Who we are, more about us

Specialists Accountants for the Security Industry

More about us; Whittaker & Co was set up by, ex-WRAC and Royal Signals, Anna Cooperwhite to be specialist accountants to the security industry.

The company grew out of necessity. Anna’s husband John, left the armed forces after an 18 year career, which included service in the Coldstream Guards, the Welsh Guards, 7 Parachute Regiment and in the Gurkha regiment in Brunei.

John started a career as a security contractor in Iraq, and quickly found that the role was well paid; however, none of his colleagues knew what their tax responsibilities were. Anna started to assist John’s colleagues in completing their tax returns, and Whittaker & Co was born!

Whilst John remained working in Iraq for 9 years, Whittaker & Co client base grew from strength to strength as did our reputation for no-nonsense advice and our great customer service. Steph Davies joined Anna to manage clients working abroad and assisting them in being tax free.

Since 2004, Whittaker & Co has now grown in to a team of tax advisors, accountants and account managers.

our team

Adam Parry
Adam Parry
Managing Director
Steph Davies
Steph Davies
Non-Res Director
Paula Jones (PT)
Paula Jones (PT)
UK-Limited Specialist
Lee Stephens
Lee Stephens
Account Manager
Claire Haddon
Claire Haddon
Maritime Accounts-Manager
James Davies
James Davies
Credit Control
Jen Cannell
Jen Cannell
Office Manager
Hana Williams
Hana Williams
Administration Assistant
Annette Allsopp
Annette Allsopp
Self-Employed Account
Jane Haddon
Jane Haddon
PA:Anna Cooperwhite
Suzie Parry
Suzie Parry
HR/Payroll Administrator

our advantages

Keep and Stay in contact

At Whittaker & Co we like to offer you a personal service and unlike other Accountants we like to remain in contact with our clients throughout the year to ensure there are no nasty surprises when dealing with the Taxman! As a result, we understand that it can be a daunting task when dealing with your own tax for the first time. Consequently, our specialists always try to provide our clients with the information they require in plain English.

Cut the jargon, keep it plain

Over many years we have learnt that HMRC are not the most straightforward in the information they provide. For example, the rules on Non-residency is 101 pages long! We aim to cut though the jargon and supply you with simple, honest advice. Therefore, you retain as much of the money you have worked hard to earn.

Personal Customer Service

We pride ourselves on understanding the needs of our clients. Within our team, we have vast experience of dealing with the frustrations and concerns common to all businesses and individuals. We all share a common enthusiasm to deliver a personal, high-quality service. And we all have individual niche areas of specialism and wide-ranging experience.
Our range of services and resources allow us to meet our clients’ needs quickly and efficiently, often exceeding expectations.

NOT NORMAL ACCOUNTANTS

Payroll Services –  We are able to assist our clients with a payroll service that includes the pay run, pension set up, tax code issues and dealing with HMRC directly; ensuring that you can concentrate on your businesses growth.

Foreign tax assistance – As many of our clients work in various locations around the world we have built experience in assisting clients with their tax affairs in these countries.

CSA – We have staff who can assist clients with ensuring they keep the Child Support Agency happy and we can provide support in contacting the CSA on your behalf.

 

why Choose Us

Customer Testimonials

TESTIMONIALS IN ALL AREAS OF THE BUSINESS WE ARE PROUD OF.

  • Non-Res Testimonial – Anon – June 2018 “I have been a member of the Whittaker group (off shore side) for 12 years since leaving the military and joining the Close Protection circuit. This has seen me travel the world with little time to organise my financial. Steph has been the one person I have 100% been able to rely on 24/7. She has helped me not only stay above board since day one but also helped in other financial situations such as direction when it came to buying a house. Without Steph and the company giving me direction, I would have struggled to concentrate at work with the worries day to day life brings. I cannot recommend the off shore (as well as the other branches the company offers) highly enough.
    I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you once more. May the years continue as they have! ”

 

  • Maritime Testimonial – Jez Brooker – June 2018 – “I have been with Whittaker&Co for 5 years now and they have not missed a beat.  The staff are always on hand to give expert and professional advice when requested.  Claire, who deals with the Maritime clients has been handling my accounts and has even come out to Muscat, Fujairah and Galle (Sri Lanka) to meet and advise Maritime Security members while out on deployment. 
    They offer a service I have not found in any other Accountancy.  I would strongly recommend them to anyone wanting to join the Maritime Industry.” June

 

  • Self-Employed Testimonial – Philip J. Carpenter MSc 08.06.2018 –  ”Whittaker & Co Accountants were recommended to me from a colleague back in 2013 as I was leaving the military and transitioning into my new career within the private security sector.  I have remained a loyal customer ever since both in a non-resident capacity and these past two years as a self-employed consultant. The service the team at Whittaker provide is second to none, the support they offer is expedient and highly professional.
    The team always go above and beyond and its been extremely comforting having them take care of my tax affairs. I would like to offer my sincere thanks for the excellent service they have provided me and would not hesitate in recommending this company when it comes to your personal accounting. In fact I wouldn’t go anywhere else!”