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Testimonials

We are proud of our business - let us help you to take pride in yours too.

Like you, we are business people, running a company, and we know that first impressions count. We have years of relevant experience on how to give added value to a business and what sound advice you really need. It feels good to know that our expertise has contributed in such a positive way to enhance and enrich our clients businesses. Perhaps you are swamped with Bookkeeping Issues or worried about your next Tax Return? Maybe you are wanting to invest in your company further and already have a Strategic Plan but need help putting together a Business Plan and you want suggestions on various Funding Options? Perhaps you need advice on Web Marketing or on the Importing and Exporting of goods?

Why not take a look at what our clients have to say about Shaikh & Co and then give us a call - it could be the best business decision you have made yet!


I was introduced to Gulam Shaikh purely by accident whilst visiting a friend, It happened to be at the same day he had organised to see his accountants Shaikh & Co. My friend had asked if I wanted to sit in the meeting. I am very glad that this is what I did as I was blown away by Gulam's knowledge and the way he presented his ideas which were made up of proactive suggestions on how to grow the business in a controlled fashion, funding aspects and contacts, tax strategies, specialist software availability, company law etc., the list was endless. It dawned on me that this was nothing like the meetings I used to have with accountants I had engaged then and in the past. Since appointing Shaikh & Co as my accountants the work they have done has been fantastic and have taken a lot of weight off my shoulders, I can't begin to say how much I appreciate Gulam's willingness to share cutting edge secrets and I will continue to recommend their services to anybody, now and in the future.

Denis Lubojacky, Managing Director, BSL Construction Ltd.

Our company was introduced to Shaikh & Co four years ago when going through a difficult patch. In addition to Book-keeping, Accounts, Salaries, PAYE and Tax Planning, all of which Shaikh & Co offer, we were looking for a firm that was approachable, sympathetic to our needs and with a diverse client base. Shaikh & Co's technical expertise was evident from the beginning resulting in an increase in efficiency and time saving in our finance and accounting business area. Their undertaking of tasks, preparatory work and anticipation of deadlines takes away pressure from our staff leaving them time to manage the business. In addition to this Shaikh & Co have been extremely responsive to our needs, dealing with request at short notice and always making a qualified member of staff available. The Shaikh & Co newsletter is an invaluable source of information and advice covering current issues, trends and explaining the implications of legislation. I would recommend Shaikh & Co to any company seeking professional accountancy services from practitioners that are methodological and happy to go out of their way to meet their clients needs.

Director The ON Partnership

Shaikh & Co, much more than your "every day" accountants... Last year, after being introduced to them, we took the commercial decision to evaluate the service provided by our current accountancy firm and whether we were getting true value and directional advice. Having dealt with our previous accountants for over 25 years it was not an easy decision to make the move, but has turned out to be the best commercial decision for our company. In the last year, Shaikh & Co have assisted us with a level of support and sound advice that can only be measured as pure value for money. We enjoy their team of specialist advisers that are experts in their own right and combined, give us the "a" team.... As a company that needs almost constant communication with our accountants, we are now in a business partnership that delivers a constant supply of accurate and informative information of pure gold. They surpassed our expectations tenfold.

Mark Goold Barum Auto Parts Ltd

We were introduced to Shaikh & Co some 3 years ago, during that time the business went through a tenfold growth and that meant that getting proactive and relevant advice was absolutely essential, Shaikh & Co came up trumps, we are absolutely delighted with the help and input they provided. Ours is a specialised industry and their knowledge of the industry continues to be invaluable as the business grows. We readily recommend Shaikh & Co to our friends and colleagues in business so they can benefit in the way we have.

John Kitts, Managing Director, Kitts Scaffolding Ltd

We have worked with Gulam's Company Shaikh & Co since the late 1980's. In that time the business has gone through various stages of changes and growth. We sold properties for development and moved to new sites. We also purchased and invested in an aircraft precision manufacturing business that was supplying the likes of BAE and associated industries throughout a period of almost 15 years. Gulam and his team at Shaikh Co were at our side guiding us through maze of Tax including Company Law, Shareholder structure, Capital gains, Rollover reliefs etc. What sets Shaikh and Co above other accountants is their ability to advise the best way to go about things without you having to prompt them. This coupled with their mass of knowledge in so many different areas puts them way ahead of the others. The advice they have given us over the years has ensured that we have been looked after in the best way possible. Gulam and his team are friendly, easy to talk to and have a deep level of understanding of our business. They are good people to have on your side and we cannot recommend them highly enough to any business wishing to get to the top of the success ladder without having to experiment with numerous Accountants.

