Gulam Shaikh

Shaikh & Co, Chartered Certified Accountants

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March, 2023

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

i deal with accouny tants as part of my portfolio

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Shaikh & Co have always acted in the best interests of their several Clients and I have found them to be most helpful and efficient. David Miller TCIC

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

yes

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February, 2023

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

The usual....entering unknown territory !

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Gulam Shaikh is diligent and sincere, an essential ingredient in these difficult times. He has always been there for me and he has a great "Commercial Talent" - in my experience quite unique ! An essential talent in these current difficult economic times. Well done to Gulam, keep up the good work

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Of course.

What could they have done better?

Everything was grade A !

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February, 2023

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Setting up my company in 2015

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Shaikh & Co have been with us since we launched in 2015, and have provided a first class service with good advice at the right time. They were also extremely supportive during the pandemic and our thanks go out for that. Mark Stafford Director & Founder MGStafford Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

What could they have done better?

cant think of anything

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January, 2023

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Our accountants were undergoing some changes, and we needed a firm nearer to us. I had a personal recommendation for Gulam.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Every once in a while, someone comes along who really touches a nerve – someone whose message is right on! Gulam Shaikh is one of those rare individuals who has been there, done it…and tells the tale like no other. Where we would be without his guidance and wise advice throughout the pandemic, I do not know. Thanks to Gulam’s team, we are becoming fitter, leaner and more professional. John Sheffield Chairman & Founder RTW Skin Clinic Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, and better than expected.

What could they have done better?

Nothing really; the main thing was that they were there every step of the way. On more than one occasion, Gulam suggested something I had not heard or thought of.

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January, 2023

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Questions about self-assessment

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

I was finding the self-assessment tax return a challenge to complete for my residential letting property in UK. I needed some urgent guidance. I contacted Shaikh & Co. on the questions helpline on their website. They responded quickely and arranged an appointment with their tax manager on short notice. The meeting resolved all my questions. I highly recommend this professional company service. Bente Niker

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes ,it has been an excellent service.

What could they have done better?

N/A

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January, 2023

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

For the Company accountants.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Excellent Services to the Max. Ernest Dunlop Director ERND (UK) Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Sure yes.

What could they have done better?

Nothing to date.

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January, 2023

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

From Forming a company to my personal tax return

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Brilliant proactive tax planning. Worth every penny! Daniel Hunter-Evans Director Sussex Steel Construction Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, absolutely

What could they have done better?

Could not have asked for a better service

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January, 2023

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Based in Surrey

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

We required an account to help guide us to grow our business.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

The team at shaikh & Co assisted with the sale of our Lifts business to Otis, They were an invaluable source of support and advice both transactional and also taxation throughout the whole sale process, from pre-offer stage to completion and were a pleasure to work with and provided good commercial advice , were responsive and efficient in running the transaction, allowing us to continue focusing on running and increasing the value of our business, to achieve an excellent outcome. In fact Otis have appointed shaikh & Co to carry out 6 further audits of their other subsidiaries Jeffrey Nokes Managing Director Liftec Lifts Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, Gulhams team are very helpful and responsive.

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January, 2023

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Based in London

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Transferred from Italy back to UK and needed full support

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Shaikh & Co are more than just an accountant firm. The team provide a personal individual quality and go all out to make sure they stay ahead of the curve and that their customers can sleep well at night knowing everything is done to the highest standards. My whole family are utilising the Shaikh & Co service and we often recommend friends and contacts and could not recommend them enough. James G Hill CEO & Co-Founder Chefs For Foodies

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, 100%

What could they have done better?

Nothing actually

Gulam's reply

Thank you James for taking the time to write a review, we enjoy working with you and look forward to helping you and your team to achieve even greater success going forward with your innovative ideas and strategies always searching for better and profitable options and plans for continued expansion for the businesses you are involved in Gulam Shaikh, Senior Partner, Shaikh & Co, Chartered Accountants

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January, 2023

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Based in West Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

My wife had passed away in 2021 and I needed a great deal of help regarding probate, and then tax advice plus investment advice. the firm has also advised our local charity on setting up the charity (a village shop)

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

First class service. Professional understanding of difficult tax requirements. Very responsive and total attention to detail. The accountants involved turned around the necessary input very quickly. From a very satisfied client. Martin Lester

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Certainly. Most important was the speed of response to our questions and the clarity of the advice given.

