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A selection of recent testimonals...

"We have been with Ellis & Co for over 10 years now and they do a great job on our complicated accounts as they understand our business having worked with us for so long now.

“In the early days they came to our workshop and to our event days, it's difficult to understand our business by just looking at a set of accounts as we aren’t your typical sales in and sales out.

“We would highly recommend them.”

Paul Evans, Owner
Driveme
“I asked Ellis & Co to do the due diligence for me while I was purchasing Essentials Mag, just to make sure I knew and understood what I was buying.

“They were incredibly thorough and asked questions and requested information which I wouldn’t have known where to begin with!

“They talked through their findings with me in layman's terms and gave me sound, honest advice.

“John and Ellis & Co were the hands-on kind of accountants I was looking for.

“I have always found the team very approachable and I feel I can ask them anything regarding my tax and financial queries, however silly my questions may be!

“They are professional and helpful and always there if you need them.

“Ellis & Co has a great team of people, I should know, I’ve photographed them all!”

Victoria Lee, Owner
Photography by Victoria Lee
"They're the A Team!

"Peter recommended a lawyer and a bank to work with too and is always on the end of the phone when there are challenges, along with Alison and Robert.

"Ellis & Co handle the PHD payroll, accounts and my tax (which is never fun) I recognise that my strength is in marketing not accounting, so Ellis & Co are simply PHD's finance department.

"Despite the ups and downs of business, Ellis & Co make me feel secure in running my business, providing ongoing advice and support and educate me along the way."

Joanna Stephenson, Managing Director
PHD Marketing
“Ellis & Co have been with me since I took over CA Design & Print.

“The team has a clear understanding of the business and its aims and objectives, I know if ever I had any questions that I could pick up the phone and someone would always be able to help me.

“I would highly recommended them.”

Mike Forster, Managing Director
CA Design & Print
“I have known Robert for over 15 years, and we have been a client of Ellis & Co’s since we first began,” said Martin.

“It’s the commercial edge that Robert give us, coupled with the ultimate trust we have in him.

“I like the family feel of the firm, and that we don’t get lost amongst clients, we are more than just a number to them.”

Martin Johnston, Owner
Earth
“Since I started the business, Ellis and Co have been our accountants but they are also a trusted advisor guiding the business in the right direction financially.

“They are also a client, and the longevity and quality of our relationship shows how effective this direct interaction has been”.

Chris Chapman, Owner
Agency97 Limited
“Robert Ellis and his team are fantastic. They look after my accounts and payroll and it is very convenient knowing they are above me on Northgate Street. It means I can pop up if I have any questions. I am also enthusiastic about supporting other local businesses.”

Carole Faulkner, Owner
The Cheese Shop
“I was introduced to Ellis & Co by NatWest in Chester and from day one I have enjoyed a strong commercial and a personal relationship. Like most business owners, I have strengths and also weaknesses and having an accountant who I could trust and rely upon for sound advice was really important.

“John Farrell and Robert Ellis understand our business and we regularly meet in the coffee shop. I value the fact that they are willing to challenge me and to give me complete honesty.”

Patrick White, Managing Director
The Jaunty Goat
“Ellis & Co have been amazing. The team are extremely knowledgeable on a wide range of issues affecting the business and me personally.

“They provide me with support across my accounts, VAT, payroll and business and personal taxation.

“Robert Ellis and his team have also provided me with extremely valuable advice at crucial times not least earlier this year when the acquisition was going ahead.

“One of the things that has impressed me the most is their ability to look at different scenarios and their potential implications. I like the fact that everyone at Ellis & Co is approachable and always willing to help.”

Dr Jason Dale, Founder and CEO
Menatech Limited
“Ellis & Co has been with us since the very start. I like their professionalism and old school values – they are always responsive, open and honest.

“My main point of contact is John Farrell and the firm provides us with services including accountancy, bookkeeping, VAT and taxation.

“With Robert’s support, we sat down at the start of our relationship and mapped out what we wanted the business to achieve. The Ellis & Co team have been genuinely interested in what we are trying to achieve and they have played an important part in the success we have enjoyed in our first couple of years.

“I have since referred Ellis & Co to a number of friends and family, including my father, who I felt would benefit from their excellent services.”

Rob McKay, Managing Director
Sherrington Associates Ltd
“We have a great relationship with Ellis & Co. Over the years, they have become a trusted business adviser.

"Robert Ellis provides us with strategic advice while his colleagues John Moorhouse and Peter Way-Rider give us expertise with our accounts and taxation respectively.

“We know we can always bounce ideas and opportunities around with the team and that we will always get good advice.

“Because they have been in business themselves for a long-time they also have an invaluable bank of contacts which we are able to tap into when we have a particular need.

“We also like the fact that Robert and his team have challenged us as we have looked to build the business over the years.”

