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A selection of recent testimonals...

“Ellis & Co have been our accountants for around five months now.

“We wanted a reliable local accountant as we were starting the business in the Chester area.

“Ellis and Co came highly recommend by fellow business owners and the Chamber of Commerce.

“We would defiantly recommend them.”

James Rayward, Owner
Crust & Tipple Ltd
“When we were looking for accountants we wanted to make sure we found a company who clearly cared about your business, no matter how big or small, and would offer us help along the way.

“The team are always there to offer help when we need it, I would highly recommend them.”

Liam Kearns, Owner
Big Belly Bakery
“I wanted to change to accountants who could help me with Xero, Chester Wool told me about their accountants and how good they were, so I gave them a call.

“The team have been so helpful, it was so nice to have a conversation with people who were incredibly patient.

“It’s lovely to be listened to and asked about my needs and to be given correct advice.

“I have already recommended them.”

Lorna Gibson, Owner
Toots Design
“We have worked closely with Ellis & Co for a number of years on another business so when we decided to set up this business, they were the obvious choice.

“We really value the clear and straight forward advice and support we get from John and the team at Ellis & Co.

“It’s incredibly important to work with people who have a collaborative approach and that’s exactly what we feel we get in this relationship."

Hannah Jones, Owner
Head Outdoors Ltd
“Following meeting John and the team we felt reassured that Ellis and Co would provide us with the guidance and sound advice that we needed in order to fulfil our business dream and grow it.

“We are truly delighted that we made this decision."

Leann Shaw, Owner
Hoole Food Market
“We have worked closely with Ellis & Co for a number of years on another business so when we decided to set up this business, they were the obvious choice.

“We really value the clear and straight forward advice and support we get from John and the team at Ellis & Co."

Hannah Jones, Co-founder
Head Outdoors Ltd
“We have been with Ellis & Co since 2018 and work very closely with John Moorhouse.

“Ellis & Co were highly recommended by an organisation we work with in Chester and I knew of them from when I was the Chief Commercial Officer at MBNA.

“Working with individuals like John makes my daily life so much easier and being able to work with him as a sounding board is invaluable.

“It makes our financial decision making faster and with subject matter advice that we have confidence in being readily accessible makes for a great partnership.

“They have a good reputation and also run a great practice, so we are very happy we made the choice."

Michael Donald, Founder
“We really bought in to John during our first meeting with him, his ideas, openness and general philosophy.

“Ellis & Co also had the capability of tying in with our accounting Software FreeAgent, this was important as Mike and I are hands on and like to have a continual overview of business performance.

“Ellis & Co has also helped me outside of the business, I am currently buying a house and the team has been great in chasing HMRC for self-assessment paperwork for me.

“I would definitely recommend Ellis & Co.”

Damien Challenger, Co-founder
Nexus Education
“I liked the firms’ forward thinking approach, number crunching is important but what’s in the past is in the past, it’s important to plan ahead.

“They aren’t your stereotypical accountants, John is very different, aside from his wealth of experience his personality and likeability were also key reasons why we came to Ellis & Co.

“Your accountant needs to feel part of the team, and Ellis & Co do just that!"

Phil Jackson, Managing Director
OuterSpace Group Ltd
“Ellis & Co have been our accountants for a year now.

“I like the modern yet traditional approach of utilising technology yet still being on the end of a telephone for the support when needed.

“I would recommend them and I have to several companies one of which, The Made of More Agency will appoint Ellis & Co this week.”

Roy Shelton, Founder
DropJaw Ventures Group Limited
“I joined Ellis & Co a few months ago, they are my accountants because they are active in supporting and helping all their clients.

“They network and hold events and this for me is truly refreshing and inspiring.

“After all, we are all in it together.”

Suzy Couper, Founder
Sales Skills Accelerator
“Ellis & Co helped us form the company back in July 2014 and have been incredibly supportive throughout our journey.

“We see them as a true partner and their personal service during the lockdown period was exceptional.