What could they have done better?

I cannot honestly think of anything that could have been improved on.

Gulam's reply

Thank you Martin always a joy to work with you Gulam

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January, 2023

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

We all need an Accountant, I have known Gulam and his team for many many years

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

A very efficient firm of Accountants with many many years experience. Their staff are blessed with excellent manners and you can't beat that. I have dealt with Shaikh & Co for around 40 years. When I need help and sound advice, I look no further. Tom Lewin Managing Director LTW Systems Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Indeed, Yes.

What could they have done better?

Nothing that I can think of !

Gulam's reply

many thanks Tom for taking the time to give us a great review Kind regards Gulam

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January, 2023

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Based in London

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

I have set up a Limited company and therefore needed some help with the accounts and regulations.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Shaikh & Co were recommended to us a couple of years ago and we are so glad we gave our trust into their hands. They have been very helpful every step of the way, patiently explaining the whole process and everything we needed the advice about. They are always at hand when needed. The whole team is very friendly and professional at the same time. I would happily recommend their services to anyone looking for a good accountancy firm. Thank you. Marek Kabot Director Miadel Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, definitely.

Gulam's reply

Thank you Marek for taking the time to give us a great testimonial, we all enjoy working with you, Lucia and the team Gulam Shaikh, Senior Partner, Shaikh & Co , Chartered Accountants

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January, 2023

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Based in London

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Setting up my own business, preparation of company accounts and HMRC reporting

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Shaikh & Co provide an excellent service, helping with both the routine matters such as form filling, returns and meeting filing deadlines, and with providing strategic and developmental advice. In my experience they have identified the areas where they can add value and helped greatly. An additional bonus has been our ability to always reach one of their team, even at short notice, who is able to get up to speed with our portfolio and deal with the issues at hand Kofi Owusu Director

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes in the sense that I'm free to focus on the business and leave the legal accounting requirements including reporting and meeting deadlines to Shaikh &Co.

What could they have done better?

Nothing that I'm aware off. Technical service as well as advice has been excellent

Gulam's reply

Hi Kofi thank you for taking the time and giving us a great review, it is always a joy to work with you and learn about all the new technology you are working on Gulam

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January, 2023

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

We have started our limited company and needed support

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

We have used Shaikh & Co since we open our healthcare service, 2018 and with their professional and knowledgeable service always guided us in the correct direction Patricia Napier Director Patricia Napier Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Clearly Gulam's team try their best to keep their clients happy. they are very professional

Gulam's reply

Hi Patricia, thank you for a great review Gulam Shaikh, Senior Partner, Shaikh & Co , Chartered Accountants

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January, 2023

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

We were setting up a new company and were in need of an accountant.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

We have used Shaikh and Co as our Accountants for well over ten years now. They have always been incredibly professional and reliable. We would highly recommend them for anyone looking for an accountant. Richard Easton Easton Electrical Co ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Shaikh and Co have delivered all that we asked of them, we couldn't be happier.

Gulam's reply

Dear Richard, thank you for a great review Gulam Shaikh, Senior Partner, Shaikh & Co , Chartered Accountants

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January, 2023

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

We needed our accounts done in the most efficient way possible

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Excellent and efficent service - highly reccomend for small businesses who need their finances in top shape! Rory Niblock-Stuart Director Igaming future Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, everything promised has been delivered

Gulam's reply

Thank you Rory for taking the time from your busy schedule to write a review, we love and admire the creative nature of the business you and your team carry out and we all look forward to our continued association for many years to come and assist you with your continued success you all rightly deserve Gulam Shaikh , Senior Partner, Shaikh & Co, Chartered Accountants

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January, 2023

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Based in Surrey

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

I set up my first business in 1989 and sought Gulam's help then with company formation, equity structure, bookkeeping and auditing and I have worked with him since then in every venture I have been involved with and, on the back of this, have been very happy to recommend him to a number of other organisations and individuals that I work with for many years.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Gulam and his team have provided me with first class accounting and tax advice around setting up and managing UK companies as well as the UK subsidiaries of Irish and French businesses that I have been involved with. He has been my go to accountant for more than 30 years on all areas of corporate and personal finance. William Parker CEO Parker Management Consultants Limited

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Very much so. I usually have a specific set of compliance or strategic objectives that I need help with and he and the team at Shaikh & Co invariably get the job done in a timely and cost effective way.

