Expert accountancy advice and support

At Cottons Chartered Accountants we provide our clients with expert taxation and accounting guidance through a friendly and personal service. Our clients are also able to take advantage of our well-established network of branches which allow us to cover even the most specialist of queries.

With 80 members of staff across our five offices, we have plenty of expert knowledge, so we can give you accurate advice in all the areas which affect your business.

Within in our network each of our offices operate independently with Partners and Accountants who have a firm grasp of their own local economic areas. This means that our clients can enjoy the type of personal service you can expect from an established local firm as well as the resources of a large accountancy practice.

As part of our personal service, our clients have their own dedicated contact at Cottons. We also never use jargon or complicated technical and financial terms. We explain everything in a way that helps clients quickly grasp whatever we’re discussing as above all, our aim is to build long-term relationships with clients to ensure their business is managed efficiently for success.

At Cottons we can provide this comprehensive and reasonably priced service to businesses in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, service, retail and professional partnerships. In addition, we have considerable expertise in farming, fast food retail, nursing and residential homes, professional practices and technology companies.

What is the difference between an accountant and a chartered accountant?

By law anyone can call themselves an accountant. The title ‘chartered accountant’ and the letters ACA or FCA, however, indicates that the person has undertaken a minimum of three years in-depth training, passed a series of rigorous examinations in financial management, auditing, business strategy and taxation, and committed to continuing professional development to keep their skills up to date.

Although unqualified accountants are subject to the same laws as chartered accountants, ICAEW Chartered Accountants are bound by the Code of Ethics and subject to our disciplinary procedures. They are required to hold a practising certificate and professional indemnity insurance if they offer professional services to the public.