Nick Powell, Co-owner
Lock Stock
"Ellis & Co are a well-established accountancy practice who add value to any SME.The team have huge experience and have given us invaluable guidance over the years"

“I recently found out about an area of expertise they have which I never thought I would need when the practice assisted us in quantifying a successful insurance claim following a serious fire at our factory.“This was a particularly stressful time but Robert and his team were always on hand and ensured our business came out stronger at the other end."

“Robert is also particularly helpful regarding banking arrangements as he has wide ranging contacts with commercial banks in the North West.”

Mark adds: “The other reason I have used Ellis & Co for over 15 years is that the core team is still the same and always work in a professional and friendly manner. They don't spend any more time at meetings than necessary, which means they are looking after their clients’ pockets not theirs!”

Mark Boddington, Managing Director
Silverlining Ltd
“After 25 years working in the pub and restaurant industry, I was confident we had a good plan for The Chester Fields, but we knew we needed a really good accountant to provide strong business and financial advice."

“I was introduced to Robert Ellis and found him to be different to your typical accountant. He was genuinely interested in our business and the guidance he gave us in those early days was invaluable.
“They covered all the essentials that an ambitious start-up needs including helping us to set up, regular management accounts and planning for growth."

“Our business is a little more complex than normal because we also have foreign investment, while they have also provided us with guidance on property matters.”

"We are keen to continue growing and I probably speak to John Moorhouse at Ellis & Co once a week. Sometimes it will be a question about our latest management accounts or, most recently, about the best way to get a company car."

“We are extremely grateful to the support we have received over the last five or more years from the team at Ellis & Co. They have supported us every step of the way.”

Mark Jarvis, Managing Director
The Great British Pub Company
"Ellis & Co along with our in-house accountant Robert Brown have helped to lay the foundations for the continued strategic growth of the company.”

"I am fortunate to be supported by some very good people both inside and outside of the business. We would not have achieved the success we have without the support of the team at Ellis & Co. They have been with us a long time and have been very good for us.”

Bart Ryan-Beswick, Managing Director
Tweedmill Textiles Ltd
"Ellis & Co have offered me a comprehensive, professional accountancy service year on year and removed much of the hassle and effort of self assessment. They went out of their way to make sure I had the necessary proof of income in an extremely timely manner, which helped me enormously in being able to buy my own property. Their communication and advice is always prompt, jargon-free and friendly and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend their services."

Helen Parton, Journalist
“When I started my business I knew I wanted to spend my time on the business and not on back office accountancy and financial affairs.

It’s reassuring to know that anything that’s legally required on an annual or quarterly basis is taken off my list of things to do and that everything is taken care of and processed within the statutory deadlines.

I find it really useful to be able to ring the office about anything and that no question is too small.

I appreciate the translation of all things financial into easy to understand, bite-sized chunks. If the above description also sounds like you then I would definitely recommend Ellis and Co as your accountants.”

Tricia Francis, Director
Tomorrow the World
"I would like to thank Ellis and Co for their very effective preparation of my complicated annual tax return over the past five years or so.

They have been prompt, patient and professional. As the CEO of major companies for more than 15 years, including working overseas, my tax affairs have become fairly complex.

Dissatisfied with the performance and cost of my previous advisers based in the South East of England, Ellis and Co were recommended to me.

Although I have never met anyone from Ellis and Co due to distance, I feel I know them well and trust them to do a good job for me. When setting up my new consultancy business, I naturally turned to Ellis and Co to provide all necessary support, which they have done admirably."

Alan Thompson, Managing Director
Athos Associates Limited
"Since setting up my electronics manufacturing business two years ago John and the team at Ellis and Co have been assisting me every step of the way.

It's good to know, that as my time is already limited, my business and personal accounting is in safe hands and advice on anything is only a phone call away. As a small business I find it invaluable to have all that knowledge and experience available to me from people I trust.

In my opinion a very friendly, approachable and reliable company who have always got time to chat and advise on whatever the issue."

Phil Starkey, Director
PHS Electronic Solutions Limited
"Ellis & Co have been our accountants since 2005 and in that time we have benefited greatly from their professionalism and expertise. Approachable and friendly, Ellis & Co provide an impeccable service with dynamic thinking and strategic advice, and I would highly recommend them."

Simone Eddison, Director
Eddison Media Ltd
"Ellis & Co have provided me with full accountancy services, helped with tax affairs and registering trusts. The service has always been courteous and polite and I would recommend Ellis & Co to any person or business who needs an accountant."

Iain Girling, Independent Consultant
Arbonne
“Since changing accountants to Ellis and Co I have benefited from a first class service which promises to support our main business strategy and forecasts for growth.

The team has helped our company with share restructuring and has offered a personal service with plenty of face to face meetings rather than just online support.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ellis & Co to anybody.”