What could they have done better?

Nothing. I am very happy with the service I receive from them.

Gulam's reply

Hi Will How time flyes, its always been pleasure working with you and your partners in different jurisdictions Gulam

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January, 2023

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Based in Cornwall

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Realised that our large corporate accountancy practice was lacklustre

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

My company and I have been with Shaikh & Co for many years now and they have seen us through thick and thin. Their strategic know how has been truly immense and the ability to help us steer a course through some trying times as well as plan during the good times has been everything I hoped for. Andrew Kellard CEO & Founder Andrew Kellard Associates Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes and at all times

What could they have done better?

Communication has been improved with changes in personnel

Gulam's reply

hello Andrew always a pleasure to work with you, with your numerous dynamic technology platforms always trying to make life easy and efficient for all involved Gulam

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January, 2023

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Based in Surrey

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

I was starting my own business having been involved in corporate companies for the previous 25 years in senior management roles

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Shaikh & Co were recommended to me by a business colleague over 7 years ago when I started my business. Having been actively involved with business throughout my career, I was looking for an accountant that had a full understanding of my new business venture. From my first meeting, I was extremely pleased with the team at Shaikh & Co who immediately understood my position of starting a business and guided me through step-by-step the process of what was required. Starting any business always has ups and down but with the professional guidance of Shaikh & Co, I always felt at ease that everything was being done the right way of managing my invoices / accounts etc, so I could concentrate on developing and growing my business year-on-year. As I enter my new financial year, I am always encouraged by the fact that I have Shaikh & Co with me every step of the way. They are always on hand to answer any questions I have and help me develop my business not just on UK activity but further afield in trading with European companies. I remain highly impressed with Shaikh & Co and would most definitely recommend them to any business, long standing or starting up as I have no doubt you will be as impressed as I am. I particularly welcome the monthly reporting that Shaikh Financing send out to Clients with upto date information and points that impact on our business activity through new Government Legislation. Nick Mabbutt Managing Director NPM Packaging Consultants Limited

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

I have full trust in Shaikh Financing and the team. Of who I speak to, I always have the right advice given.

What could they have done better?

Absolutely nothing - they are a highly Professional Accountancy Firm

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January, 2023

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Based in Carmarthenshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

As a limited company I needed some help with matters best handled by professionals and Shaikh and Co are certainly professional, providing advice and direction at every stage of my company development.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

I have always been given great advice and direction on all business matters from Shaikh and Co. Really approachable and proactive in assisting in all aspects of financial management of my business. I could not recommend the team highly enough. Thank you. David Hunter Director & Owner Torpido South Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes and more.

What could they have done better?

Nothing could be done better and their communication is first class. The business letter is also great reading!

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January, 2023

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

When i started the business over 23 years ago I needed good solid advice which I found with Shaikh & Co and have never wnated or needed to move.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

I have been working with Shaikh & Co for over 20 years, they have advised me on my business and personal finances giving very sound and professional advise. They have always been available at the end of a phone to give reassurance which is invaluable. Andrew Saunders Founder & CEO Halcyon Print Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, definately help me with all the challenges of running a business

What could they have done better?

Nothing

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January, 2023

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

We had outgrown our previous accountant and needed a bigger firm. Shaikh & Co came well recommended by a customer of ours.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Shaikh & Co have been Gilray Plant's company accountants for over 12 years. Gulam and his team (Colin and Steve in particular) are great to deal with - efficient, effective and not over-pricey! We can thoroughly recommend their firm. Sarah Wilson Director Gilray Plant Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

