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    I'm not sure about Gorilla. It started great with them. I asked if I could have a qualified accountant and did for 2 years. Inevitably he left and now I have a chap who 2 months ago was an accounts assistant at a council acc. to his linkedIn. He's a nice chap but everything I ask he tries to first fob me off with generalisms then ask an adult when I press for detail. I only ask about 3 decent, semi complicated questions a year - the rest is vanilla. I just hate the ******* dance of it all.

    It was the same with SJD (10 years), NW (2 terrible years), Gorilla (3, 2 great now not so much).

    I really want someone to do both my tech co. accounts & property co. accounts but I'm reluctant to put it all in the hands of a kiddiwink.
    Lisa: "Gary, you can't blame yourself for what gorillas did."

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      I'm looking to move accountants after 7 years with SJD. They were actually brilliant up until a year ago where the accountants now seem to go rogue and do what they want completely inconsistent to previous years.

      My friend is with Gorilla and says he his accountant is brilliant but reading the comments I feel like it is like SJD where it depends on who you get.

      Does anyone use any small accountants local to them as I'm wondering if I would receive a better experience with them than a large firm?

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        Originally posted by Sheens83 View Post
        I'm looking to move accountants after 7 years with SJD. They were actually brilliant up until a year ago where the accountants now seem to go rogue and do what they want completely inconsistent to previous years.

        My friend is with Gorilla and says he his accountant is brilliant but reading the comments I feel like it is like SJD where it depends on who you get.

        Does anyone use any small accountants local to them as I'm wondering if I would receive a better experience with them than a large firm?
        You checked the other recommendations in the first post? Most of them are smaller. You could also consider Paper Rocket where Sarah Solo is the owner and does all the work so single point of contact.
        'CUK forum personality of 2011 - Winner - Yes really!!!!

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          Originally posted by northernladuk View Post

          You checked the other recommendations in the first post? Most of them are smaller. You could also consider Paper Rocket where Sarah Solo is the owner and does all the work so single point of contact.
          Yes I have and maybe I didn't interpret this correctly in my OP. I'm asking for people with experience with small "high street" firms that are local to them.

          However Paper Rocket is very close to me lol. What a coincidence!

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            Originally posted by Sheens83 View Post

            Yes I have and maybe I didn't interpret this correctly in my OP. I'm asking for people with experience with small "high street" firms that are local to them.

            However Paper Rocket is very close to me lol. What a coincidence!
            Ah well I wouldn't touch them with a ten foot barge pole but I had a bad experience with a local setup. They weren't contractor specialists and I was small fry for them so didn't get the service I was paying for. I'm not sure if the non specialists will be familiar with freeagent either. If you've been on the SJD portal for as long as that the Freeagent offering will be a breath of fresh air. Being local isn't a benefit anymore. I've not met my accountant in my entire contracting career of over a decade.
            Am sure someone will come along and say they are happy with their high street bod but a good majority of us find the specialists the best bet.
            'CUK forum personality of 2011 - Winner - Yes really!!!!

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