Success Stories

Take a look at the success our clients have had over the years

Whether you’re unsure about compliance matters, worrying about looming bills, or striving to make your business more streamlined, there’s always something we can do to help.

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Outsourced payroll leads to less confusion and improved efficiencies

“Saint & Co have been taking care of our accounts for the past 16 years. We used to do our payroll in-house but then I went on maternity leave 10 years ago and Saint & Co took over the payroll for us.

On my return we thought about taking it back in-house again but the Payroll Team at Saint & Co were doing it so efficiently. Over the past few years there has been so much changing legislation relating to payroll issues together with the introduction of auto-enrolment and The People’s Pension.

Saint & Co advise us every step of the way, and make the whole process effortless. We just submit the timesheets of our staff on a Monday, and then all the payslips are ready to post out later that week. We never have to worry about how legislation will impact our payroll processes, we know Saint & Co will just deal with it and let us know what we need to do. They’re friendly and helpful and to be honest I just can’t praise them highly enough.

– Sally Bowman, RHM Cumbria Limited


Regular support helps secure grant applications

“Saint & Co staff have been very helpful in supporting ia2ps regarding the charities accounting and reporting responsibilities.

In particular, Jennifer McDairmant supported the securing of a funding application and also with OSCR is much appreciated”.

Simon Robertson (Chair),  Increased Access to Psychological Support (ia2ps)


Xero software helps demystify the accounting process for family business.

“We’re a family business and for the past 50 years we had been using a paper-based system to manage all of our accounts. It was unwieldy and it took up a significant amount of time. We tried to move to an Excel based system, but it didn’t improve things much.

Then Andrew at Saint & Co introduced us to Xero, the cloud-accounting system. I signed up for a trial, and spent around 8 months running Xero alongside our paper-based system before we went live.

We love it. It’s fast, efficient and intuitive to use. It saves us so much time. In fact, we have two businesses, and we now spend less time doing the accounts for both businesses than we used to spend on just one. In short, it demystifies the whole accounting process.

– Michael Webster, Ye Olde Friars


Academy audits helps Governors feel secure and in good hands.

“Saint & Co has been working with us since we became an Academy in 2011. At first, they took care of our external audits, but for the past couple of years they’ve taken on our internal audits too.

They are very experienced and knowledgeable about the way Academies work, and are always up to date with the latest regulatory changes. Our board of Governors feel very secure that we’re in good hands.

They’re also a pleasure to work with. When a team of people are spending lots of time in your office pouring through all your paperwork, it makes such a difference when they are friendly and genuinely nice people.”

– Joanne Hamer, School Business Manager, Dallam School



Advisory support helps secure hotel purchase.

“In 2008 we bought our first hotel the Lake District with the help of Saint & Co. They guided us through the entire purchasing process with excellent expertise.

Since then we have sold that hotel and purchased another Lakeland hotel with the assistance of Saint & Co. We are currently still using their services and will definitely continue to do so.”

– Hotel Owner, Ambleside


Understanding client’s business helps with securing funding.

“Saint & Co has been immensely helpful to us over the years. As well as preparing our management and annual accounts, they’ve been invaluable in helping us obtain the grant funding and bank finance in order to press ahead with our expansion projects. They understand our business and are friendly and approachable.

– Tony O’Pray, TIS Cumbria Limited


Tax planning saves corporation tax though R&D work.

“Saint & Co recently saved us a significant amount of corporation tax. Lindsay Farrer made us aware that work carried out in research & development could be offset against our tax liability.

Saint & Co are not just our accountants, they’re part of our team. They’re friendly, approachable, and really do a fantastic job.”

– Irene Carruthers, Millweld


Start-up helps entrepreneur feel confident in his future.

“I’m a new business so the whole area of accounting and tax was totally unfamiliar territory. Lindsay Farrer at Saint & Co patiently led me through the entire process of getting my first set of accounts completed.

I feel confident knowing that everything relating to tax is correct and done properly. It’s great to know I have friendly accountants looking out for me.”

– Ben Davidson



Tax advice helps farmer be more efficient.

“Helen Little from Saint & Co is a pleasure to work with. She takes the trouble to understand the details of my farm and offers excellent advice on how I can make things more tax efficient. They know their stuff and are always on the ball.”

– Messrs G & EA Harrison


Implementing Sage helps property business run smoothly.

“We decided to move our accounting systems over to Sage. This would have been a daunting and extremely time-consuming operation if it hadn’t been for Saint & Co. They came in to our office, set everything up,

moved all our data into the new system and got us up and running in no time.

So, all we had to do was start adding new information. It all works brilliantly. Everything Saint & Co do is excellent.

– David Hogarth, Cumbrian Properties


Audits can help identify and solve financial issues you may have.

“As part of our natural business growth, R H Irving Construction Ltd realised around 2013 that they would pass the threshold for audit, closely followed by sister company R H Irving Industrials Ltd, so sought appropriate firms to carry this out for us. We were new to the whole audit process and feeling like it was a bit of a double-edged sword. After all you want to know you are doing things correctly, but don’t relish someone ‘picking holes’ in your systems, so it was a daunting prospect. However, Stuart and the audit team have been a pleasure to work with over the years, providing a friendly and flexible audit service, offering support and guidance where appropriate, in a professional manner. We have also benefited from other services such as tax advice where the need arose and hope the positive business relationship with Saint & Co continues for the foreseeable future.”

– Angela Dodd, Financial Director, R H Irving Construction Ltd and R H Irving Industrials Ltd


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