Gulam's reply

Dear Sarah, thank you for a lovely review we all enjoy working with yourself, Ralph and the team , helping going forward in your quest to continually ensure that Gilray plant ltd and Gilray plant hire Ltd continue to be a great business partner to all its customer, Also congratulations for qualifying for inclusion in The Business Magazine, the inaugural Surrey Kent Sussex SME Growth 100 – a listing that recognises and promotes the region’s high-growth small and medium-sized enterprises and is ranked by year-on-year growth. Gulam Shaikh, Senior Partner, Shaikh & Co , Chartered Accountants

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January, 2023

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Based in Surrey

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Corporation Tax and Personal Tax advice

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Mantra Interiors Ltd has been with Shaikh for the past three years. After very careful consideration, the company assigned Shaikh & Co with all the day to day business accounting and for working end of year tax accounting. We have been delighted with all elements of services provided and would recommend consultation with Gulam Shaikh if you are looking for an accountancy firm that cares. Chris Davies Director mantra Interiors Ltd

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

yes

What could they have done better?

satisfied

Gulam's reply

Thank you Chris for taking the time to write a review, we enjoy working with you and look forward to helping you to achieve even greater success going forward implementing your plans and strategy you have meticulously laid out for the future of the business Gulam Shaikh , Senior Partner, Shaikh & Co, Chartered Accountants

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January, 2023

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

He has always been the best

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

st class accountants. Very helpful and have saved me thousand of pounds over the last 15 years. Would definitely recommend them to a friend! Matt Knowles John Knowles Builders Ltd.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Absolutely

Gulam's reply

Thank you both John and Matt for this great review , it has always been a pleasure working with you both and we all look forward to our continued corroboration going forward and ensuring all our clients are always ahead of the game and we have their back covered in a very competitive environment Gulam Shaikh , Senior Partner, Shaikh & Co, Chartered Accountants

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January, 2023

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Based in London

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Setting up our business

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

We have used Shaikh and Co since we started our business three years ago. The company has provided us with excellent accountancy services in a friendly and extremely responsive manner over that time. Always happy to help on issues large and small, we view Shaikh and Co as an essential partner as we continue to grow our business.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Absolutely.

Gulam's reply

Thank you ED for taking the time to write a review, you guys have performed miracles from the onset of setup and consistently outperformed the competition, also amassing a phenomenal amount of funds including sovereign funds under the management in such a short period of time ,it just goes to show how well the company and its management is respected in the investment circles.. We hope 2023 will bring even bigger dividends for all involved and associated with Kernow Asset management Gulam Shaikh , Senior Partner, Shaikh & Co , Chartered Accountants

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

December, 2022

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Gulam himself was pleasant and helpful in our meeting. Unfortunatly, he must carry the weight of his staff, hence the 1 star. After keeping me hanging and letting me travel up for a meeting... yesterday, an hour after they closed for xmas, I received an email response to my request that we proceed with my account. Steve Brown of Shaikh Accounting simply cut me loose. I had had the audacity to ask that my account be dealt with as over the previous 6wks he had missed two telephone appts and had not responded to 3 phone messages and two emails. Obviously in business time is money. I now have to wait an additional 2 weeks for the new year before I can begin even looking for a new accounts firm. I have lost property purchases with the delay in forming my account. I waited as I liked this firm and all I had read. But my time was not respected and to unceremoniously dump someone who SHOOK HANDS with you on going forward together. Well, Im past shocked at the behaviour. Steve had even taken my ID, so there is no doubts that we were going forward. So I have realised that, at least in sofar as Steve Brown is concerned, he must not be questioned, and can welch on agreements as and when he feels like it... with a good disrespectful wasting of my time thrown in to add insult to injury. So to surmise, yes, Mr Shaikh was great, but as a company they can not be trusted. My needs were clearly explained before we shook hands and my ID was taken, so the suggestion that the reason for not taking my account being that there was not the time for my complicated needs was clearly just ego speak for "dont question me". So very dissapointed. On the bright side, at least now I know I just want one umbrella company as Mr. Shaikh had suggested, as I do feel his advice and knowledge was sound. Just his colleague's behaviour lets them down. If you can't trust a man's word and handshake then there's not really anything left is there. Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but I'll put this down to a lucky escape.

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

September, 2020

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HE was not interested at all and kept telling me there are accountants closer to Brighton and I should use them One of the worst I have ever spoke to over the phone. Not a professional person at all.

