One of the leading Southampton accounting firms
From start-up businesses to growing companies, from freelancers to contractors, from public sector bodies to third sector organisations, our team of chartered accountants (with over 150 years’ collective experience) looks forward to providing you with the advice, support, guidance, and compliance you need.
We believe in positive, open, and constructive relationships with our clients. We want to give you the knowledge and the tools you need to keep control of your own business but you can rest assured that, if we see something of concern, we’re not afraid to ask you the difficult questions. Sometimes, business owners can be too close to the action and our clients benefit from our impartial and constructive viewpoints on the company they’re building and the issues they are facing.
We see our role as to give you honest and timely advice at every stage of the journey of your business – and we’re proactive about it. Email’s great but we’d much rather pick up the phone and speak with you because we find the personal interaction gets things done quicker and makes for satisfied clients who know we are fighting their corner.
Book a free hour long consultation with Black & White
Want to talk about your current business and your future plans? Why not let us visit you at your premises for an hour so that we can find out more about what you do and how we can help you? You can either use the form below, call us free on 0800 140 4644, or email [email protected].
Services for our Southampton clients
In addition to Black and White Accounting’s specialist services, we also provide businesses and the self-employed in Southampton with:
Payroll from an accredited small business accountant in Southampton
Payroll has become a lot more complicated in recent years however our Southampton accountants can assist with everything from tax code questions, onboarding new starters, producing payslips, and running payroll schemes.
Most businesses are now legally obliged to run a workplace pension scheme – ask us how we can set one up for you when you get in touch.
Bookkeeping and VAT
Bookkeeping provides your business with real-time information so that you better understand your profitability, efficiency, viability, and cash flow. Accessing and interpreting financial information makes a key difference in business. Accurate and actionable information allows business decision makers to make decisions which promote company survival and growth.
Regularly bookkeeping allows you to identify problems and spot opportunities long before an accountant working on your year-end can. Black and White Accounting employs in-house bookkeepers and, if they spot something that you should know, they tell us first and we then come to you with analysis and insight into what they’ve found so that you can prevent issues from becoming problems and ultimately help you run your business better in the long term.
Our accountants in Southampton prepare all the necessary paperwork and financial information that is needed to defend our clients against claims from HMRC for unpaid or unreported tax. Recent changes to IR35 laws are likely to increase the number of cases brought by HMRC against contractors and the self-employed.
Ask us about our “fee protection insurance” when you call which covers all of our costs in preparing information on your case if HMRC do bring a case against you.
Annual personal and company annual accountants
Black and White Accounting provide services to Southampton sole traders, partners, and company directors on the preparation and submission of their self-assessment forms including payments on account.
We also prepare limited company accounts for submission to Companies House and prepare and submit the required CT600 tax returns to HMRC.
We also work with Southampton schools and charities on account preparation and submission – please get in touch to find out more.
For Southampton businesses planning a period of growth or for owners who wish to scale back their business or to prepare it for exit (for example, sale, merger, retirement, passing on to family members, and so on), Black and White Accountants offer the strategic and accounting advice you need. In the last 20 years, we have helped many Southampton business owners take the next step in achieving their goals and realising their aspirations.
The key to doing this well is to be in control at all times and to work to a defined set of achievable milestones – our Southampton accountant and business advisors will prepare the roadmap for you and your business.
Accounting software training
In recent years, our bookkeepers and accountants in Southampton have helped clients integrate online financial software packages like Xero into the daily running of their businesses. There is a wide range of different software packages and different services levels now available and we are experts in recommending the package and service level most suitable and affordable for your business.
Our Southampton accountants and bookkeepers are available to train (one on one or in a group setting) you and your staff in how to use online financial software efficiently and effectively either at our premises or in your place of work.
To speak with us about our wider range of services, call us free on 0800 140 4644 or email us at [email protected].
An accountant for growing Southampton businesses
For Southampton businesses either planning or undergoing expansion, Black and White Accounting’s team brings experience, knowledge, and insight to your team.
In addition to the analysis and reporting produced for your company by our financial accountants, the senior members of our team have assisted Southampton based companies and global corporations with headquarters in Southampton in using this information to enable better decision-making and to guide strategic planning for the future.
Growth puts immense strain on your cash flow, your staff, and your ability to perform to the highest standards. With a Black and White Accounting senior team member on hand to assist you, you’re better able to scale up in a manageable way avoiding the stress, the peaks, and the troughs of expansion through the setting and achievement of attainable and realistic milestones.
Self-employed accountant for Southampton
Whether you’re a freelancer or a contractor, Black and White Accounting helps you by making sure that you are using the most tax efficient legal form for your work (sole trader versus limited company), keeping your books up to date, claiming every allowable expense, and filing your returns in good time so that you know what you have to pay HMRC and when.
In the last three years, we have started work with many clients working in the “gig economy” or who “side hustle” – in other words, earn additional income streams on top of what they earn from employment. Please note that, if you wish to declare any unreported earnings to HMRC, let us help you do so under either the “Second Incomes Campaign” or the “Card Transaction Program”.
Property accountant for Southampton landlords
Landlords seeking a property accountant for Southampton should contact our team to maximise the amount of profit they can take from their portfolio by minimising both their expenses and tax liabilities.
Southampton has a vibrant rental sector with over 40% of all stock[i] listed on property websites advertising for tenants. The multi-year changes to the way in which personal landlords are taxed has caused landlords a great deal of concern and, throughout this period, we have been available for our landlord clients to help them comply with the new legislation while retaining a focus on profitability and maximising the returns from their portfolio.
We have also worked with many landlords in the Southampton area on helping them to get their affairs in order with HMRC in response to their “Let Property” campaign.
Financial accountant in Southampton for higher turnover businesses
Use a financial accountant in Southampton from Black and White Accounting to improve the decision making, control, and strategic direction of your business through up-to-date, accurate, and actionable information and insights.
Your Southampton financial accountant will prepare for you management and financial reports based on your statements of income and expenditure, assets and liabilities, balance sheets, and cash flow statements.
An accountant for small businesses in Southampton
It’s official – Southampton is the best city in the UK to be self-employed with the average earnings reaching just over £39,000 a year for 26 hours work a week[ii].
Southampton is a success story – and the success it’s generating is gaining additional momentum all the time as we add to our traditional industries with digital and other high-value-added sectors. Our economic breadth and depth as a city have arguably never been as healthy as it is today. Southampton is geared to enter the top 10 areas in the UK for both job creation and GVA[iii].
Our quarter of a million people[iv] earn around 10% more[v] than the national UK average – in fact, Southampton enjoys the third highest level of disposable income in the country[vi]. There are an impressive 22,000 people working in the digital sector[vii] who are on an average salary of over £45,000.
100 start-ups a year are backed by the progressive and top-75-in-the-world-ranked University of Southampton’s Catalyst[viii] and Future Worlds[ix] projects.
The council has embarked on a 20-year economic development program, a major part of which will be invested in city centre renewal[x].
Get in touch with your local Southampton tax accountant
Black and White Accounting’s Southampton and Hampshire team is conveniently based in pretty village of Herriard.
We’d appreciate the opportunity to come to meet you at your premises to discuss where your business is today and where you’d like it to be in three years’ time. We’ll then present you with a plan (including our list of proposed services and prices) that we believe will give your business strength and certainty in its financial management and as a result will offer you an even better chance of achieving your professional and personal financial goals.
Alternatively, if you’d like to visit us at our premises, please do book an appointment to come and see us. You can either use the form below, call us free on 0800 140 4644, or email [email protected].