Who We Are
Cunningtons are an award winning firm of Chartered Certified Accountants.
At Cunningtons we know success is built on solid foundations
Since Cunningtons first opened its doors in 1935 two things have remained unchanged – a strong sense of teamwork and a sharp, successful focus on business development.
However, what has changed is the way in which we deliver our broad range of accounting, tax and business support services, using the latest technology and systems, to ensure we are always able to meet the very high standards we impose on ourselves and which our clients rightly expect.
We are an award winning, innovative practice headed up by Graham Smith, who is both a Chartered Certified Accountant and a Chartered Manager. As such he brings a wide range of financial and business expertise to the table.
Our whole team is dedicated to the success of your business. We work hard to build a close and lasting relationship with you so we understand what a successful business looks like to you. We provide you with experienced people, sound advice and access to the latest systems in a straightforward manner, freeing you to concentrate on what you do best – grow your business.
Why Choose Cunningtons
We like to think that what makes us different is our ability and determination to find out how you want your business to work and to support you with a complete package of accounting and business services tailored to your exact needs.
With this in mind we have developed a range of accounting and non-accounting services, both in house and through our associates and professional connections, so we can provide a “one stop shop” whatever your business needs may be.
Our aim is to guide businesses towards improved performance and long-term growth.
We operate a transparent, structured pricing system, so you fully understand your commitment in advance with no hidden costs or nasty surprises.
An initial consultation is free of charge.
Book a consultation via our contact form, or feel free to call or email using the details below:
Telephone: 0116 278 2380
Email: [email protected]
Graham Smith FCCA, CMGR, FCMI
MANAGING DIRECTOR – CHARTERED CERTIFIED ACCOUNTANT & CHARTERED MANAGERMy role as Managing Director is combined with that of Client Manager, ensuring that our large portfolio of clients is well looked after, receiving the services they need on a day-to-day basis. As well as my accountancy qualifications and registration with the ACCA I am also a qualified Chartered Manager, reflecting my interest in wider business issues alongside the finance and tax functions. That interest is further reflected in my completing the Business Growth Programme at Cranfield School of Management. I also hold the ACCA certificate in Business Valuations. I currently act as a mentor to other accountants under the ACCA Mentoring scheme. Outside of work my time is spent with family, cycling and walking. Email: [email protected]
Choosing a qualified accountant
Qualified accountants are
- Regulated by their professional body.
- Bound by a strict Code of Ethics
- Work within a framework of professional standards.
- Required to hold a practising certificate and carry professional indemnity insurance when offering accounting services to the public.
Their regulation also means they are subject to inspection and oversight from that professional body. A qualified accountant will have years of training and experience bringing vital skills, expertise and knowledge to your business. Year-end accounts and tax computations are just the basic element of a very wide range of services a professional accountant can offer.
Qualified Accountants are also required to keep their skills up to date with continuous professional development, so they will have current knowledge of changes in legislation and be fully aware of how these changes will affect your business.
Navigating your business, small or large, through its many changes is a full-time job for any business owner, a qualified accountant has been trained to hold your hand through these different stages drawing on a wealth of experience and training to make your journey as smooth as possible: so, any gaps in your knowledge will be supported by their expertise. It is just as important to plan for your businesses growth as it is to be prepared for choppy waters.
How much does an accountant cost?
Contrary to popular belief, most accountants no longer charge by the hour – they charge by the job. Through detailed discussions your new accountant will find out as much as they can about you and your business; from this information they will be able to tell exactly what services you need and build a package tailored specifically to your requirements. From this a detailed quote can be produced, so you can see exactly what you are paying for. Most accountants will be happy to agree spreading the cost of the annual fee over a monthly payment plan. In the event that any additional services become necessary during the course of the year your accountant will agree any additional costs with you before embarking on that work, so you are always in control of your spending.
Do I need to look for an accountancy firm near me?
An important point to consider when deciding how to select an accountant is location. With modern technology it is possible to choose an accountant based pretty much anywhere in the country. Some businesses however prefer to have their accountant close by, especially if they like lots of face to face contact and regular meetings, which might be the case when looking to use a small business accountant. It is always best to arrange an initial face to face consultation with any prospective firm so you can chat through your needs and see if they are a good fit for you – a strong working relationship with a professional practice you feel comfortable with is going to be more productive, long term and beneficial to you and the health of your business. So, by using a qualified accountant you are ensuring that both your business and its financial structure are in the safest hands.
"I have worked very closely with Graham and the team for over ten years and always been extremely impressed with their practical approach to looking after their business clients." "It can be rare to find such strong and practical support which in these challenging times is an absolute must."
"I have referred a number of clients to Cunningtons and have had nothing but positive feedback on Cunningtons’ approach, in terms of the advice, information and support offered, and the time taken to address clients’ wants and needs."
"I have been impressed with clear, strategic, logical advice and guidance from their Managing Director, Graham Smith who has always provided practical, actionable suggestions/recommendations to move forwards that would benefit the organisation."