What Our Clients Say

Our clients tell us that Kirk Newsholme people are straight-talking and to the point. So here’s a simple truth: nearly every firm of accountants will tell you their approach is different.

We believe ours really is. But we think it should be the people who matter who tell you why, so here are some of our clients’ comments on us. They explain what we’re all about better than we can.

“We transferred over to Kirk Newsholme in the summer of 2018. Initially we worked with Jill and Justin to build the relationship and understand our business requirements. It was a breath of fresh air to be able to discuss our business objectives in an informative, light hearted environment yet with very knowledgeable and skilled professionals. They were keen to adopt the approach we prefer of agreeing estimated fees up front and setting up an annual retainer for any ad hoc queries to avoid any unnecessary surprise invoices dropping on my desk.

Since last summer we have worked with a number of Jill and Justin’s colleagues who all adopt the same approach. Approachable and relaxed yet experienced and expert in their field. We now have a very good working relationship with a large proportion of the team at Kirk Newsholme and I feel like I could pick up the phone to any one of them (to be honest anyone in the business) and they would help as best they could or point me in the right direction. ”

Rachel Hillman, Finance & Operations Director,
Simpson Associates Ltd

“We searched extensively before moving to Kirk Newsholme. Here we were lucky enough to find a company who aligned with our values, have skills and expertise in abundance, who are always contactable, who care and who create real relationships with us which we value.

They support our growth plans. They do all these tasks seamlessly, they are a wonderful company and we greatly value their input and their wonderful staff.

Kirk Newsholme empower my company to feel in control of our journey and I cannot recommend them highly enough. They are quite unique and simply excellent at everything they do at all times.”

Sherry Ward, Director,
Omega Security Systems Ltd

“Moving accountants seemed a daunting task after being with our incumbent accountant for many years, but the move itself was seamless and the decision to move was wholeheartedly the right decision for the business and for us personally.

Kirk Newsholme have a proactive approach, always suggesting and highlighting opportunities to help us run the business in a smarter way and take time to understand our business and
its industry.

The continuity of service from their high calibre staff, gives us the total confidence and support required for our growing business.

Overall, we’re delighted with the service and would highly recommend!”

Giles Hanson, Managing Director,
Hanson Garages Ltd

“We have worked with Kirk Newsholme for a number of years after moving from one of
the larger accountancy firms. We have found Kirk Newsholme to be extremely professional in their approach and their knowledge spans many financial arenas.

The team have advised us on many matters relating to PAYE, VAT, corporation tax, pensions and more recently R&D. We would recommend Kirk Newsholme to any potential client.”

George Bell, Financial Director,
John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd

“We have been extremely impressed with the proactive approach taken by Kirk Newsholme during the course of our annual audit process. They have been helpful and innovative in terms of making positive suggestions for improving processes and gaining the greatest levels of efficiency.

We feel that they have gone well beyond the basic remit of an annual audit and have provided sound advice based on having taken a very real interest in the workings of our business.”

Elaine Holmes, Joint Managing Director,
Deehurst Ltd t/as Traveleads

“Hydrema UK appointed Kirk Newsholme in 2011 having previously used a Big 4 firm.

They have proven to be a young dynamic company who have really taken the time to understand our business and offer a refreshing hands on professional approach to business.

They are ahead of the curve in providing pro-active advice and always on hand when required and I would not have any reservations about recommending their services.”

Tim Wadsworth, Sales Director,
Hydrema Ltd

“In 2014 we decided to review our requirements for the services provided by our accountants. With one change in 35 years and having been with the same firm, offering
national coverage, for almost 30 years this was not a process undertaken lightly.

Following discussions and meetings with other firms, all of whom impressed greatly and were undoubtedly very capable, we quickly established the feeling that we felt most comfortable
with Kirk Newsholme.

