Smart Solutions for Small Businesses


We got into the finals of the prestigious Accounting Excellence Awards! we were one of four practices from all over the country in the final for our category (Small Firm of the Year) and we’re chuffed to bits, as you can imagine.

We’d love to thank all our lovely clients for standing by us and supporting us during this time and we want to reassure you that we are as keen as ever to make sure that you get the support and information you need to run your business. Please email us of you’ve got any questions about your accounts, or a query (even if you’re not yet a client). or call us on 01763 257882



We want to help you make a real difference in the local community.

We’re awarding grants of up to £500 in twelve payouts throughout the next year. With a total pot of £6,000 over the year. We are looking for twelve people or community groups who can benefit from perhaps life changing funds to improve their life, or those of people in their local community group/voluntary organisation.

Please click here to find out more.


We find ourselves discussing a really ‘hot’ topic!

Our latest Royston Reel is live! click here to watch Charlie Deakin Davies in conversation with John Froggett.

A fascinating discussion from the Buntingford schools ‘graduate’ about gender diversity issues and Charlie’s life as a record producer who for the last two years worked with Gary Barlow.



As we emerge blinking in the new ‘freedom’ to trade face to face with customers, there’s a buzz around business start ups. We often get approached for free advice which we are happy to provide, about a range of topics from whether to be self employed or start a limited company, whether to register for VAT, what records to keep, how to set up payroll for new employees and a number of other frequently asked questions. So we have decided to create a series of posts giving advice on all these topics.

We also aim to keep you up to date with the latest changes to MTD (Making Tax Digital) 

VAT changes in the Hospitality sector and all things Payroll/national Insurance related

We hope you find them helpful. If there are other topics you would find useful please get in touch.

Call David on 01763 257882 or email




We get asked about where and how to apply for finance possibly more than anything else at the moment and we’re delighted to announce we’ve sourced a company to help you.

With the deadline fast approaching for CBILS and Bounce back loans, which have very good terms, this is your last chance to apply.

Please find out more here! 

‘You’re nothing like my accountant…

you’re so full of life!’ Charlie Thompson on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

This is music to our ears, as we are often told that we’re a little different to the stereotype and general perception of how accountants think and act! We feel we’re quite unique, whether that’s down to six of our eight strong team being from the same family, our ethos and belief in developing a healthy work life balance and ‘giving something back’ by supporting the local community or our genuine love of what we do. Or all three? Who knows?

What we do know is that we at The Accountancy Practice strive to be friendly, down to earth and approachable. Welcome to our website and thanks for checking us out!

Our six family members come from two generations, and we’re on hand to help you at whatever level you need to make your business life easier.  You could say we have old fashioned values with streamlined efficiency. Best of both worlds!?

We are proud to be Gold Partners with XERO, award winning software for helping you (and us) have a paperless accounting system! And we were really delighted to become finalists for the prestigious Hertfordshire Business Awards for Best Family Business! Our family values focus on Commitment, Compassion and Collaboration and we practice what we preach!

In addition to the necessary tax returns, accounts submissions, bookkeeping and payroll side of things, where we introduce you to awesome time saving packages for every function, if you’re interested, we can also help you understand and manage your accounts, reduce your tax bill, and increase your profits.

We aim to demystify your accounts and help you make the right strategic decisions by casting an expert eye on your business. We are proud to offer a pro-active, professional, jargon free service at an affordable price.

Ultimately, we want to help you make your business work for you and become your non-judgmental, straight talking business ally.

Regardless of how large or small your business is, all our clients are regarded as equal and receive the same respectful level of care. We will create a tailored package to suit you, using our new transparent subscription service. Every client is important to us, so whether it’s simply your self employed tax return, payroll for your team or a more complex set of limited company accounts, our team of accountants and associates have a vast array of skill sets designed to provide a top class service to all our clients.

If you feel you need a bit more support and don’t know where to turn, do get in touch. In addition to the basic accounts work, we can provide an unbiased sounding board to help plan your strategy moving forwards and help generate ideas for getting your business where you need it to be.