Michael Williams, Director
A.M. Custom Clothing (UK) Limited
“The team at Ellis & Co have been excellent. My company is a new start up and Ellis & Co have provided guidance which has allowed me to make informed decisions from the very first steps of incorporation through to company structures, payroll and advice on Research & Development tax credits. This has greatly helped in allowing me the time to concentrate on building the company by providing reassurance at every step of the way.”

Dan Endersby, Director
DPD Marine Limited
"Ellis & Co have been my accountants for four years now. Since joining them, I have found their meticulous approach to ensuring my business runs efficiently has been incomparable. As accountants with such a high level of proficiency, I would certainly not hesitate in recommending their services."

Nicholas Fox, Director
N Fox Engineering Services Limited
"When I started Explosivo, I knew right from the beginning that I didn’t want to handle all the financial responsibilities. I love making films and telling stories, but working out my tax or PAYE contributions would keep me up at night. Ellis & Co were recommended to me by a fellow entrepreneur and from the very first meeting with John Farrell and the team, I knew I was in good hands. I wanted someone with experience dealing with small start-up companies who would be in my corner, looking out for my interests. They deal with the financial red tape, leaving me free to build my business, and focus on what I’m good at."

TJ Cosgrove, Director
Explosivo Ltd
I have used Ellis & Co for the last few years after a very bad experience with my previous accountant. My first words of advice to anyone starting a business are "Get a good accountant", and Ellis & Co are one. Straightforward, quick with good advice, accurate. They do what they say on the tin.

Simon Moore,
Moore Quantitative Solutions Ltd
Robert Ellis & Co has been our accountant for over 10 years dealing in national and international business. Robert Ellis has strategic vision, coupled with a flexible and pragmatic approach, which has helped our business to succeed. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Ellis & Co and highly recommend their advice and services.

Martin D. Chapman, President
Indoor Biotechnologies Inc
Aztec Imports, Inc. (UK) Ltd. has used Ellis & Co. as their accountants in the U.K. for 15 years. Ellis & Co. has done an excellent job in maintaining the books for our company and helping our company to comply with the UK tax laws and regulations. I would strongly recommend Ellis & Co. to any foreign company wishing to locate in the UK.

John W. Kanieski, President
Aztec Imports Inc (UK) Ltd
"We are now in our fifth year of trading and have grown year on year, the advice, guidance and support given by Ellis & Co has been invaluable in our success and growth and we would not hesitate in recommending their service."

Gary Cameron, Director
United Awareness Publishing Ltd
"I decided to move to Ellis & Co because our former accountants were a large national firm and we felt like a small fish in a large pool. No one was willing to help with those practical problems a small business had other than historical year end accounting that gave us information too late.

I met Robert Ellis and quickly realised that he shared many of the same challenges that we faced such as cash flow, obtaining the right type of clients at the right margins, and recruitment of bookkeeping staff with financial accounting software knowledge.

Roberts professionalism is reflected in his team who are extremely approachable and efficient."

Mark Boddington, Managing Director
Silver Lining Workshops Ltd
"Robert has been our accountant for a number of years now and has always worked with us very closely to enable us to grow our businesses. Robert has also introduced us to a number of professionals over the years who have also assisted us in our growth.

Not only would I recommend Robert but his Company Ellis & Co for any accountancy requirement you may have."

Paul Evans, Director
DriveMe.net Ltd
"Ellis & Co became my accountants in 2005 and since then I have greatly benefited from their on going support and professional advice.

I would strongly recommend their services to anyone looking for an accountant or help setting up a business or business plan."

Mike Forster, Director
CA Design and Print Limited
"Robert Ellis and the team have been an invaluable source of support to My Name is not Cancer since I brought them on board as our accountants.

Not only have they been highly diligent in carrying out my accounting, but the company has also carried out fundraising activities for My Name is Not Cancer, helping to raise awareness and publicity which I'm extremely grateful for."

Fiona Fletcher, Chief Executive
My Name is not Cancer
"Ellis & Co have been accountants for Dee Tech Services Ltd. for the past fifteen years and I am very satisfied with the quality of services which they have provided such as quarterly reviews of management accounts, tax advice, pension fund accounts, cash flow and profit forecasts.

Robert Ellis is a very professional and dynamic leader and has supported Dee Tech's vital requirements and at times has worked out of office hours to meet critical deadlines. I have recommended Robert and his team to many other businesses and will continue to do so as I believe they are a quality accountancy firm."

Kevin Monahan, Director
Dee Tech Services Ltd
"We changed to Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants around two years ago and we have been extremely pleased with the results of that change. One of the things the company did for us was to submit a Research and Development Relief claim, saving us almost £10,000 in Corporation Tax.

Ellis & Co always provides invaluable advice and a conscientious service and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the team to anyone in need of an accountant and business adviser."

Robert Mills, Managing Director
Bonaprene Products Ltd