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Are You Looking To Hire An Accountant? Here’s What You Need To Know

By 11/01/2023June 12th, 2023No Comments
Are You Looking To Hire An Accountant? Here's What You Need To Know Direct Peak

Are you looking to hire an accountant? It is essential to understand the qualifications you need in an accountant and their responsibilities before making a final decision on which to use. This essay will discuss six key points to consider when hiring an accountant: experience, qualifications, services offered, fees, communication, and references.

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We strive to provide the best accounting services here at Direct Peak Accountants. Our team of experienced professionals are dedicated to helping you manage your finances and grow your business. Whether you’re looking for assistance in preparing accounts, filing taxes, managing payroll, or just need some general accounting advice, we are here to help. Check out our affordable accounting services and get a FREE quote today. Subscribe to our newsletter to get our latest content, follow us on social media, and reach us through LinkedIn. You can also call us on 01733 973308 or email us at to find out more about our services. Start using our accounting services now and let us help with your accounting needs! Grow your business with us!


Direct Peak Accountants: Making Accounting Simple and Straightforward

At Direct Peak Accountants, we believe that everyone deserves access to quality accountant services. We provide comprehensive, reliable, and tailored accounting solutions to help our clients achieve their financial goals. With our specialised experience and comprehensive knowledge of tax laws and regulations, we help our clients make the best decisions possible when it comes to their financial futures. We are dedicated to providing superior service and results and are committed to upholding the highest ethical standards.


At Direct Peak Accountants, we strive to make accounting simple and straightforward – so you can focus on your business, not your books. Let us take care of your financial worries – you won’t regret it.

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    Your Questions About Accountants Answered

    What is an accountant?

    An accountant is a professional who helps individuals and businesses manage their financial matters. They provide services such as bookkeeping, accounts and tax filing, payroll solutions and more.

    What do accountants do in the UK?

    Accountants in the UK provide services such as preparing and filing accounts, managing taxes, bookkeeping, helping businesses and individuals with payroll and providing convenient business finance solutions, such as virtual CFO services.


    What are the benefits of having a qualified accountant?

    Having a qualified accountant can help you to keep on top of your finances, fulfil your legal responsibilities when it comes to filing accounts with the relevant authorities, and can provide invaluable advice in areas such as tax planning, budgeting, and investment management.


    How much does an accountant cost in the UK?

    The cost of an accountant in the UK can vary depending on the services you require and the level of expertise you need. Generally, accountants charge an hourly rate or a flat rate for their services. If you wish to request a personalised quote for account services, do not hesitate to reach out to us at Direct Peak Accountants. We’ll help you with your accounting requirements, so you can focus on other important things!

    Only Hire an Accountant When You’re Ready to Delegate

    As a small business owner the best thing about running your own business will often be that you are in control, you are the boss and you are in charge of looking after the baby that is your business. By running your own business you have the ability to set your own working hours, create your own business strategy, regulate your workload and determine how much you will charge and how much you will earn.

    When you run your own business you are the master of all these things and this can offer a very liberating and wonderful feeling.

    However it can also be what stops you delegating and this can stop the growth of your business. We have come across new and small business owners who often feel overworked, tired and stressed and this tends to be down to the reluctance to delegate and allow others to help out in the business.

    After all, who can possibly know your business as well as you do and be able to care for it and love it in the way you do?

    The thing is the people that you can delegate work to don’t need to be able to know your business inside and out when they start; they just need to be skilled in their area of expertise. For example, you may not be able to design a website, but a website designer can understand your business and use their skills and expertise to create a first class website for you, allowing you to get on with what you are good at – running your business.

    Looking To Hire An Accountant

    The same goes for an accountant; while an accountant may not understand your business as well as you do, they will get to know it better over time and they can bring a fresh pair of eyes to your business. They will also know things you can claim for and things you can do to make your business more financially stable and profitable – allowing you to get one with what you are good at!

    You need to make sure you choose the right accountant for your business and your needs but once you have chosen your accountant and handed over your company’s finances to someone more experienced in accountancy you will be able to free up more time to concentrate on the other parts of your business.

    Please take the time to consider some of our services and contact us if they are of interest.

    Why Should I Change Accountants?

    There are lots of reasons that people choose to move to a new accountant. If you feel that you are unhappy with the level of service you are receiving then this is a good reason to change accountants. Your accountant should be proactive in finding tax-saving options, if they’re not doing this you could be spending more on tax than you should be.

    How Can I Change Accountants?

    In one word, easily! Accountants are not allowed to put a fixed term of contract in place, so all you need to do to change accountants is give 30 days’ notice to switch providers.