Gulam's reply

tried to explain to him we could not help him at the price he wanted to pay.

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May, 2020

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Courteous and prompt follow-up call, just a little pricey for my needs.

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March, 2020

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Very clear and helpful, many thanks Gulam

Gulam's reply

Dear Jon It was very good to meet yourself and Oliver and I and my colleagues were all all delighted to hear about your future plans and are ready and looking forward to working with you both. Kind regards Gulam, Steve, Alasdair

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March, 2020

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A very useful chat, showing I did not need his services, but his openness and frankness were very reassuring.

Gulam's reply

Dear Mark Thank you very much for taking the time for a feedback, should the need arise in the future i would be delighted to work with you. Kind regards Gulam

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March, 2020

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I am due to meet him in April

Gulam's reply

Dear Emma i hope all is well and thank you for taking the time for the feedback, i would be delighted to help again should the need arise. All the best Gulam

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August, 2019

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Pension drawdown vs tax benefits

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Excellent advice in an approachable manner

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

What could they have done better?

I am satisfied

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January, 2017

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Due to the size of my business.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Very helpful for every aspect.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes I have.

What could they have done better?

Nothing at mind.

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January, 2017

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

First time setting up a business. Shaikh & Co were recommended as a resource for advice and we met to discuss the services suitable for my circumstance.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

By providing first class advice and tailoring services to meet my needs in order to keep the initial budget down.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Initial outcome has be above and beyond what I hoped for, we still have a long way to go but based on previous experience I have no worries moving forward.

What could they have done better?

Shaikh & Co have been spot on to date.

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November, 2016

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

I was unhappy with my last accountant.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Gulam set up my limited company and has helped me with all aspects of my financial management.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes.

What could they have done better?

Nothing.

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June, 2016

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Outgrew previous company.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Made everything easily understandable, and understood our needs.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

We have become a better company, through having a better accounting service.

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June, 2016

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Based in Cornwall

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Poor treatment of our company by a large national group.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

He took and still does take a personal interest in both the company and me. Most importantly he understands business better than most businessmen I have met and allies that knowledge with an acute sense of what is required on an accountancy and tax reporting level.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Many times hence why our relationship has been long and always key to our business.

What could they have done better?

Communication has been 'thin' in the last year or so due to personell changes within both our organisations but we both know that the principals can shortcut this within minutes at any time.

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May, 2016

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

I provide independent advice on asset based lending.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

We work together in the interests of his clients. We have many success stories.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Absolutely.

What could they have done better?

Due to staff Illness service suffered slightly but was shored up as soon feasibly possible.

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March, 2016

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

dissatisfied with previous account.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

advise and reorganisation.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

yes.

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March, 2016

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

help needed in dealing with HMRC as a self employed person , then changing to being employed , and handling the changeover .

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

explained and handled an appeal with HMRC.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

The service supplied was excellent and dealt with the issues I was facing.

What could they have done better?

The service provided was excellent

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March, 2016

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

When the business was founded we had need for an account and Shaikh & Co came highly recommended.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Shaikh & Co have supported the business for 17 years providing expert advice on tax, company legal obligations and personal taxation.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Shaikh & Co have always delivered the outcome the business has been looking for.

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March, 2016

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Based in Devon

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Required a pro active accountant that provided clear, concise help with all accounting within our business.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Gulham has provided us with regular updates in an understandable way , with regular discussions, all staff at Shaikh and Co are approachable and friendly whenever we ring.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes so far the service we have received has exceeded or expectations.

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March, 2016

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Our previous accountants made promises they didn't keep and Gulam kept to his promises from the first day.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Gulam made me feel in control again of my businesses and turned us into a more organised, professional business.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Without a doubt, it was the best move I could of made. Fantastic service and advice.

What could they have done better?

At present I am happy with everything Gulam is doing for me.

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March, 2016

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

I was dissatified with my previous accountants.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Gulam gave precise and accurate information and has help with the company running in a more efficient manner.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes.

What could they have done better?