Sometimes it’s hard to put your finger on what exactly the reasons are behind a decision, in our case a big factor was the down earth, straight talking ‘Yorkshire’ element, coupled with excellent knowledge and experience of dealing with family businesses. Kirk Newsholme values are closely aligned with our own so it felt like a good fit from the start and it has proved to be a good move for us.

The continuity of staff and partner involvement means they are really involved in the business and at a critical time in our ambitious expansion plans, we have really welcomed their input as part of our management team. Kirk Newsholme provide us with a full range of services and continue to go above and beyond in offering an extremely high level of expertise and proactive advice.”

James Lee, Managing Director,
Cromwell Polythene Ltd

“We moved to KN back in 1999 from a national firm. We have enjoyed a first class relationship with them and have benefitted from invariably high standards of service throughout. One of the most pleasing aspects about our work together has been the strong continuity of personnel – with each contact we build on previous progress, rather than needing to reiterate needs or explain historical issues.”

Mark Ridgway, Managing Director,
Group Rhodes

“After the local independent firm we had used for many years was acquired by a large international practice, we felt we had lost that personal touch that a smaller sized firm can
give and decided after a period to time to seek new advisers who could be more in tune
with our business.

Our move to Kirk Newsholme in 2014 was extremely easy and smooth and since their appointment their partners and staff have always made themselves available, responded quickly and provided us with sound advice and a professional, pro-active service. The year-end audit and tax services have been dealt with extremely efficiently and continuity in staff, particularly at a senior level and good communication have been important factors in this.
We have also been very happy with the quality of the work and advice.”

Richard Nash, Managing Director,
DLA Design Group of Companies Ltd

“Since moving to KN from an international firm in 2009 we have made significant, sustained cost savings. The quality of their staff’s technical knowledge has impressed us which is very important as an AIM listed company. The continuity of staff combined with partner involvement, has made us feel more involved in the process and we are very happy with our decision in selecting KN.”

Nicholas Braime, Chairman and Managing Director,
T.F. & J.H. Braime (Holdings) P.L.C.

“We have often thought that in the years since we regained control of Theakstons in 2003, the best decision we ever made was to secure the services of Kirk Newsholme. They are an outstanding firm of Chartered Accountants staffed by outstanding individuals.”

Simon Theakston, Executive Director,
T & R Theakston Limited

“Having appointed Kirk Newsholme at a previous company, I knew that PPB Limited would be well looked after.

We continue to receive sound advice from the audit and tax teams who are always available and willing to go the extra mile to meet our service requirements. We genuinely feel that we get the best of both worlds from our relationship with Kirk Newsholme: technical expertise and advice as well as a value added hands-on service.”

Graham Cheesebrough, Finance Director,
PPB Ltd

“We have enjoyed a relationship with Kirk Newsholme for many years and in our experience of working with them, they always think beyond what’s required to consistently offer proactive advice. We really see them as the UK extension of our business.

Furthermore, we have a great relationship with the team with there being little turnover in staff, meaning the individuals involved have a real knowledge of our company. We are extremely satisfied with all services Kirk Newsholme provide us. ”

Wim Thomassen, Accounting Manager,
H&S Group B.V.

“We have been with KN for over a decade now, having previously been with one of the big 4. Our experience with KN has been excellent, all the required expertise with a personal touch.”

Richard Thomson, Managing Director,
Thomson Limited

“Having previously been with a large national accountancy practice, we felt our company needed a more personal input. Kirk Newsholme has the unique ability to provide the professional expertise of a multinational alongside the close personal attention of an independent”

Joanne Martin, Director,
Leeds Fleet Services Limited

Finally, here’s one from us! This is what our MD, Graham Kirk, has to say:

Graham Kirk Our role is more than simply number crunching. It’s about developing long-term relationships with our clients, so that we can fully embrace their business goals and aspirations for the future – only this way can we develop the in-depth understanding needed to help them achieve their ambitions.

We hope these comments we have given you a flavour for the way we work.  If you’d like to speak to a member of our team, please contact us and we will do our very best to help you.