    We would always recommend that you give your accountant notice when you are leaving them. However, as your accountant, we can make this process easier for you. We will send your old accountant a professional clearance letter that asks for all the relevant documents and information that they hold for your business.

    We will send your professional clearance letter to your old accountant on your behalf. This is a letter of correspondence that asks permission for us to take you on as a client and ask for the documents and paperwork that we need to look after your business accounts. This is the hardest part of changing accountants and absolutely nothing to worry about as we will do it all for you.

    What Can Direct Peak Do Better?

    We make sure we communicate with you throughout the year, not just at year end. We will make sure that you are utilising your tax savings. Once the end of year has passed it is too late to utilise these, so we make sure you are ready to utilise these savings. Our team will keep a close eye on your accounts throughout the year to make sure your business is on track. We will also let you know before year-end any changes that we recommend. As accountants, we are regularly in contact with our clients. As our client, we will speak to you throughout the year with any recommendations or to answer any queries. We don’t just offer an end of year service; we offer an all year round service.

    As a small business and accountants experienced working with small to medium businesses we know how worrying an accounts query can be. This is why we get most to almost all cases within 24 hours, to put your mind at rest. There is no charge for queries by phone or email, so if something is worrying you, please tell us.

    By knowing where your business is at, it is easier to make informed business decisions. We turnaround management accounts within an average of 25 days of month end. This helps you see exactly what is happening within your business. All our work is on a fixed fee so there will never be surprise bills. We also utilise technology to make your life and business management easier.

    All of our new clients moving over to Xero receive a free Xero migration service and two hours training for a member of staff, so you know your business will be up and running on Xero smoothly and your staff know how to use the essential day to day features. We are Xero Gold Partners and also offer advanced Xero training and Xero Payroll Training, so if you need further training, we are here for you.

    If you’re finding frustration with an existing accountant or feel it’s time to move on to better accounting systems to reflect your modern business, let us help. Call us now for a free consultation on 01778 481044 and let’s get this job ticked off your new year’s to-do list!

    Steve Marshall
    Steve Marshall
    The whole team at Direct Peak have been amazing to work with. Everything we have been looking for from an accountant. Thank you from Acoustic Associates
    Luke Tyler
    Luke Tyler
    The Direct Peak team are exceptional in all they do. They demystify my questions on accounting, offer clear, sound advice, and help me to make informed decisions about my business.
    Don Wiid
    Don Wiid
    Karl Newman and his team help us with our Xero accounts system, making sure it is accurate and up to date. The real value though, is Karl's experience as a management accountant, providing indispensable advice on a monthly basis to ensure we keep growing.
    Craig Sawyer
    Craig Sawyer
    Direct Peak are the perfect accountants for me. Always helpful and friendly. They take away any of my accountancy headaches which allows me the time to focus on my business. Would highly recommend them and do to any business owners I can. Thank you all !
    Kelsey Brace
    Kelsey Brace
    I've worked with Karl & Direct Peak for years. They have always provided great service and advice. Highly recommeded!
    Sana Hanassi-Savari
    Sana Hanassi-Savari
    Great service, I would highly recommend them. The team are friendly, always around to help and very knowledgable.
    Simply Antivirus
    Simply Antivirus
    Direct Peak was the right choice for us. Outstanding friendly service. The team are highly knowledgeable regarding tax and financial matters, and they have been an asset to the running of our business. Very approachable and have an answer to all my questions. Highly recommend them! Very well done guys!
    catherine Johnson
    catherine Johnson
    I recently changed my Accounting to Direct Peak, mainly due to Karls brilliant support with advice regarding making Tax Digital and around my business growth intentions. Having run my own small business and being with my previous accountant for 13 years, I have been SUPER impressed with every aspect of the move - the advice, the support, and mostly the friendliness of the team and their willingness to want to help. Eve has been so amazing at supporting me to make the transition to Digital VAT returns - I cannot recommend Karl and his team at Direct Peak highly enough - Thanks Guys!
    Peter Baker
    Peter Baker
    Karl has been outstandingly patient and generous with his time. I cannot recommended Karl enough. He has helped massively in starting up my own company.
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    Dedicated Contact

    Direct Peak provides a dedicated business tax accountant, who will prepare your annual accounts and tax returns. They will be on hand to answer any tax queries you have.

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    Tax Efficient

    Your business tax accountant will ensure that the company is set up in the most tax-efficient way and that you are claiming for all the correct expenses to maximise your earnings.

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    Quick Turnaround

    We aim to turn around the annual accounts and tax returns quickly to give you visibility of your tax bill well in advance of it being due.

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