I have been more than satisfied with Shaikh & Co

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March, 2016

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Based in Surrey

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Shaikh and Co were recommended to us by a colleague due to expansion of our business.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Shaikh & Co have been proactive from the start and provided us with relevant advise throughout the last 3 years which has been absolutely essential .

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Shaikh & Co came up trumps, we are absolutely delighted with the help and input they provided. Ours is a specialised industry and their knowledge of the industry continues to be invaluable as the business grows.

What could they have done better?

We readily recommend Shaikh & Co to our friends and colleagues in business so they can benefit in the way we have.

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March, 2016

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

I needed guidance and support was very important. I also don't have time to do it all.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

With my accounts and business tax return.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

My accounts have been bound successfully. Very happy.

What could they have done better?

Occasionally emails come through to all clients that may not apply to me personally. This can at times be a little confusing. Other than that - very happy.

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March, 2016

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Starting a business.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Start up the business and advise on structure.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Very much so.

What could they have done better?

Nothing I can think of

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February, 2016

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Based in Outside UK

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Geschäftliche Aktivitäten in UK.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Wir sind seit 5 Jahren Kunden der Shaik & Co und mehr als nur zufrieden. Gulam Shaik und Colin Nightingale stehen jederzeit persönlich für ausführliche Beratungsgespräche zur Verfügung und verfügen über excellente Kontakte in die britische Geschäftswelt. Thanks a lot´ Translation of Diana’s review: We have been a customer of Shaikh & Co for 5 years and are more than satisfied. Gulam Shaikh and Colin Nightingale are available personally at any time for detailed consultations and have excellent contacts in the British business world. Thanks a lot. Diana & Garry Burns - Beratung | Planung | Verkauf GRIFFNER Musterhaus . Eigenheimausstellung . Xaver-Fuhr-Str. 111/Haus 13 . 68163 Mannheim.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Aktuell sind wir nicht mehr auf dem UK Markt vertreten bzw aktiv.

What could they have done better?

alles ok

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February, 2016

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Business start up.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Helped with business start up and with most matters financial over the years.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes.

What could they have done better?

No issues

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February, 2016

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

The requirements of running a growing business.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Gulam has seen us through 20 years of business, guiding us through expansion, growth and restructures and competently dealing with our ever changing needs.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

All outcomes were perfectly satisfactory.

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February, 2016

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Based in London

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

I had been back and forth to a series of accountants for years with little satisfaction with what i was paying for.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Gulam and his team sat me down on day one and described in terms I could understand exactly what I could expect from him in terms dealing with the everyday Tax side of the business.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Absolutely. I have been with Gulam since 2002 and he has consistently provided me with a fantastic service and advice beyond what I pay for.

What could they have done better?

Nothing....

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February, 2016

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Recommended.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

All aspects were well explained.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes I did.

What could they have done better?

To date no aspect to be feedback.

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February, 2016

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Based in Lanarkshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

When the company was formed 30 years ago we needed a firm of accountants to handle our financial compliance obligations.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Gulam Shaikh set up and registered the company and put in place the accounting procedures which we have maintained since the onset.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

We are very happy with the service we receive from Shaikh & Co.

What could they have done better?

We already receive a first class service

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February, 2016

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

I was searching an Accountant to help me to Business Funding.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Business Funding. Create the bank accounts and asist us with business taxes.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, I got the service I needed with the best quality.

What could they have done better?

None. Everithing was ok with Mr. Gulam Shaikh.

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February, 2016

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Based in Surrey

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

We required high level accountancy services, with focused personal attention from Partner level practitioners but not at City prices.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Gulam and his team understood our requirements quickly and put together a program for us which entirely met both our accounting and taxation requirements.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes.

What could they have done better?

Nothing I can think of. We have been very happy with Shaikh & Co's service

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February, 2016

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Based in Somerset

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

I needed someone to help me fully in starting up a new company from scratch.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Gulam understood exactly what I needed and had some excellent advice on important matters!.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

100% yes.

What could they have done better?

Everything from my point of view has so far been handled exceptionally well

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February, 2016

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Based in West Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Requirement for personal taxation.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Took care of all my needs so not to worry.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, excellent service.

What could they have done better?

Nothing

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February, 2016

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Running two, sometimes three Limited Companies is impossible without an accountant.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

He is sensible and has two feet firmly planted on the ground. He gives sound advice.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

The situation is still on-going, but the prospects are excellent.

What could they have done better?

A lift to the first floor would be useful.

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February, 2016

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

To keep clear understanding of the number jargon everyone is afraid to look, Gulan help us clarify all our doubts and fears, making then simple for us to understand and work with.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Like the previous paragraph, Gulam simplified and resolved all our problems. The most important thing was forming our companies and the help us to deal with them.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes indeed, we have saved so far an enormous amount of time and also some money too, and all of it because we had the right advice with Gulam.

What could they have done better?

Nothing at all in this case because Gulam has been on the other side of the phone and in person whenever i have needed him to help. He has personally communicated in our behalf with the revenue and gone beyond his duty to resolve any issues we had have.

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February, 2016

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Based in West Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

My friend's recommandations.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

He Helped me to understand how to run the business from numbers.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes.I was very impressed with service and help from Gulam Shaikh.

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February, 2016

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

We had an unsatisfactory accountant and Gullum Shaikh had just started business and with the good reports we heard about his work we decided to transfer to Shaikh & Co.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

We have worked with Gulam's Company Shaikh & Co since the late 1980’s. In that time the business has gone through various stages of changes and growth. We sold properties for development and moved to new sites. We also purchased and invested in an aircraft precision manufacturing business that was supplying the likes of BAE and associated industries throughout a period of almost 15 years. Gulam and his team at Shaikh Co were at our side guiding us through maze of Tax including Company Law, Shareholder structure, Capital gains, Rollover reliefs etc. What sets Shaikh and Co above other accountants is their ability to advise the best way to go about things without you having to prompt them. This coupled with their mass of knowledge in so many different areas puts them way ahead of the others. The advice they have given us over the years has ensured that we have been looked after in the best way possible. Gulam and his team are friendly, easy to talk to and have a deep level of understanding of our business. They are good people to have on your side and we cannot recommend them highly enough to any business wishing to get to the top of the success ladder without having to experiment with numerous Accountants. John Miles & Joan Stone Directors FRM Supplies Ltd.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

The outcome has been excellent over the years and a wise decision on our part.

What could they have done better?

Nothing as we have always had a very excellent service from them

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February, 2016

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Based in London

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Needed accounts prepared at short notice.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Accounts prepared and tax advice.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Our company was introduced to Shaikh & Co four years ago when going through a difficult patch. In addition to Book-keeping, Accounts, Salaries, PAYE and Tax Planning, all of which Shaikh & Co offer, we were looking for a firm that was approachable, sympathetic to our needs and with a diverse client base. Shaikh & Co's technical expertise was evident from the beginning resulting in an increase in efficiency and time saving in our finance and accounting business area. Their undertaking of tasks, preparatory work and anticipation of deadlines takes away pressure from our staff leaving them time to manage the business. In addition to this Shaikh & Co have been extremely responsive to our needs, dealing with request at short notice and always making a qualified member of staff available. The Shaikh & Co newsletter is an invaluable source of information and advice covering current issues, trends and explaining the implications of legislation. I would recommend Shaikh & Co to any company seeking professional accountancy services from practitioners that are methodological and happy to go out of their way to meet their clients needs.

What could they have done better?

All our requirements were met and exceeded. We have retained Shaikh & Co.

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February, 2016

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Based in London

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Audit and Preparation of Accounts.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Audit, Accouns, Negotiation with Inland Revenue.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes.

What could they have done better?

Nothing. All was as hoped for and expected

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February, 2016

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

I wasn't happy with my previous accountant, a friend of mine put my in touch with Gulam Shaikh.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Gulam understood my company and situation and explained everything in a way which I could understand which has moved myself and my business forward in a positive way.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

It is early days yet, as it has only been a few months since dealing with Gulam, but I have already started to see the benefits.

What could they have done better?

N/A

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February, 2016

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Had a opportunity to set up a new Ltd and needed good advice.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

His advice was clear and explained in a way I understood, it was a big step for me and I need to feel I was being backed and advised by a firm with a good track record.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, my business is fast growing and regular meetings have helped me to keep on top of all aspects as well as only being a phone call away.

