Testimonials

We are proud of the work we do and totally committed to great service. Here is a small selection of the positive feedback we have received from our clients.

Our Partners can provide more examples for your area of interest. 

  • Steve Pymm, Pymm and Co

    Seamless! A complete solution provided by my accountants Larking Gowen.

    Before we used the all in one Receipt Bank and QuickBooks Online solution, dealing with my expenses seemed a big chore. I would ignore the task - only dealing with them when nagged by accountant.

    Now that my business has grown, with increased expenses not just from me but the whole of my team, keeping on top of all the receipts is key to me knowing the financial position of my business.

    Part of the solution my accountant provided was to introduce a cloud bookkeeping system QuickBooks Online Plus, which allows me to check the key metrics for my business on the move, and in real time, such as who need to pay an invoice or who I need to pay.

    Fitting Receipt Bank alongside this has allowed me to upload my expenses through the mobile app as I go, saving me time and allowing me to concentrate on the other important areas of my business.

    I love the simplicity of the solution provided. I record everything as I go using the mobile app and am rolling this out to all of my team to ensure that the business makes the most of themtime savings, just like I have.

    I would highly recommend Receipt Bank and QuickBooks Online to other business owners.  It's a complete no-brainer.

  • Stuart Stone, Desira

    Desira are a multi-franchise dealership with sites throughout East Anglia and in London.  The group generated turnover in excess of £85m in 2015 and  employs over 240 people.  Larking Gowen have been our auditors since 2009 and since then have provided us with additional services including the valuation of, and how to account for, a new share option scheme as well as tax planning advice and systems reviews. 

    We chose Larking Gowen for their professional service and competitive pricing.  We feel we have received excellent advice through the years and really value the personal relationship we have developed through regular meetings.

     

  • Robert Gunn, Tastes of Anglia Limited

    "Larking Gowen has been advising Tastes of Anglia Ltd for some years now. As the not for profit, membership owned support and promote organisation working with the food and drink industry of the region, we rely on dependable partners. Becky Ames and the team at Larking Gowen continue to provide us with valuable support and we are happy to recommend them to our members."

     

  • Stebbings Car Superstore

    Founded in 1976, Stebbings Car Superstore has become one of the most respected and successful Car Supermarkets in the UK recently opening our latest site in Norwich. We chose Larking Gowen to be our auditors and business advisors because of the depth of their technical and practical experience in helping growing businesses like us achieve our business goals.

    We have developed a close working relationship with the team at Larking Gowen who are always on hand to assist us with any queries or opportunities which arise big or small, providing us with peace of mind and guiding us through the technicalities and potential pitfalls. 

     

  • Charles Doe, John Doe Carpets & Furniture Limited

    "We have been working with Larking Gowen, and in particular Becky Ames, for a lot of years now and they have seen us grow over the last 5 years since our move to a new purpose-built store.

    They have advised and supported us on various accounting subjects such as tax/tax returns, family partnerships, management accounting and our plans for the future growth of our business.

    In recent months we have been discussing yearly budgeting and with Becky’s help we will be putting this into practice shortly.

    We have a very good relationship with Becky and her team, she is a pleasure to work with and we would not hesitate to recommend her or Larking Gowen."

     

  • Paul Vicary, Easy Mobility Services

    "Having previously used a small Accountants Company that merged with Larking Gowen, we were somewhat nervous of dealing with a larger Company, and losing the very personal approach we had been used to previously.

    However over the past 10 years, there is no doubt we would not been able to focus on our business growth without the ongoing advise and personal support from Larking Gowen. Our growth from a relatively small business to where we are today came with several challenges from payroll to HMRC queries and all departments have provided us with accurate and professional advice for us to deal with all these issues.

    Thank you for all your invaluable help thus far and look forward to the next 10 years."

  • Richard Coller, Pertwee & Back Ltd.

    Larking Gowen have been our key business advisor for over 25 years. They really take the time to understand us and our business. I know that they are on hand when I need them. They not only take away the stress and burden of Government red tape, so I can get on with running the business, but they are always there offering advice just when its needed.

     

     

  • Maggie from North Norfolk

    "It is such a relief to know that we are sorted and are not going to be hit with a big bill!

    I am from an accounting background but would not know where to start with Capital Gains, you have made the experience a joy - thank you!"

  • Christine Grimes

    About 11 years ago, after my father died, I was in need of some tax advice. As I knew of Larking Gowen from my days working on a large farm estate, I went to them.

    During the past 11 years I have used their services to sort out my tax affairs and, since my husband became self-employed in 2000, we have had his books audited annually by them as well.

