Published: 27th September 2017
It’s important to find the right accountant or auditor for your business. Their input can save you time and money, and make a huge difference to your overall success. In fact, it’s often said that a good accountant saves you more than they cost, and that you shouldn’t view their fees as an expense, but an investment.
It can be difficult to know where to start looking for an accountant or auditor with the experience and technical know-how you need, however. Some accountants won’t provide the level of service that’s required, or they might focus too much on their fee rather than on your needs.
So how do you begin your search for a local auditor or accountant that you can trust? Essentially, there are two options – via an internet search, or offline using networking or trusted recommendations. Our experts at Begbies Traynor can provide guidance on finding an accountant or auditor in your area that meet your needs.
How to find a good accountant online
When searching online, we highly recommend using the services of Handpicked Accountants. They’re a knowledgeable and trustworthy source of accountant and auditor recommendations, and have a wide network of professional connections in this respect.
They connect business owners with accountants around the country, so no matter where you are, Handpicked Accountants can provide reliable referrals based on first-hand experience and long-standing working relationships.
Finding reliable accounting and auditing services using Handpicked Accountants
It doesn’t matter whether you’re sole director of your own small business, or an executive of a large public company, you’ll receive a short-list of local recommendations that are tailored to your business needs.
This proactive approach considerably reduces the search time when looking for an accountant or registered auditor. It allows you to find the best professional for your particular requirements, whether that’s complying with HMRC record-keeping legislation or completing a full audit.
Searching offline for an accountant in your area
Business networking events
Being a regular attendee at business networking events is an effective way to find a local accountant. You’ll be able to chat informally, and better gauge whether they would be a good match for you and your organisation.
Referrals from fellow businesspeople
As well as meeting finance experts at networking events, fellow business owners may be happy to endorse the services of individual accountants or accountancy firms that they’ve worked with, and know to be proactive and reliable.
Word of mouth from family/friends
Referrals from family and friends can help you narrow down your choice of accountant or auditor. Choosing an accountant is one of the most important decisions you’ll make, and you should seek as much information and feedback as possible from the people you trust.
Begbies Traynor is the UK’s largest professional services consultancy, and can provide further detailed advice on finding a good accountant or auditor in your area. We strongly endorse the services of Handpicked Accountants in being able to find professional financial assistance, and can also advise on the most suitable business networking events. Call one of the team to arrange a free consultation – we work from 47 locations nationwide.