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

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

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

Simply stated, there is no more valuable way that I know of to help companies with their business challenges and opportunities than to bring in the team at Shaikh& Co.

William Parker, Managing Director, Parker Consulting 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 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

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


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.

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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