We believe that a healthy work life balance is essential and so we take a more ‘holistic view’, caring about your balance as well as that of your books! Our founder John has over forty years experience dealing with companies of all sizes and is on hand to help. Who better than someone who can see what’s happening in your business and has the figures to hand? John would love to hear from you if you need that little bit extra from us.

Click here if you’d like to watch two of our clients explain what sets us apart as far as they are concerned


HOW THE ROLE OF ACCOUNTANT IS CHANGING: We are well aware that businesses need flexibility as well as down to earth advice and we pride ourselves on taking a weight off your shoulders so you can put your energy into your business. The role and the benefits of using an accountant are evolving. Increasingly we are being seen as mentoring business advisers rather than traditional number crunchers so having a personal relationship with you is very important to us. We’d love to hear from you, to see if we are the right team for your business.


HOLISTIC APPROACH: Please click here if you would like to read more about our approach to life. It includes our pledge to you, what you can hope to expect from us in terms of service and approach as well as our thoughts on healthy work/life balance, things you can do to help yourself achieve it and how we support the local community.

TIPS AND BUSINESS HACKS FROM TAP ACADEMY: With over forty years experience and up to date knowledge accrued by two generations of the same family, we feel we have a lot to offer owner in all types of businesses. So we’ve decided to pass on what we hope to be helpful tips and suggestions, free of charge, under the banner of TAP Academy (The Accountancy Practice Academy).

And to start this off we’re doing short and straight talking ‘Business Bites’ – two minute video clips which we hope will be of some benefit.

Click here to be transported to our Business Bites page!

John Froggett can be seen here explaining this on a little video and this is where you will be able to find subsequent videos we make for you.

And here’s the link to our Business Bites – which yes, John keeps calling a sound bite! – it’s here and it’s on Profit…and there’s others to enjoy too!

If you have any ideas for future content that you’d find helpful, please email



We find people fascinating, what motivates them to go the extra mile? (especially when it’s unpaid!!). So we’re delighted to announce that we’re starting a series of longer form video interviews, where we invite a Hertfordshire based champion of the community to have a chat with us, with an initial focus on the people from Royston area, not surprisingly! Our first video will be with our enthusiasic Mayor of Royston, Rob Inwood. A truly passionate champion of our town.



Please click here if you’d like to see our profile in press, radio, magazine, local TV as well as speaking events



If you’d like to find out more about our team and 20 plus year history, please click here.


We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to see if we’re the right accountancy practice for you. Sometimes it’s easier to talk about your business rather than email. And there’s absolutely no obligation. Please ring us now for a chat on 01763 257882 or if you prefer, get in contact here. Really hope to hear from you soon!



Delighted to be nominated for Best Family Business and Best Small Business,

thanks to everyone who voted for us!

How we help


No matter the size of your organisation, your accountant should be a vital part of the team. And like any team, you need trust, regular communication, and a strong relationship to achieve the best results. Whether this is face to face or online it’s up to you. Here’s an introduction to David and John!

Perhaps you are looking for an accountancy service to streamline your systems and make them simple to maintain and update? Or maybe you’re just starting a business and have heard that your accountant is the small business owner’s best friend? Perhaps you are looking for an efficient, accessible service where you can speak to someone about your specific needs or concerns, who doesn’t charge you by the minute for the privilege?

Our office is in Royston, Hertfordshire, so you are free to visit us here and also meet the team. Here’s a couple of little videos (from the south A10) and (from the north A10/A505) we created to help you find us and the best place to park- and reduce the stress of the unknown! We work with clients all over the country and provide a full range of accountancy services for forward thinking local and international businesses. We specialise in small businesses, whether sole traders, limited companies, freelancers and can help you with year end accounts, tax returns and computations, PAYE, VAT, payroll, CIS returns and bookkeeping, in addition to strategic advice and business planning.

There are two generations here to help you, with bang up to date training and qualifications. This means we have the old fashioned knowledge and personal service ethos underpinning our up to date systems, enabling you to be presenting your best business self to YOUR customers.

