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By getting to know your business inside out, we can ensure that all of our accountancy and audit services are tailored to meet the specific needs of your business, giving you the assurance you need so that your business complies with statutory requirements and the support required to achieve your ambitions.

Nationally we are ranked highly in comparative lists of accountancy practices and have recently been shortlisted for the coveted ‘Audit Team of the Year’ award at the British Accountancy Awards.

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Our clients benefit not only from our reputation and depth of resource, but also from our substantial experience delivering auditing and assurance services.

Choose Duncan & Toplis as your trusted partner for assurance services.


Depending on the size of your business, or the form it takes such as a charity or academy, it may be required to have an audit.

With a dedicated team of highly skilled auditors that take a risk-based approach to fraud prevention, we can offer proactive advice and recommendations that address your business' key challenges whilst minimising disruption and offering transparency throughout.

We are committed to adding value to the audit process and have recently invested in enhanced data analytics software that provides our team with a detailed insight into any business and its processes. These findings can help business leaders to make better informed, more confident decisions.

If your business does not require a statutory audit then our ICAEW assurance service will provide reassurance that your accounts stand up to close scrutiny from your bank or other finance providers, providing credibility to your accounts by the issuing of an independent report.

Details about our audit registration can be viewed at www.auditregister.org.uk/, under reference number C003910696.

Corporate Finance

Whether you’re a large enterprise or owner-managed business, our advisers can provide specialist corporate advice on a range of corporate finance matters.

We are experienced in financial due diligence and transaction support to help make the buying and selling process as smooth and straightforward as possible, helping you to avoid and overcome any potential obstacles.

Our services range from assessing marketing conditions for optimum benefit, assisting with the buy-out process and financial due diligence to developing your acquisition strategy and raising finance.

We’ve also built strong relationships with leading corporate lawyers, financiers and banks so we can partner you with the best people in your area.

We know that it’s important that you can get on with running your business day to day, so we’re here to provide support and the best possible guidance for you and your business.

Due Diligence

Undertaking financial due diligence is an essential part of business best practice and is a universal necessity for all sectors.

A financial due diligence check undertaken by independent examiners can provide an in-depth understanding of the business and is particularly valuable in today’s challenging environment.

Whether you’re considering a management buy-in or buy-out, or are planning to expand your business, you need to know that your investment is sound and risk-free.

Our experienced auditors carry out in-depth investigations of businesses that assess any likely risks involved, the credibility of the owners and directors, financial health, future potential and the structure and management.

Due diligence investigations can range from a brief review to a detailed long-form report and can be tailored based on the size and nature of the parties involved.

Starting the process as early as possible, keeping to a checklist and understanding the regulations surrounding your organisation will have a positive impact on any future investigations, as will seeking expert advice from financial professionals.

Forensic accounting

When dealing with a financial dispute, you undoubtedly need prompt and professional advisers to take care of the situation and minimise the impact it has on you and your business. Our experienced team will work with you and any other parties involved to reach a swift conclusion.

Business and share valuations

We have considerable experience of using different business valuation methods appropriate to the type of business we are working with.

We also recognise that providing a valuation is usually meeting only part of a client's needs, so our valuation expertise is often linked with our other services including corporate finance and tax planning.

We can provide advice on values in sale or purchase transactions, business and share valuations and loss of earnings claims.

Expert witness reports

On occasion in the business world, disputes can arise. This can be anything from business partners or shareholders disagreeing, matrimonial matters or commercial claims.

These litigious situations can be stressful and we understand that clients who find themselves in this position require professional advice.

Working closely with solicitors we can provide assistance in relation to dispute resolution including matrimonial cases, meetings of experts and joint reports and single and joint expert reports under CPR and FPR Rules, including giving evidence in court.

Transaction services

Buying or selling a business can be a difficult, time consuming and distracting process. Any one transaction can take months to complete, provide a multitude of frustrations and divert focus away from day-to-day business management.

Whether you need advice on preparing a business for disposal, help in negotiating a sale/purchase price, identifying targets for acquisition, arranging finance or post-deal integration you will benefit from a collaborative approach driven by experienced professionals, no matter what size or nature of your business.

If you are thinking of selling your business or pursuing a business growth strategy by acquisition, then please be sure to contact us as early in the process as possible to give you the very best chance of maximising the benefit from any proposed transaction.

Access to finance

Whether you’re looking to buy new premises and equipment or to take on new employees, having suitable financial partners is paramount to success.

Our advisers work with you to identify the best financing and funding options for your business, book your free access to finance consultation today.

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