“In a crowded market of accountancy firms, we’ve chosen to stick with Ellis & Co for one reason… they genuinely care about the success of our business.

“Over the years they’ve become more than a transactional provider of accounting services and more like a true partner to Sherrington.

“I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Ellis & Co to anyone who wants a personal partnership approach from their accountants.”

Rob McKay, Managing Director
Sherrington Associates
“I have been with Ellis & Co for nearly 20 years.

“They were recommended to me by a friend’s father, it was probably the best recommendation I’ve ever had… If Carlsberg did recommendations!

“Unfortunately, I had a serious cycling accident and broke my neck a few years back but the team at Ellis & Co supported me with exiting that business when the time was right.

“They are now helping us to build this one!"

Gary Cameron, Director
ePay Merchant Services
“We’ve been clients of Ellis & Co for the past 12 months, I moved from my previous accountant due to the growth of the business.

“We needed a larger more professional outfit to look after us.

“Would I recommend Ellis & Co to any other business?

“I already have!”

Steve McGowan, Managing Director
Precision Facades Ltd
“We needed an accountant who understood both the challenges and opportunities this presented as a rapidly growing business, one who had our best interests at heart and the expertise to advise and guide us.

“We feel our relationship with Ellis & Co goes further than a traditional supplier / client relationship and is built on trust and continuously delivering a great service, the team are great to work with on a personal level and they are on our business journey with us."

Andy Brown, Managing Director
Business Reform Limited
“We met Robert in 2001 who worked with us on the Management Buy Out of Ringwood when the previous owner was in the process of emigrating to Canada.

“Ellis & Co have a good understanding of our business and provide help with business planning, payroll services and proactive advice.

“We would recommend Ellis & Co to anyone looking for an accountant and business advisers.”

Andrew Hughes, Director
Ringwood Fencing Ltd
“We weren’t happy with the service we were receiving from our former accountants.

“I knew John Farrell (accounts senior at Ellis & Co) from our son’s school and football team, so I asked him to have a look over our accountants.

“We met with John and spoke about what Ellis & Co could do for Town Roofing.

“We soon realised we weren’t getting the service we were paying for, so we moved over to Ellis & Co.

“I’ve been carrying out accountancy software training with Anna Rowson-Smith (software specialist at Ellis & Co), she is amazing and is always ready to answer any query.

“If I ever have a problem or need some help I know I can always pick up the phone and one of the team is on hand to help me.

“I would 100% recommend Ellis & Co."

Vicki Dodd, Director
Town Roofing
“I’ve been with Ellis & co for the past four years.

“They have always been on the end of the phone and available to help me.

“I can’t praise Robert, Peter, Paul and John and the rest of the team enough.

”I would certainly recommend Ellis & Co, you’re in safe hands from day one!”

Paul Bromley, Owner
Bromley's Barbershop
“We wanted a local accountant that understood our business and our needs better than our former accountants.

“I had been talking to John Farrell for some time about moving accountants, and we finally got around to it.

“The team has really helped us in going forward.

“I would certainly recommend them as accountants and business advisers.”

Peter Goddard, Managing Director
Daulby Read
“We have recently joined Ellis & Co as a client, but before this they gave us lots of information.

“John Moorhouse has been extremely supportive and highly approachable; nothing is too much trouble.

“It gave us confidence in him and trust in the company.

“Also, we love the fact everything financial is covered including payroll and we don’t have to worry we have missed something.

“We would highly recommend them.”

Bev Cowperthwaite, Director
Cheshire Digital Skills Academy
"Ellis & Co were recommended to us by one of our clients as our existing accountant wasn’t providing the level of service we required.

“Ellis & co were able to immediately provide guidance that saved us money.

“Since starting the business we’ve had a false start with finding an accountant that would provide us real guidance on what we should be doing with our finances.

“Ellis & Co are fantastic, they are very proactive and deliver an excellent service to us."

Hugh Valentine, Managing Director
Valto IT Limited
“We recently came on board with Ellis & Co and have really enjoyed the care and attention they have taken when setting up our account and the time spent getting everything up to the level required by ourselves.