Click here to read more about us!

Click here to watch a little video where a few of us explain our roles and why our paths might cross.

Click here if you’d like to see two of our clients explain why they use us

We’d love to help.

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We are proud partners with XERO and have recently been elevated to GOLD partner status. We are delighted to be working with them to provide truly time saving and effective online solutions for our clients. XERO helps us work towards our goal of being paper free, and that goes for you, the client too, and we’ve seen over the last few years how their offer efficient and competitively priced cutting edge accountancy cloud based software is making life so much easier for our clients. They also enable us to provide free training in the systems for you, which are really user friendly and quick to pick up and they are always on hand for any support we might need. A real win/win situation.

And if you are already online with a different provider, migrating from one system to another couldn’t be easier. XERO have very efficient systems and support to make sure it all runs smoothly. In addition, in case joining us means you need to change accountants, once given permission, we can do all the liaison with your old accountant if that’s something which suits you/is needed.

Our online accounting system has been chosen so it can meet the needs of small business owners across the UK. This means you can do your accounts online and have access to your own portal where you can view, sign and send documents at any time.

XERO is the emerging global leader of online accounting software that connects small businesses to their advisors and other services. XERO provides business owners with real-time visibility of their financial position and performance in a way that’s simple, smart and secure.

For accountants, XERO forges a trusted relationship with clients through online collaboration and gives accountants the opportunity to extend their services.

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Family Values

Our family run firm focuses on helping start ups and small businesses and as one ourselves, we can empathise with your challenges and opportunities and provide support as and when needed. As you will see, we also pride ourselves on having a down to earth approach and taking into account the work life balance of our clients, as well as your tax position. This also extends to our team.
We have taken a lot of care to hand over the business in a managed fashion from one generation to the next and we were used as a case study in Accounting Web magazine. If you’re interested to see how we did it, please click here to read the feature.

Presenting a consistent and friendly face in the local community as well as to our clients means family values such as commitment, compassion and collaboration are top of our agenda, and our ‘family-ness’ provides support, flexibility and most importantly continuity for the business, for the family as well as our clients. We are also enthusiastic advocates for local networking group and here’s a clip of what it’s like to be part of Royston Business Network. If you’re local and interested do please get in touch.

We are proud to be the first Ambassadors for Home-Start Hertfordshire. 

We have sponsored a charity CD in aid of Home-Start Herts for which we raised £400 of much needed funds.

Here’s some information about the release thanks to the local paper

All money raised went to Home-Start Hertfordshire to help parents with children under ten years old, cope with the ever increasing stresses of bringing up a family.

We like to share our experiences of working with a family team and what we’ve learned along the way, here’s one of our articles in The Sticks Magazine 

We believe we have the highest number of family members of any local business in our area with seven of our ten strong team being family members! ‘When I started the business twenty years ago, with five children under ten, I had no idea that it would appeal to my sons David and Adam, and their other halves, who are taking the business forward. This has been a god send’

Inevitably succession planning has been a major consideration which has been carefully handled and executed. ‘My two sons have been taking their exams non stop since they joined a few years ago, David for example has just passed his 22nd exam – all passed first time- and we now have capacity for expansion. We have an unprecedented number of new clients joining us, particularly because David and Adam are appealing to the younger entrepreneurs and we can provide a broader range of services. This will ensure the future of the business and is exactly what we were hoping would happen when we sat down last year to plan the full integration of the next generation. This organic growth has now resulted in some exciting role changes. I am delighted to announce that I have moved into Chairman role and David has been made Managing Director’.

We are proud of our family focus and can often be heard referring to it over the airwaves! A recent visit to BBC Cambridgeshire found presenter Charlie Thompson exclaiming that he’d never met an accountant quite like John, ‘so full of life’! There’s never a dull moment in our monthly ‘work/life balance’ guest slots on Cambridge 105 radio and we also sponsor shows on North Herts Radio.  You can find links to these in the section  below this. We are working closely with Home-start Hertfordshire, a charity who also focus on ‘family’, in the wider community and expect to become an Ambassador for the charity in Hertfordshire.

