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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, Chartered Accountant, Founder, accountsIQ, Dublin.
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.Roger Buxton, Managing Director, 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, Senior Commercial Director ,Metro Bank PLC
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, Chartered Accountant, 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.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
WHO WE ARE
– 1980, Opening
Shaikh & Co was started by our Senior Partner Gulam Shaikh in the mid 1980’s and his original aims to offer accountancy services in a friendly and relaxed yet totally professional manner still continue today.
– 2016, Stop Press
On Sunday 10th April 2016 the Sunday Times published their first supplement listing the Top 200 Accountants in the UK based on reviews on the independent consumer ratings website VouchedFor.co.uk. We are extremely proud to say that Shaikh & Co was featured in that list. Please click here for a digital copy of the Sunday Times guide.
– 2019 , Clear & Transparent Pricing Award
This year 2019 here at Shaikh & Co we were delighted to receive an award from Go Proposal, , “James Ashford the chairman of GoProposal said “It’s about subscribing to a set of beliefs and values which underpin your commitment to maximising the value you provide to your clients, t’s all about being able to show clients exactly what they’re getting and what that costs in a clear and transparent way”.READ FULL STORY →
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