John Miles & Joan Stone Directors FRM Supplies Ltd

As a company formation business in France, we regularly rely on Gulam and his team at Shaikh & Co for their expertise in British tax and accounting matters. His team are efficient and always friendly and we have been extremely happy with the quick level of communication we receive whenever we have a question or need to discuss a matter. We highly recommend the services offered at Shaikh & Co.

Euro Start Entreprises

We are a large group of companies who are based in Belgium and Luxembourg and we operate across a number of other countries including Sweden, Germany, and France. We had been using the services of a large International accountancy firm but when we were thinking of starting operations in the UK I was introduced to Gulam and Shaikh & Co. We were absolutely delighted with the advice they gave us, the process employed in the set-up of our UK Company and the subsequent group structure arrangements and cross border tax planning. Shaikh & Co beat the competition from London by offering big firm expertise coupled with the personal touch of a small friendly office practice. Their skilled and motivated team consistently provides quality advice in an approachable yet professional manner and I highly recommend them.

Paul Wardell, Managing Director, Close Group, Belgium

I was introduced to Shaikh & Co by the best means - personal recommendation. Proven results are very compelling and frankly they have always been proven since. Gulam, Colin and the team are a comfort just when you need it and at the same time diplomatically frank. Running a design business can be a proverbial rollercoaster but with these guys at your side it means you're never alone. If you need solid accountancy and business advice from people that are both up to date on all things accountancy/tax but savvy on the business of doing business then look no further. Confident, jolly and a safe pair of hands are just some of the ways to describe them.

Andrew Kellard, Intouch Cards, Hampshire

I have been with Shaikh & Co since 2002. I had been with a succession of accountants before, none of whom had given me the service I was paying for. With Gulam and his team I have over the years had a fantastic and a very personal and friendly service. I have always felt the advice given to be 100% accurate and with my best interests in mind. I will continue to be their client as long as they will have me.

Michael Walsh, Fabric London Ltd

I was introduced to Gulam by a mutual business associate over two decades ago, at that time I was running a successful International Construction Company and we were using the services of a large national accounting firm. I realised straight away that his approach was completely different to the accountants I had used before in that he saw things as a business Entrepreneur would, rather than merely a number cruncher, and understood exactly the mind-set of a successful business person. I was extremely impressed with his knowledge of different markets and accessibility to these. Since appointing Shaikh & Co I am happy to say we have never looked back as, during the years, and at various stages of growth, they have advised us on the best structures to employ to ensure the smooth running of the business including ideas that our old Accountants hadn't suggested. They took care of the Foreign Tax issues and Investments, including advice on Joint Ventures with foreign partners, and also advised on Duty and Cross-border VAT, resulting in a win/win for all the partners. Throughout this period I have entrusted my company and personal accounts to Shaikh & Co. I have always been impressed by Gulam's commercial acumen and Shaikh & Co have given us strong financial input to guide our business strategy. I have found them to be courteous, helpful and above all friendly. It is without hesitation that I do actually recommend this company to anyone that has accounting needs which Gulam appreciates very much. Several foreign companies as well as businesses local to Tunbridge Wells have taken up my recommendation - they too have found Shaikh & Co are not only reliable, efficient and great value for money - they provide sound business advice.

David Jukes, Council Leader, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

accountsIQ is a highly successful international software company head quartered in Dublin. When we first expanded into the UK market we needed to establish a UK Company. We used the services of Shaikh & Co firstly to setup the local company and then to maintain all the accounts and tax returns for that company.

We have been dealing with Shaikh & Co now for over 5 years and they have been a pleasure to work with. They are proactive and their advice on Tax and all accounting matters has been bang on target, they are more than value for money. For this reason we continue to outsource our accounting and compliance functions to Shaikh & Co and would not hesitate in recommending them to any business wishing to set up in the UK.