What could they have done better?

Perhaps use of webinars when I am traveling, small request and they are looking into it.

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February, 2016

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

I act as company secretary to several companies and required the services of Gulam Shaikh to advise on audit and employment taxes.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

I provide company secretarial services to both local and London based companies. When required, I have been pleased to recommend Gulam Shaikh at Shaikh & Co to provide clients with audit and taxation services. In my experience the firm gives a prompt and highly professional response to clients' needs. Hugh Atwood, Tunbridge Wells.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes.

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February, 2016

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Based in East Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

Every Company need an Accountant, Ive known Gulam for nearlyr thirty years and hes always looked after me and my Company.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

I was introduced to Gulam by a mutual business associate over two decades ago, at that time I was running a successful International Construction Company and we were using the services of a large national accounting firm. I realised straight away that his approach was completely different to the accountants I had used before in that he saw things as a business Entrepreneur would, rather than merely a number cruncher, and understood exactly the mind-set of a successful business person. I was extremely impressed with his knowledge of different markets and accessibility to these. Since appointing Shaikh & Co I am happy to say we have never looked back as, during the years, and at various stages of growth, they have advised us on the best structures to employ to ensure the smooth running of the business including ideas that our old Accountants hadn't suggested. They took care of the Foreign Tax issues and Investments, including advice on Joint Ventures with foreign partners, and also advised on Duty and Cross-border VAT, resulting in a win/win for all the partners. Throughout this period I have entrusted my company and personal accounts to Shaikh & Co. I have always been impressed by Gulam's commercial acumen and Shaikh & Co have given us strong financial input to guide our business strategy. I have found them to be courteous, helpful and above all friendly. It is without hesitation that I do actually recommend this company to anyone that has accounting needs which Gulam appreciates very much. Several foreign companies as well as businesses local to Tunbridge Wells have taken up my recommendation - they too have found Shaikh & Co are not only reliable, efficient and great value for money - they provide sound business advice. David Jukes, Council Leader, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Always.

What could they have done better?

Worked for Free!

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February, 2016

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

To replace a poor performing accountant and I needed a professional who works for me.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

I first engaged Shaikh & Co. as my accountants over 4 years ago, after a disastrous working relationship with my previous accountant. I consider that Gulam and his colleagues are now part of my team as quite simply they took all the stress out of running my business financial affairs. After a complete review of the business, and a look at ways Shaikh & Co. can help me, we have only looked forward. From the outset I have received access to free professional advice either at meetings or via the telephone. The website is very helpful and easy to get around and the monthly newsletter is full of useful tips and advice. I can also commend the financing function of the practice as Gulam has a very innovative approach to arranging finance for various industries. Moving my financial affairs to Shaikh & Co was probably one of the best decisions I have taken. The whole team is professional, efficient, friendly and helpful. Simon Bannister, Managing Director, Invicta Safety & Health Ltd.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Quite simply yes. They have taken the stress out of running my business and If I have a question they always have an answer.

What could they have done better?

When I find out I will let you know. To date I have not had to question what I am advised or what the outcome of their advice has been.

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February, 2016

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Based in Devon

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an accountant?

The need to have a dynamic team of accountancy specialists under one roof.

How has Gulam Shaikh helped you?

Shaikh @ Co, much more than your “every day” accountants…. Last year, after being introduced to them, we took the commercial decision to evaluate the service provided by our current accountancy firm and whether we were getting true value and directional advice. Having dealt with our previous accountants for over 25 years it was not an easy decision to make the move, but has turned out to be the best commercial decision for our company. In the last year, Shaikh @ Co have assisted us with a level of support and sound advice that can only be measured as pure value for money. We enjoy their team of specialist advisers that are experts in their own right and combined, give us the “a” team…. As a company that needs almost constant communication with our accountants, we are now in a business partnership that delivers a constant supply of accurate and informative information of pure gold. They surpassed our expectations tenfold. Mark Goold managing Director Barum Auto Parts Ltd.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Passed our expectations tenfold.

What could they have done better?

At this stage of not having an issue, i can not think of a negative criticism that needs addressing.

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February, 2016

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