For many years I had been a client of one of the big ‘dental specialist accountants’ and had been happy enough with the service. This lasted until incorporation was recommended. We incorporated with a team of accountants who were only used to dealing with Sole Traders and Partnerships and therefore lacked some fundamental skills to allow a smooth incorporation. The result being that some significant benefits were missed with the incorporation and this landed us with a giant tax bill and under investigation by HMRC. That is when we were rescued by DSM.
DSM have accountants that specialise in both the dental sector, and in working with limited companies. They were able to restructure the company from the ground up to suit the NHS, our private income and HMRC, with a huge tax reduction, all for the less money than we paid to incorporate in the first place. Since then I have been introduced to monthly management accounts (unheard of at the last accountants) meaning that I now have a much firmer grasp on the business and am driving the business forwards in a way I didn’t think possible with higher profit, lower tax and therefore money to reinvest!
Dr Simon Clavell-Bate, Clavell-Bate Dentists BDS MJDF RCS
“I wanted to tell you a story about my experience of working with accountants whilst running my businesses over the last 30 years. Unfortunately they haven’t been very good, not until the last fifteen months that is. I have appointed several accountancy organisations over the years and after initially being wooed by a senior partner, I was then despatched to a foot soldier, never to see the partners again. Just over a year ago I was introduced to Mark Darbyshire of DSM accountants and it has turned out to be the best association I have ever made in my career.
“I have had a very successful business launch and much of that success is down to the advice and support provided by DSM. Mark sees all my e-mails even if I am dealing with other members of his team, he is always involved and available. His advice has been invaluable. During the last twelve months I have got to know Mark and Gillian very well and they are incredible people. Not only are they effective and professional through their practice but they are kind, decent human beings as well who play a leading role in the community, tirelessly supporting good causes and helping our lovely local area wherever they can. This is very important to me and I feel fortunate to have the Darbyshire’s as business allies.
“I count them as an integral and vital part of my business and I would recommend them to anyone in need of accountancy services.”
Gordon Ross, Managing Director, GR Safety Solutions Ltd
‘I cannot recommend DSM highly enough, they have provided me with a full range of business support services for almost 10 years. They are both professional and personally supportive, and have been an invaluable factor in the growth and success of Bowland Ecology.’
Jeremy James MSc, BSc (Hons), CEcol, CEnv, MCIEEM, Director & Principal Ecologist
“We have had numerous accountants over the years – none of which totally understood our needs – dsm are in a different league to all the others – we have never been as happy with the advice and constant help that they provide to our business – everybody should have an accountant like them.”
Amanda Hall, Director, Houldsworth Solicitors
“Gill, Mark and their team really understand how to keep entrepreneurial clients on the right track. They have a team of specialists which means that they bring so much more to the table than your average firm of accountants. Highly recommended.”
Guy Purves, Ginger Pumpkin
As a small new business set up many years ago, we had never needed an Accountant before, having enjoyed the benefits of being employees, where all that difficult stuff re tax etc was done for us! The transition to self employment was a fantastic decision and having known both Mark and Gillian, as dear friends and loyal supporters in all our Charity work for cancer and other worthy charities, it was a clear decision to ask them to do everything on the Accountancy front. They are both and will always be the Best In Breed, our term (!) not used lightly in our Chow Chow / dog world! Efficient, understanding, approachable, great listening techniques, tenacity to get to the right solution which suited us and benefited us financially whilst keeping within the bands of the all so important law. Gillian, always a workhorse behind the scenes, Mark quite rightly at the forefront in a client facing Accountancy role, doing their uppermost best in such unselfish ways, whilst supporting a great team behind the scenes. Both completely understand what makes Small and Medium Enterprises tick!
Carole Ann & Steve Powers, Directors, The Pampered Pooch Dog Grooming Studio Limited