax efficient ways to hand them down to your descendants, why not book in for some advice on your options and their tax implications.
Company Secretarial services
Are you up to date with your dividend board minutes?  Have you taken care of your PSC reporting?  We can take on as much or as little of your Company Secretarial responsibilities to save you time and stress.

But we also offer…

 

The less usual:

At Starfish Accounting, we don’t just look in the rear-view mirror. Not all accountants run their own businesses.  Many do not offer business advice.

We pride ourselves on partnering with you to help your business to grow:

Growth Analysis
One of the keys to making your business more successful is to identify your most important processes, and then do everything you can to improve the conversion rate so that you get more output from every input.
Benchmarking
Comparing your business to local competitors can help to identify areas of strength to continue to grow, and areas of improvement to target.  This is a powerful tool to help push your business forward.
Pricing Consultations
Why not take a couple of hours out of your day to sit down with us and review your pricing strategy and the potential impact of increasing your price on your profitability and your sales volume.
Remuneration Planning
We can calculate the optimal split between salary, bonus, dividend, and interest income to ensure that you are taking your remuneration in the most tax efficient way, tailored to your individual circumstances.
Financial Review

With the use of a Personal Balance Sheet and Lifetime Financial Responsibility analysis, we can recommend tax and estate planning strategies to help you reach your personal and family financial goals.

Business Planning
From helping you to put together a budget or a cash flow forecast to reviewing your key performance indicators we can support you to target and achieve the business growth you are aiming for.
Non Executive Board Director Services
Every single one of the UK’s most successful and profitable businesses holds regular board meetings to discuss strategy.  We can help you to run really effective board and/or strategy meetings.
Systems Review and Documentation
Research suggests that a fully systemised business is much more valuable than a business that is reliant on the business owner.  Our involvement can make documenting your systems a more achievable goal.

Do you want to know more?