    In all this time we have been treated with great courtesy and respect from Mr Tim Angell, who deals with our affairs. His letters/telephone calls are always informative and to the point and his advice most helpful. I have never felt intimidated by him or talked down to. He is a pleasure to deal with on all matters.

    I would have no hesitation in recommending him, or indeed Larking Gowen to deal with any tax or accounting matters.

  • Ampleford Strategic Consultants Ltd (MVL)

    As the process of Members' Voluntary Liquidation draws to a close, I take this opportunity to thank you personally for the excellent services you and Larking Gowen have provided in taking forward the liquidation of the above company.

    By setting out clearly at the start the procedures, required actions and information requirements that would be needed, it gave a shared understanding of the respective responsibilities.

    Your support, advice and guidance, through prompt responses to letters and phone calls, provision of documentation etc, ensured a stress free resolution of issues and concerns raised by clients who were unfamiliar with the operational details of an MVL.

    It has been a pleasure to work with Larking Gowen. A very effective service has been delivered to time and to cost, giving excellent value for money.

    Yours sincerely

    Brian H Strowger

  • Andrew Kitchen, ERAS Ltd

    We have utilised the Larking Gowen payroll services for 5 years and have never regretted the decision to outsource this area. The efficiency, accuracy and cooperation of Larking Gowen staff is excellent and all at a true value for money rate.

    Andrew Kitchen
    ERAS Ltd

  • David Hoy, Mayday

    Over the past few years, our business has grown and developed quite extensively which has brought various issues with it along the way. Whilst the majority have been positive, it is without a doubt as a result of working with Larking Gowen, that we have been able to grow and develop the business to where it is today.

    We feel that Larking Gowen really understands our business and works with us in helping us achieve our goals and, together with their all round knowledge, we now do not have to seek advice from various sources.

    All in all, we are delighted with the professionalism and advice we have received.

     

  • Tim Place

    Following the recent completion of the Timchris reorganization, I just wanted to place on record our appreciation of the advice and assistance provided by you and your colleagues at Larking Gowen. This was a transaction of very great importance to the family, with substantial amounts involved and difficult legal and taxation issues including a very challenging international dimension.

    Your role in guiding the transaction to a successful conclusion was invaluable, and we are very grateful.

    Yours sincerely,

    Tim Place

  • Clive Hedges, Keys Estate Agents

    We were attracted to Larking Gowen for their pro-active approach. We were not clients of theirs but we were invited to various workshops, seminars and Business Breakfasts which we were pleased to attend.

    Whilst we were content with our current accountants, it was clear that we needed a modern, fresh approach. Following very encouraging initial meetings we made the decision to instruct Larking Gowen at the beginning of 2008.

    Their advice and approach to our business has been invaluable and we have already seen the effects of their advice and actions taken. We would certainly have no hesitation in recommending them to other proposed clients.

     

  • Hector Jackson - Owner - Care Home

    "14 years ago we were finding business somewhat difficult and were guided to Larking Gowen Business Support Services by our existing accountants and to be completely honest it was the best move we have ever made and I have stuck with them ever since.

    They guided us through very difficult circumstances and helped turn the business round to generate sufficient cash to expand and provide us with a good lifestyle. In addition to strategic planning, BSS deals with our day to day finances and cash control which has removed the daily worry re payments to suppliers and especially the Inland Revenue so we are able to concentrate on the running of the business.

    We have found that BSS operate with the utmost integrity & honesty in every aspect of the running of their business and in assisting us. They are extremely helpful and always keep us up to date.

    I cannot help saying that if you engage BSS you will find that you will be able to sleep well each night knowing that everything is being looked after correctly and if required they will perform beyond the call of duty."

  • Matthew Hutton

    My family and I have engaged Larking Gowen (and, indeed, its predecessor firm) as Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisers for as long as I can remember – possibly not far short of 50 years. In that time they have provided us with accountancy advice and drawing up accounts for our family farming partnership and for family trusts, as well as dealing with the associated tax returns. They have also given us pro-active tax advice. I have always found their partners and staff to be unfailingly efficient, knowledgeable and courteous and have no hesitation in commending the firm for this Award, given both their technical expertise and their client service.

     

  • Kevin Keable, Oilennium

    I’ve worked with Larking Gowen before, when I was running a much bigger
    company, so I knew of their strengths. But it was only recently that my present
    business seemed big enough to utilize their services.