Tony Connolly, Founder, accountsIQ

Dear Gulam, I was trying to remember how long we have collaborated and have come to the conclusion that it must be close to 20 years by now. During that time there has been a good, prompt and service oriented relationship which is so important when the modern Commercial environment throws up unexpected situations which need urgent impartial advice. The other aspect that has been a pleasant surprise, if it ever can be, is your charging policy which is transparent, flexible and appropriate. I must say thank you and much appreciate the on-going background work which smooths the path through the HMRC minefield and allows us to concentrate on making sound commercial decisions.

Yours Sincerely, Roger Buxton, Astrop Coal Trading Ltd

As a banking professional, I get the opportunity to sit with accountants and their clients all the time and get to know how they operate. I have to say that when the guys from Shaikh & Co are present I am impressed by the level of knowledge and expertise available to their clients.

Steve Broom, Metro Bank

I provide company secretarial services to both local and London based companies. When required, I have been pleased to recommend Gulam Shaikh at Shaikh & Co to provide clients with audit and taxation services. In my experience the firm gives a prompt and highly professional response to clients' needs.

Hugh Atwood, Tunbridge Wells

I first engaged Shaikh & Co. as my accountants over 3 years ago, after a disastrous working relationship with my previous accountant. I consider that Gulam and his colleagues are now part of my team as quite simply they took all the stress out of running my business financial affairs. After a complete review of the business, and a look at ways Shaikh & Co. can help me, we have only looked forward. From the outset I have received access to free professional advice either at meetings or via the telephone. The website is very helpful and easy to get around and the monthly newsletter is full of useful tips and advice. I can also commend the financing function of the practice as Gulam has a very innovative approach to arranging finance for various industries. Moving my financial affairs to Shaikh & Co was probably one of the best decisions I have taken. The whole team is professional, efficient, friendly and helpful.

Simon Bannister, Invicta Safety & Health Ltd

Somos una empresa on-line en expansión y servimos a clientes de toda Europa. Cuando quisimos ampliar nuestro negocio y abrir una oficina en el reino Unido, contactamos con Gulam Shaikh de Shaikh & Co accountants, quien nos ayudó inmensamente con su experiencia y consejos sobre como operar en Europa. Estamos muy satisfechos tras haber relegado a Shaikh & Co las funciones de contabilidad de nuestra oficina en el Reino Unido, ya que nos ha facilitado un ahorro de costes importante al abrir una nueva oficina en ese país. Durante años el asesoramiento y planificación recibidos han mejorado la posición de la empresa y nos ayudado a optimizar recursos y rebajar impuestos. Recomendamos a cualquier empresa que desee operar en el reino Unido y necesite asesoramiento que contacte con Gulam y su equipo en Shaikh & Co. Translation: We are a large expanding internet company based in Spain and serve customers all across Europe, when we wanted to set up our operations in the UK. We were introduced to Gulam Shaikh of Shaikh & Co accountants who helped us immensely with advice on the best way to trade and operate across Europe and we were delighted to outsource all the accounting functions to Shaikh & Co, this saved us a lot of money compared to us setting up offices and staff in the UK Over the years through their advice and planning we have also saved a large amount time, aggravation and tax. We would recommend any business wishing to set up in the UK and need helpful advice to contact Gulam and his team at Shaikh & Co.

Angel M., Spain

I have been a client of Shaikh & Co for 27 years and in that very long period I have received 1st class service in regard to both my company affairs and my private tax dealings. I would have no hesitation in recommending Shaikh & Co to any prospective clients.

Peter Bleasdale, MD, P.B. Papers Ltd, Glasgow

Thank you Shaikh & Co, you all have such a sound grasp of the economy from a hard working entrepreneur's view point, whilst at the same time - traditionally most unusual and reassuring. Contrary to the perception that HMRC sometimes has of us the tax payer - the bulk of the UK's Entrepreneurs want to pay their fair share and, like HMRC staff, we all have husbands/wives, children and pets - it's just that we are on different sides of "the counter". Keep up the good work - you are an example many could follow....in particular some of the "Big City" practices whose charges may be less than attractive.

Sincerely, Thomas Lewin, LTW Systems Ltd

On relocating our business, we sought to appoint new Accountants for our companies, we interviewed a number of firms within a 20 mile radius. Shaikh & Co, were head and shoulders above the competition in not only understanding what we were about, but identified with our challenges, they also suggested some simple but effective changes at the initial meeting ,including updating our accounting and business software, this implementation has gone without a hitch (famous last words!!). I have no problem in recommending them, if you are looking to change accountants or need a second opinion then they are really worth that call, even when we left a message on their site they were the only company to actually reply back that day.

