Trusted Advisers and Accountants in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and the South East

“Large enough to meet your accountancy needs. Small enough to know your name when you call”


$180 000 000




Tax Planning

Because tax law is constantly changing and incredibly complex, we offer a service tailored specifically to you which will help make the process as simple as possible for both business and personal customers.

Payroll and PAYE Returns

While we run your payroll, we never lose sight of the fact that your staff are important to you and the smooth running of your business.

Construction Industry

At Shaikh & Co accounting we offer a full range of accounting services to the Building and Construction industry which is known for its very specific and unique accounting requirements.

Business Start Ups

Whilst the success of a business cannot be guaranteed, we will ensure that you get the best possible start for your business and be here for you when you need to talk things through.


Every once in a while, someone comes along who really touches a nerve – someone whose message is right on! Gulam Shaikh is one of those rare individuals who has been there, done it…and tells the tale like no other. Where we would be without his guidance and wise advice throughout the pandemic, I do not know. We are emerging fitter, leaner and much more professional, thanks to Gulam's team.

John Sheffield, Chairman & CEO, RTW Medical Group

The team at shaikh & Co assisted with the sale of our Lifts business to Otis, They were an invaluable source of support and advice both transactional and also taxation throughout the whole sale process, from pre-offer stage to completion and were a pleasure to work with and provided good commercial advice , were responsive and efficient in running the transaction, allowing us to continue focusing on running and increasing the value of our business, to achieve an excellent outcome. In fact Otis have appointed shaikh & Co to carry out 6 further audits of their other subsidiaries

Jeffery Nokes, Managing Director, Liftec Lifts Ltd

I can honestly say that this was the most eye-opening, forward-thinking and helpful business move to appoint Gulam Shaikh and Shaikh & Co as our new accountants. I really appreciate your honest, real and straight-forward approach to accounting, management, marketing, and profitability.

Terence William Hunter, Founder and CEO, Lunar Developments Int Ltd

Shaikh & Co have been Gilray Plant's company accountants for over 12 years. Gulam and his team (Colin and Steve in particular) are great to deal with - efficient, effective and not over-pricey! We can thoroughly recommend their firm.

S G Wilson, Director, Gilray Plant Ltd, Gilray Plant Hire Ltd

In my capacity as Finance and Administration manager in a central London Law Firm I have engaged Shaikh & Co for accountancy, tax & advisory services for over 5 years in  different businesses.    They have always proved to be excellent in their approach, service and in the quality of insightful and rounded advice.  The key differential for me , compared to experiences of similar sized firms, is that they are authentically personable,  and always seek to understand a holistic view of the clients' needs.   You are not passed from one department to another - it is always joined up, through key contacts who all seek to know and understand your business over the long term.  They have dealt with very challenging foreign taxation matters of our HNW Individuals and their complex international tax matters, and always worked with me in tough circumstances  to find practical and effective solutions.  They are a great team, and very trusted business advisors, who are prepared to go the extra mile to help solve urgent problems.

Laurie Evanson-Goddard

Gulam, thank you for your wonderful contribution to our strategy during the dreaded pandemic. It is impossible to fully put into words the value that you delivered. You also left us with specific management tools to make real change in our businesses

James Hill, CEO Team worth Ltd

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

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.

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 particular some of the "Big City" practices whose charges may be less than attractive.

Thomas Lewin, LTW Systems Ltd


We are a friendly team of Chartered Certified Accountants and Registered Auditors in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and surrounding areas and have been practising in Kent for over 35 years.

Are you struggling with tax issues, starting out in business, looking for the right funding or looking for a firm of accountants with the experience and vision to meet your needs? Then we can help.

At Shaikh & Co Accountants we take time to get to know you so that we can deliver relevant, personalised and helpful advice on how to improve your business and personal wealth. Using the latest technology our team of trained specialists offer advice on taxation planning, tax strategies, business restructuring, book-keeping and payroll with fixed competitive fees, unlimited phone support and a free tax review.

Today’s business market is complex, fast moving and highly competitive,  Managing any business today is tough…and getting tougher.  Every industry is over-served and under-differentiated.  We’re all faced with more demanding customers, more and stronger competition, disruptive innovation and shrinking margins. On top of that, great staff are hard to find and keep…and that problem won’t go away any time soon.  So, mediocrity is no longer an option. Running a business properly is incredibly hard work.  But not running it properly is incredibly costly in lost revenue, missed opportunity and personal stress.  And, yet, proactively ‘running the business’ is, at best, a low-priority, part-time activity for many business owners. Every industry is changing and every market is being disrupted.  What does that look like in your market or industry?  Will you be the disruptor or the victim of disruption?

Business owners need the support of professional accountants who provide quick ,cost effective, high value solutions on time to help their business move forward & we aim to provide this service to you, without the need for constantly chasing. Working together with you on your business, we will help you pave your way to success, in a style that suits you and your business. We’ll keep you up-to-date on your business, so you never miss an opportunity to succeed.

Just when you think the world is settled it moves on, It’s like that for our clients and it’s like that for us. We don’t have the biggest name, so we have to work harder to make sure that when you have heard of us, you aren’t going to forget.


– 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 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”.

  • You seem to offer a lot. Are your fees expensive?

    No! We offer fixed fees linked to the value of what we provide. We’re not always the cheapest and as with many things in life the cheapest is often the most expensive in the long run. However, we are not expensive and we offer excellent value for what we provide. Most importantly we never undertake work without agreeing the fee arrangements in advance so you always know where you stand.

  • How easy is it to change accountants and why should I change?

    If your existing accountant is offering you an excellent pro-active service at a fair fee then stick with them. However, different accountants will save you different amounts of tax and provide different levels of business advice. If your present accountant doesn’t offer the type of service you want and that we do offer, then changing over to us is very easy. It involves just one letter from you and we take care of everything else for you. Your existing accountant is not usually allowed to charge you for providing the normal handover information

  • Is your fixed quote guaranteed for more than one year?

    We’re not in the business of providing low quotes just to get your business for the first year and then raising the fees. We want you as a long term client who trusts us to do what we say we will do. We quote what we anticipate to be a fair fee for the value provided and would only anticipate normal inflationary increases if the work stays the same. Very occasionally there may be reasons why the amount of work involved exceeded what was expected but we would sit down and discuss these with you. In some cases, where it is clear exactly what work is involved we can guarantee the fee for more than one year.


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Trusted Accounting firm in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge