Client Testimonials  
 
We have been a client of Clive Owen LLP for some time now and their support and advice has been invaluable to us in growing our business, therefore when we were looking for a more innovative and accessible accounting package Clive Owen LLP were our first call for advice. With their knowledge of accounting and their modern approach to technology we were recommended Quickbooks as a solution to our needs. This has proved to be exactly what we needed and Quickbooks has literally changed our lives! It is easy to use and can be accessed anywhere and is so much more advanced than our previous accounting package which we found to be expensive and antiquated. It has therefore freed up valuable time and made our accounting processes very efficient. As a forward thinking technology company ourselves Clive Owen LLP knew exactly what our needs were and how best to fulfil them.

The team at Clive Owen LLP integrated our accounts in to Quickbooks from our old system and ensured it was fully accurate, which gave us huge peace of mind, they offered advice and support throughout the process and we were up and running in no time and I can’t praise them highly enough. Purchasing through Clive Owen LLP brought us lots of additional benefits on Quickbooks including a reduced monthly rate.


L Carter (FMAAT MBA), Durable Technologies Limited



Right from the start of our bid application the Clive Owen Team explained each step thoroughly and logically. They were completely transparent regarding our application and acted with great integrity in ensuring our grant met the criteria of the fund to which they were applying before committing to work on our behalf.

During the process itself they assisted us in ensuring that we provided the right information at the right time in a manner consistent with success. What would have been a very time consuming process for us which may not have achieved a successful outcome was made far simpler and effective using the excellent services offered by Clive Owen.

Our bid application was complex and required much work. Throughout, the Clive Owen Team worked hard on our behalf to set the conditions for success. A neccessarily complex and thorough process was made easy and painless by the team from Clive Owen. Not only would I have no hesitation in recommending them to others, I would also welcome the opportunity to work with them again. Clive Owen represent excellent value for money.


R Russell, Proton Partners International Ltd



Obtaining grant support in North Yorkshire is not easy, the area is considered "low priority", however grants are available and to help support a substantial investment in our pie factory we sought to apply for a 'Local Enterprise Partnership Business Grant'.

Having had previous applications turned down, on this occasion we enlisted the services of Clive Owen LLP and in particular their specialist partner Neville Baldry. Previously when we had applied without success, the failing in part was due to poor presentation, however in Neville we found a professional who knew his subject and made sure that we met all the criteria before the application was submitted, this is a key aspect.

Through the auspices of Clive Owen LLP Neville did extremely well, additionally the cost was very reasonable and whole process completed in less than three months.


J Gatenby, Vale of Mowbray



Chris, Gary, my fullest thanks for leading such a valuable session with our governors on Thursday. Not only did you provide an extremely well thought through oversight, particularly useful for those members not on the Finance & Premises Committee, but you also managed to focus on the particular circumstances of Park View since conversion in a highly effective manner. The Governing Body as a whole is now much clearer about our overall financial position, both the upside and potential pitfalls.


B Dennison OBE, Park View Academy, Chester-le-Street



We have worked with Clive Owen LLP during the school's first year of Academy status and have found the company to be a thoroughly professional organisation. As well as undertaking the yearend audit and responsible officer role, they have provided a number of training courses which we have found very useful. Of particular interest was the session on ‘Academy Finance’ where governors gain a better understanding of the issues we may face as an Academy – funding environment, VAT, gift aid, corporation tax and cash flow implications to name but a few.


A Robinson – Business Manager, Reid Street School, Darlington



Since appointing Clive Owen LLP we have been very impressed with the level of support provided, not only with the yearend audit and responsible officer roles, but also as a general sounding board. Chris Beaumont has attended a number of meetings where he has explained accounting and auditing matters in a refreshingly none jargon manner enabling Governors and Staff to fully understand the issues applicable to us. Given the complex nature of the Academies income streams, VAT was a particular concern, and whilst it has been an issue Chris’s colleague, Mary McArthur has helped guide us through this tax minefield, not only helping us complete the actual returns, but also aiding our understanding through onsite training.


M Regan - Principal, Carmel College, A Catholic Academy



This is my second year of using Clive Owen for tax advice. I'm an individual tax payer with no business requirements. However, I was very frustrated by my dealings with HMRC and in one year had received circa 10 incorrect PAYE coding notices.

I engaged Clive Owen LLP and met with senior tax manager Lee Watson. He swiftly dealt with the HMRC issues and submitted my tax assessment resulting in the correct tax code. I now leave any contact with HMRC to him.

Lee continues to provide me with tax advice and guidance. The service I have received throughout is highly professional, friendly, timely, individual and most of all effective.

Lee has now also referred me to other business professionals for financial/investment advice and these contacts have proved invaluable.

I have recommended Clive Owen to friends who also use Lee's services and I am delighted to do so in the future. A brilliant service. Thank you.


L Legg, personal client



I appointed Clive Owen LLP to assist us with our group tax affairs in 2014. Having previously only consulted with big 4 accountancy firms I was keen to find a partner that would give me the cost saving I wanted with the same quality of information.

Alan Moore and Lee Watson have surpassed my expectations and added value immediately to our business with some excellent tax efficient advice. Added to the improvement in service from face to face meetings I wish I had made the move earlier.


M Tyerman, Filtronic plc



I met Clive Owen 32 years ago at the time he started his business. He was handling my father’s accounts.

When I set up my own business three years later at the age of 19, it was natural that I asked Clive to become my accountant. Since then we have developed an extremely solid working relationship based upon clear communication, confidence and trust.

Our businesses have grown and developed together and we have supported each others changes and expansion. The reason I have stayed with the firm for this length of time is because of how well my business has been looked after and indeed my own private matters. The team at Clive Owen understand my business and how I like to work. They want to work hard and do a good job and this is reflected in the advice I receive. I can talk openly about any issues and I know I will get honest and clear suggestions on which to base my business decisions.

I enjoy working with the team and I have got to know the people at the firm and I can see how keen they are to help. Over the years I have built up a real friendship with Clive and his team and I am very comfortable with them.

I have no hesitation in recommending Clive Owen LLP to any business looking for all round, proactive advice.


B Maguire, Franks Factory Flooring and Maguire’s Country Parks



A highly professional, approachable, and friendly team. The expertise and support provided by Clive Owen LLP has enabled us to develop and progress our business.

Regular news and events, publicising the latest developments in this sector, keep us well informed which is vital in business to-day.


Mr & Mrs AP & EL Carter, Swaleview Caravan Park



We have worked with Clive Owen since May 2009 and have built a fantastic relationship with them. They are always reliable and consistent and they give us all the flexibility we need in any given month.

They are a one-stop shop for us: Management accounts, forecasting, VAT, PAYE with RTI management, grant funding assistance and even help with marketing!

They are also nice people; we cannot recommend Clive Owen enough!


K Napper, Cotswold Manufacturing



Without the assistance and commitment of Neville Baldry and his team at Clive Owen’s it is difficult to imagine that we would have been successful in our Regional Growth Fund application for our Tees Multimodal Bio-Freight Terminal. The complex nature of the project required a real understanding of our organisation and the challenges we would face in delivering this project over a 3 year period and I am delighted to say we are reaching its conclusion.

The construction of our Tees Riverside Intermodal Park (TRIP) terminal and the completion of our quay extension has delivered badly needed new port and rail infrastructure to Teesside. As a company we are now starting to feel the benefits of this investment, the biggest in the company’s 76 year history, and it is gratifying to see the regeneration of industrial land that had remained derelict for many decades. The completion of our new Automotive Coil Store will be the culmination of the project taking the company’s project investment to in excess of £10 Million.

The work undertaken by Clive Owen in helping to deliver grant funding for this project has enabled the directors of A V Dawson to balance the commercial risk and invest for the future with confidence.


J Young, AV Dawson



Red House Academy has been delighted by the help and support given to us by Clive Owen LLP. There are significant complexities involved in managing the launch of an academy and the advice and guidance we have been given by Clive Owen has been of immense benefit. As a firm they have considerable experience in dealing with academies and this is evident in the quality of service they have been able to provide to us.


P Callaghan, Chairman and Co-Sponsor, Red House Academy



Stephen A Sims (Cars) Limited is a Suzuki dealership based on McMullen Road in Darlington. I appointed Clive Owen & Co LLP in 2004 to undertake the audit and related corporation tax matters of the Stephen A Sims (Cars) Limited group (7 companies). Since that date they have assisted proactively with corporate and personal tax matters. In addition they have provided strategic direction on various matters including directors' loan accounts and shareholdings. I would be pleased to recommend Clive Owen LLP to other motor traders looking for professional proactive advice.


S A Sims, Stephen A Sims (Cars) Limited



Macmillan Academy have had a close working relationship with Chris Beaumont and his team for a number of years, and we have been delighted with the support we have received. The team’s proven track record in the field of Academy and Charity accounting has benefited us on numerous occasions. They are always on hand for assistance, and their advice in relation to the Charity SORP, Charities Act and VAT issues has been of particular assistance.


J McCallum, Deputy Principal at Macmillan Academy