Brian Alexander, BOA (UK) Ltd

My wife and I are now retired but we have dealt with Shaikh & Co for over 30 years in business and personal capacities, both in the UK and whilst we were overseas. During this period we have expanded the business and set up manufacturing in the Netherlands (exporting to various countries in Europe) and in the Southern Hemisphere including Japan and Korea. During that time Gulam Shaikh was involved in helping us with the Joint Venture arrangements for the business as well as assisting in arranging finance and acting as the Company's auditors. We can categorically state that the advice and guidance given to us proved to be invaluable and as such we have no hesitation in recommending Gulam and Shaikh & Co.

Bill and Frances Sergeant, Everwood Environmental Industries BV

Shaikh & Co have provided me with a first class service for over 5 years now. Both friendly and professional I do not hesitate to recommend them when asked.

Carl Harris, Bow Design & Print Ltd, Tunbridge Wells

I have worked with Gulam Shaikh and his team since 1990 and am still very happy with their service and advice more than two decades later. I have used Shaikh & Co.'s services in various guises including bookkeeping, statutory accounts, personal tax, corporation tax, VAT and most recently for setup and outsourced accounting and company secretarial work for UK subsidiaries of foreign companies. In all cases their advice has been timely and accurate and I have no hesitation in recommending them to businesses who want both a friendly and professional service.

William Parker - UK Country Manager, Oxatis (based in Marseille, France)

Gulam and his colleagues at Shaikh & Co have looked after my tax affairs for many years. During that time I have recommended Shaikh & Co to many corporate clients and individuals looking for expert accountancy, tax and funding advice. I am always happy to endorse Shaikh and Co as they continually provide an exceptional service.

Gavin Selbie

Shaikh & Co. Have been our accountants since starting the company in 1999 and have always given us a first rate service. Their helpful and pro-active approach to work always gave us confidence. Shaikh & Co. Not only give us sound accounting advice but also objective business practice advice which we are sure, over the years, has saved us a lot of money.

William Sergeant, William Sergeant Architects

We were impressed with the professionalism and dedication to solving our specific problem. Will be using again in the future and would highly recommend.

Peter Adams

Friendly service, really helpful, would highly recommend

Matt Wiles

As a British businessman living in Japan, finding a financial adviser to help me set up a new company in the UK, while living overseas, was potentially challenging. However, Shaikh & Co has been invaluable in terms of providing balanced, impartial information and an affordable, reliable service. I would not hesitate to recommend Shaikh & Co to anyone seeking high quality tax advice, or for those starting out in a new business venture, whether in the UK or overseas.

Gareth Blackmore, Blackmore Group, Japan

Wir sind seit 5 Jahren Kunden der Shaik & Co und mehr als nur zufrieden. Gulam Shaik und Colin Nightingale stehen jederzeit persõnlich für ausführliche Beratungsgespräche zur Verfügung und verfügen über excellente Kontakte in die britische Geschäftswelt. Thanks a lot.
Translation: We have been a client of Shaikh & Co for 5 years and are more than satisfied. Gulam Shaikh and Colin Nightingale are available personally at any time for detailed consultations and have excellent contacts in the British business world. Thanks a lot.

Diana Burns, Building & Living Ltd, Germany

Translation: Our company has been working with Shaikh & Co since the beginning of 2013. In this short time we have gained and benefited immensely from your company's skilled professionals who very competently and promptly provide accounting for our company. Thank you and all your staff for the work. We are confident that in the future our cooperation will continue to be mutually beneficial.

Olga Zueva, Macys Corporate Services Ltd, Cyprus

I have been a client of Shaikh & Co accountants for many years and have found them to be competent, accurate and highly professional in every aspect of their work. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone requiring an accountancy firm of high repute.

Joy Evanson-Goddard, Personal customer

We at Trade Credit Insurance Consultants Ltd find Shaikh & Co to be highly professional and dedicated to their Client's best interests. We would not hesitate to recommend them whenever possible.

David Miller, Trade Credit Insurance Consultants Ltd

I have worked on a number of funding proposals with Shaikh & Co. Whenever funding issues and advice is considered, the guys at Shaikh & Co are always at their clients' side making sure the advice they receive is relevant, effective and most importantly, appropriate. In my opinion one of the best teams to have on your side.