    What a pleasure it has been - why didn’t I make the change before? Their in-depth knowledge of so many varying subjects has helped me to reduce my tax, stopped me making financial mistakes and given me better tools and support with which to manage my business.

    It is not a cost; it is an investment and a good one too!

     

  • Models Direct

    I am Damien O’Connor MD of one US and several small UK companies.

    We engaged Larking Gowen as our accountants a few years ago and our board was ecstatic to at last find what every business dreams of – an accountancy firm who gets to grips with and contributes first hand in making a positive difference.

    One of the main issues we were involved in was an Inland Revenue investigation that had inexorably mashed us to pulp over a two year period with a £90,000 assessment. LG took over with the quiet confidence of true professionals and proceeded to position their expertise and exert influence.

    Entirely due to the refreshing intervention of LG, led by partner Ian Fitch and supported by senior tax advisor Roger Jones – this assessment has been whittled down by more than two thirds the original amount, along with implementing an imaginative and creative ‘one off accounting charge’ that has provided ongoing future benefits stored for the years ahead.

    LG also got their crack team to grips with our book keeping, budgeting and business planning, analysis and forecasting with vigour and enthusiasm.

    For the first time in fifteen years of being in business, I and my fellow directors are able to concentrate on what we are good at, selling and improving the service we offer, while confidently knowing we are supported by total, caring and professional financial expertise.

    Only through deserving companies being proposed for and winning industry awards, will other client businesses see deserved recognition and thereby convey outstanding ability behind the scenes that could possibly otherwise go unnoticed. When excellence exists it should be held high as the example. If there are publicly identifiable standards and awards of meaning and value, these serve the business community at large.

    Settling for mediocrity at best and total frustration at worst – when instead business leaders could have their accounting expectations exceeded and work with complimentary expertise as real partners, is the distinction of meritorious award.

    I wholeheartedly propose Larking Gowen and am happy to do so in writing and or in person.

    Damian O'Connor

     

  • ipatter

    We approached Larking Gowen with a business idea and were delighted with the enthusiasm and professionalism with which we were greeted. With the help of Larking Gowen the idea has become a reality and www.ipatter.com an exciting new business. Mark Curtis has been a pleasure to deal with, introducing us to incredibly useful contacts, helping us with every stage of our development, a friendly and patient voice at the end of the telephone whenever we needed and always willing to meet us when required. We are looking forward to our business moving forward and becoming an established brand and we know Larking Gowen will support us along this journey.

    Jane Lewin
    Operations Director
    ipatter

     

  • YMCA

    John Drake, YMCA, commented on the subject of tendering: “Because of Housing Corporation good practice, it was with reluctance the YMCA Norfolk had to re-tender for its auditing service.

    Our apprehension and misgivings at the prospect of a change were totally unfounded in that the service rendered by Larking Gowen has proved outstanding. The audit was thorough without being invasive, detailed without being irksome and the suggested changes have been evolutionary not revolutionary.

    As a Board of Directors we feel relief, and are more than satisfied and equipped for the challenges of the 21st Century.

  • Simon and Yvonne Titterington - Director/Shareholders - Care Home

    "We turned to Larking Gowen as we felt that we were lacking in guidance and support from our original provider. This motivated us to seek an alternative service and you were recommended.

    During the initial consultation our minds were put at rest. Larking Gowen's subsequent involvement meant that we received the support we required in key decisions regarding our development scheme, good practices in running our finances and future financial planning.

    Throughout the whole process we have been kept up to date at every issue, more so than expected. In addition you have taken particular note of the way we operate as a business in our sector.

    We are very grateful for the advice received and look forward to your continued support in the long term. We would happily recommend your services."

  • Greg Shepherd, Joint Managing Director, G T Bunning & Sons Limited

    “We have recently had to deal with the retirement of a major stakeholder from part of our business, and Larking Gowen have worked with us every step of the way, ensuring that the whole process was planned well in advance to maximise the tax benefits for both the individual and the company, liaising with other professionals and working with us to discuss our on-going funding requirements to enable the business to continue to grow.

    They have also worked closely with us as we expand our manufacturing customer base around the world, and have been able to advise in connection with our various overseas joint ventures.  Their constant knowledgeable support has been invaluable to us.

  • Simon Burgess, Managing Director/Shareholder, Property Developer

    "Having recently completed out first Due Diligence exercise during a new care business acquisition, may I thank you for all your help and advice. the was an area our company had no experience in and we certainly would not have been able to assess the risks and opportunities in such thorough detail without your input. I am especially appreciative of your flexibility and time made available as and when important matters arose (event at 5pm on a Friday!)"