“We certainly would not hesitate in recommending them to other organisations and I can honestly say it has been a pleasure to work with them.”

Craig Phillips, Director
H & P Electrical Contractors Ltd
“We had a free initial consultation with Robert Ellis and John Moorhouse, they were both so helpful, informative and approachable we had to use them.

“John is our accountant and is so easy to contact doesn't make me feel like my questions are daft.

“The team were very supportive during the start-up process.

“I would definitely recommend Ellis & Co.”

Gemma Bailey, Owner
Foregate Garage Ltd
“I can tell you our accounts is the easiest aspect of the business.

“Ellis & Co have been our accountants since we set up the business in 2015, I did a search online and found the website to be very informative, I was impressed so called Robert and liked what he had to say.

“We’ve received first class service ever since, the level of service is honestly outstanding.

“I would certainly recommended Ellis & Co to any business.”

Werner Forster, Managing Director
Ocean Matters Ltd
"Anna’s support for our business in use of Xero software and particularly VAT return has been excellent throughout 2018.

"Anna understood our strengths and weaknesses as a new start up and developed the technical training and patient communications to suit and timed to fit with our busy schedule!

"Keep up the great work Anna!"

David Ellis, Owner
DTec Services Limited
I found our former accountants hard to speak to, it took ages to come back to me and didn’t seem to want to help me

“I first met John Farrell (account senior at Ellis & Co) at a networking event and met up for a coffee, he is really approachable, he explained the set up at Ellis & Co and how they could support my business and I was really impressed.

“I was looking to move onto an accounting software package and the support Anna offers is great.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to is really friendly and helpful.

“I can email or call the team with a query on my business or bit of advice for a client and someone will come back to me quickly.

“I feel as if they work in the same way we do – happy to have a chat to talk things through and offer advice, it’s a really personal service."

Morag Davies, Owner
M&P Business Solutions
“I would highly recommend the team at Ellis & Co

“We’ve been a client of Ellis & Co for the past three years.

“When we first started out we used a smaller, two man partnership accountancy firm.

“As the company grew we needed the help and support of a well-established accountant and one that could help us with more complex issues such as Research and Development claims.

“Our previous accountant recommended Ellis & Co, it’s been a successful partnership ever since."

Gareth James, Founder and CEO
Intilery.com Ltd
"We’ve been with Ellis & Co since the start when the team assisted in our business set up, forecasting, cash flow and annual business analysis.

“They are our accountants because the team are on hand for any queries no matter how small, and able to assist in any manner of financial works required for the business.

“We have had consistent no-nonsense advice and feel that the advice has been beneficial to the formation and successful running of the business.

“Robert and the team have all had a very friendly but professional approach and have been welcoming from the start, and on hand throughout each passing year.

Andrew Turnbull, Director
Indigo Surveys Ltd
“We found Ellis & Co thanks to a friend’s recommendation, they are very supportive and we would highly recommend them.

“We wanted an accountant who had experience in this sort of industry to help us grow the business, and make any savings through efficiencies.

“With their support it has helped us to focus on the business we know and go on to enhancing our offering, whilst also keeping an eye on future plans too.”

Vanessa Morgan, Director
Owen House Wedding Barn
"We joined Ellis & Co around 1990.

"Robert has always been able to look after our needs.

"We’ve worked well together all these years, I would highly recommend Ellis & Co."

Phillip Clarke, Operations Director
Clark Transport Ltd
“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
“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
“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
“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
"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
“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
“I would highly recommend the team at Ellis & Co,” said Gareth.

“We’ve been a client of Ellis & Co for the past three years.

“When we first started out we used a smaller, two man partnership accountancy firm.

“As the company grew we needed the help and support of a well-established accountant and one that could help us with more complex issues such as Research and Development claims.

“Our previous accountant recommended Ellis & Co, it’s been a successful partnership ever since,” he added.

Gareth James, Founder and CEO
Intilery.com Ltd
"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
"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
"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