Kevin Weaver, Expert Funding Consultant

I have worked with Shaikh and Co for 17 years for both business and personal accountancy. Their advice has always been first class and have no hesitation in recommending them.

David McAllen, Director, Liftec Lifts Ltd

Excellent help & service provided. Would definitely recommend using Shaikh & Co to anyone!

Brian Dellaway, Director, Bay Lifts Ltd.

We have been recommended to Shaikh & Co by our professional advisors dealing with our property portfolio and we are absolutely delighted with the advice and help we have got from Steve, Gulam and his colleagues, they have been absolutely fantastic and totally reliable and are very well versed with property taxes, funding, property law, VAT and dealing with the banks. With these guys on your side, you feel empowered and confident that the decisions you are taking are the best for the business.

Emma Leach, Millwood Floors Ltd

The service provided by Shaikh & Co has been outstanding with excellent turnaround of any accountancy issues.

Martin Porter, MD, Rexmartin Ltd

A friendly and professional team. Very happy. With little experience in setting up a new business, the team were extremely helpful. They also gave guidance and support with my mortgage which has really helped me as a first time buyer. My thanks to Steve, Colin and Gulam.

Will Holme, Proprietor, Holme Run Fitness.

I have known Gulam since the early 1990s and throughout that period Gulam and his colleagues at Shaikh & Co have looked after all the accounting and tax affairs of the group of companies we own and manage and also the affairs of my family as owners. I have to say as for all businesses over the years there have been many opportunities and tribulations which have arisen and I am delighted to say that the advice and guidance we have had has been superb, very well thought out , proactive and in our interests in mind at all times. Gulam and his team are friendly, easy to talk to and have a deep level of understanding of businesses and the entrepreneurs who work hard to achieve the results . Shaikh & Co are good people to have on your side and fight your corner. we cannot recommend them highly enough.

Andrew Saunders, Managing Director, Halcyon Group, Kent.

Gulam Shaikh helped set up our chartered surveying company in the year 2000 and has given us friendly service and great advice over the years - I would highly recommend.

Tim Godfrey, Director, DND Core Ltd.

We have been clients of Shaikh & Co for over 20 years and within that time the business has gone through tremendous change and growth, with modern state of the art facilities. Shaikh & Co have been with us throughout all this, guiding us through and helping us with investment, accounting and tax strategies. We have no hesitation in recommending them to companies requiring excellent accountants.

Tony Jones, Managing Director, Reflex Studios Ltd, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

I have worked with Shaikh & Co for many years and have found them to be extremely helpful in all aspects of my business and personal financial requirements. In addition they are extremely well informed and helpful, are very professional and knowledgeable regarding my business. I don't see them as my accountant, they treat me as a friend, and they give me advice regarding my tax and business matters like you talk to your friend, which is why I would not hesitate to recommend their services.

Glen Fanti, Director,Don Giovanni Restaurant.

My family have been using Shaikh and Co Accountants since I was very young. They have always gone above and beyond expectation, and I have not hesitated to use them for my personal Business as well. I cannot recommend them highly enough!

Daniel Hunter-Evans, Director, Torpedo South Ltd

I have known Gulam for a number of years before I became a client and I can say that it is one of the best business decision I have made , I had seen and heard of his advice that he had given to other business clients and once I switched over to his firm we were in for a treat. These guys are absolutely on the ball, talk to them about your business and you will be absolutely astounded with the level of knowledge they display and wiliness to help, with Shaikh & Co you don't get pushed from Pillar to Post as you do with some firms, these guys are masters of all . If you want to succeed in the shortest time possible without going through trial and errors, experimenting, then Shaikh & Co is my recommendation.

Luis Martinez, Managing Director, Luis Martinez Ltd

I first met Mr Shaikh when we were both on the Board of School Governors at Hill House School some 20 years ago. I soon moved my company's accountancy requirements to Shaikh and Co and we are still being looked after by them. I cannot speak highly enough about the company. They continue to provide excellent, accurate advice when asked, and they do so very promptly.

Terry Hunter, Ordinance Yard Ltd

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Shaikh & Co Accountants

10 Decimus Park, Kingstanding Way, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 3GP - Tel:01892 552696