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Why do you need an accountant?

There are routine and statutory reasons for having an accountant: preparation of financial and management accounts – and, of course, audit.

But a good accountant can contribute rather more than that. By helping you produce appropriately analysed financial information, for example – giving you the insights you need to run your business. Or by providing ad hoc advice on problems as they arise.

And, perhaps most importantly, by providing strategic advice that helps you seize opportunities and prevent problems from arising.


In the 11th and 12th centuries half a million pilgrims a year travelled on foot from all over Europe to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. In September 1992 Patrick Shanahan retraced their steps, recording his 500 mile journey in a series of photographs, some of which are reproduced on this website.