John sums up ‘Our aim is to continue to spread altruistic family values into the wider business community and provide an holistic approach with seamless support for start ups and small business. Our ‘door always open’ policy encourages anyone who has a tax or accounts query to pop in without an appointment. We won’t judge you, no matter what state your accounts are in! We love a challenge.  And ultimately we are hoping that one day we will welcome the third generation into our team!’

Following our finalist position in Hertfordshire Business Awards for Best Family Business, we’ve been interviewed by Accounting Web UK  about succession planning and leadership training and also have written a two part feature for our local magazine The Listing on Working with your family.

If you’d like to read the first part, it’s here!

If you’d like to read the second part, it’s here!

Our Fees

Have you ever opened your emails and been slapped in the face with a huge accountancy bill you weren’t expecting? We provide a fee structure which offers peace of mind.

Flexible and Fair

We are pleased to announce that we have developed a new subscription pricing model.

Being unsure of how much professional services are going to cost you is the last thing you want right now. Cash flow planning is more essential than ever and reliable information is what you need.

Rumours abound about how accountants charge for their services and to be fair, there are different methods of charging, by the hour being the most common method historically. Which means that you might not get in touch for fear it’s going to hike up your bill. Which is the last thing you, or we, want for your business. So we’re launching something different.

We’ve decided to simplify it and make it completely transparent. This way you can plan what you need from us and know exactly how much it’s going to cost you, right from the start.

Starting in August 2020, we are offering a subscription service, with a regular monthly payment. It’s easy to cancel at any time or change the services we are providing for you. If things change for you, just give us a call.

With our fixed fee quoting this never needs to happen again. All fees once quoted are fixed and payable via a monthly Direct debit. Meaning you never have to worry about a large accountancy bill wreaking havoc with your cash-flow and we’ve also abandoned the stress inducing ‘bill by the hour’ approach. This means you have unlimited access to us all by phone, email or face to face visits if you need it and what’s more you’ll find we’re down to earth, straight talking, hard working people, just like you.

Our new more transparent pricing structure is a deliberate business policy as we feel you should benefit from your hard graft, not us.
And there’s nothing more satisfying for us to see you plough that money back into your business and watch it grow, or spend it on life’s little luxuries, which for many people is one of the reasons they started the business in the first place!


So let’s remove the mysticism and help you get your business to the next level with no nasty surprises.

Please call David on 01763 257882 to talk about what you services you need and we can tailor a quote for you to consider.
Or if you’d like to see which services we provide, please click here and see what services we offer and then give David a call or email on


About Us

Not your average bean counters that’s for sure! We are accountants not just because we love figures but because we also love people! Over the last forty years in business John has noticed that there’s recurring themes arising from his clients, and they don’t just relate to the ‘black and white’ financial aspect of their business.
In fact your figures are often just the tip of the iceberg, the ‘indicators’.

Here’s a little intro from John and David (if you’ve not already watched it) about our values.

David and his team want to support the whole of the business, especially the business owner, in achieving balance in three key areas : Wealth, Health and Harmony. So we thought you might be interested to know about the people who work for you, and not just what they do from 9-5…

Come and read more about us

What the papers say!

To read the story about The Accountancy Practice getting into the finals for the Hertfordshire Business Awards, please click here


To be able to read this rather splendid feature in the Royston Crow properly, please click here



Click here to see our TV and Radio exploits and read online and magazine features


Interviews and Features

Here’s some of the articles we’re delighted to have had published on external sites. Some are online and also in print. If you click on the image, you can read our take on a range of subjects which affect many small businesses and start ups. We hope you find them food for thought. Do get in touch if you’d like to discuss any of the content, we’d love to hear from you.


Please click here to listen to the podcast described above

If you would like to read the Embody double page spread, please click here to read the text document.

We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to see if we’re the right accountancy practice for you. Please ring us now for a chat on 01763 257882 or if you prefer, get in contact here. Really hope to hear from you soon!