Just like when selecting your partners, suppliers and workforce, choosing the right accountant to handle your business finances should be a thorough process in order to find a firm that is going to work with and support your business so that it can thrive and grow.

Our Chartered Certified Accountants create the ideal partnership for your Colchester-based business. Why?

We understand business

Our team has been working alongside growing businesses and helped them reach that next level of growth. As well as our financial services, we offer practical and up-to-date advice for start-ups, guide small business growth and provide business coaching too. We’ll not only make your accounting simpler by running your finances for you, we aim to make a real difference to your business. Your growth is our passion.

We don’t just tick boxes

We don’t settle at the basics. Our accounting services are about more than just doing what is legally required. We provide ongoing insight into the performance and health of your business, through management accounts and quarterly meetings, so you can plan for the future and keep growing.

We communicate jargon-free

A successful partnership thrives on mutual understanding, so we communicate in a way that facilitates this. Just like our fees, we want our processes and advice to be completely transparent, but of course maintaining strict confidentiality. Our aim is to alleviate the stress of your accounts, and removing overcomplicated terminology allows this to happen.

Our clients say so:

Throughout the years we’ve helped many businesses reach their next stage of growth and improve their finance function. Our clients have left us some lovely reviews so you don’t just need to take our word for it.

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Increasing Competition

With Colchester being one of the fastest-growing towns in the East of England there’s lots of competition between businesses to attract new clients and expand into new areas. Our accountants can give your business a competitive advantage by increasing your profits, reducing your tax liabilities and streamlining your company accounts. We don’t just do the numbers, we’ll come to you with proactive advice on how to improve your business financials.


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Wide Range Of Industries & Sectors

As Colchester continues to grow and businesses establish themselves in the area, you need an accountant that knows your industry like the back of their hand. Here at Steven Burton & Co, our chartered accountants have gained years of experience working with a range of different sectors from their current and previous roles which allows them to make an impact from day one.

We also know the increased growth in and around the Colchester area has presented opportunities for the construction industry. As a specialist in construction accounting with over 20 years of experience, we can help you manage contractors, the multiple projects you work on, irregular contracts and fluctuating overheads.

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See How We Can Help

Find out how we can support Colchester based businesses improve their finances and increase profit margins

Working With Business, Big & Small

Colchester is home to businesses in all stages of their growth. We work with startups based in business incubators across the town offering straightforward, practical advice on how to set up your business for success. As a startup, you’re usually running everything yourself from accounting to sales to marketing. We can look after your company accounts, bookkeeping, tax & vat and take that stress off your shoulders so you can focus on what you do best, without worrying about a letter from HMRC. We’re here to support you with putting together clear business plans and budgets to significantly increase your business success both now and in the future.

When it comes to SMEs you’ve set up your business and things are going well but now it’s time to grow to the next stage. This could be expanding the products and services you offer or taking on more staff. With business growth comes a new set of accounting challenges. We can support you with payroll for your new staff, cashflow forecasting, cost-cutting and increasing profitability.
Large, well-established businesses have a different set of challenges when it comes to running and managing accounts. With more staff comes increased payroll requirements, contractors’ tax status now needs to be decided by the employer (IR35) and with the range of changes around COIVD, it can be hard to keep track of the changing regulatory requirements. We keep up to date with all changes in legislation and make sure you’re compliant at all times.

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Directions to Steven Burton & Co From Colchester

Steven Burton & Co are based in Earls Colne in North Essex, just a short 20-minute drive from central Colchester. We understand that as business owners you’re short on time and not everything requires a face to face meeting. We are always happy to have a quick catchup online or take a trip to your office.

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    Sam Nagle
    Sam Nagle
    12 May 2023
    A truly fantastic accountants. Unlike any other accountants we have had in the past. They are 100 percent on the ball, helpful with fantastic advice. Not just sound accountancy advice but advising the business as a whole in various areas. Strategic quarterly reviews to really delve into the business to make sure profit margins are where they should be, and if they aren’t, they’ll look into improvements that can be made. Nothing is too much and the phone lines are always open for advice. Unlike most accountants their focus isn’t just on completing your annual accounts and not seeing you again for another year. I cannot praise the team enough for all the hard work they put in! They really have shifted our focus onto the aspects of the business that we were perhaps neglecting!
    Steve Lincoln
    Steve Lincoln
    11 May 2023
    The team at Steve Burton & Co provide a first class personal service to their customers. They support business owners through every step of the life cycle of their business, adding true value with their relationship.
    Toby Ishmael
    Toby Ishmael
    5 May 2023
    I work closely with the team at Steven Burton & Co. to assist their clients with a range of services and I can't speak highly enough of the professionalism and care that they demonstrate for their clients.
    Darren Vass
    Darren Vass
    21 March 2023
    I've worked with Steven Burton & Co for almost 4 years and I cannot fault their service. Dominique in particular is always available for advice and guidance whenever needed.
    Makala Balls
    Makala Balls
    11 December 2022
    The team at Steven Burton are friendly, professional and really get to know their clients so their advice is tailored to suit their individual needs. Cuts through all the jargon and offer clear and timely advice. Would highly recommend.
    Simon Isaac
    Simon Isaac
    28 November 2022
    I've worked with Steven Burton & Co for the last 2.5 years and thoroughly recommend their services, based on my experience of working closely with the partners. From sound advice to critical content on what is important for businesses in all aspects of finance and accounting, their passionate approach to helping businesses to manage growth and financial health is highly recommend.
    Laura Garnham
    Laura Garnham
    21 June 2022
    Steve Burton & co are industry experts. The team are always on hand to offer expert advice and consultancy. Providing a much needed level of confidence and we feel a great sense of relief knowing that the business finances are in good hands.
    Matthew Joel-Carter
    Matthew Joel-Carter
    20 April 2022
    Being a fairly new business we were looking for a local company to satisfy our accountancy needs, Steve burton came highly recommended from a friend and we choose to use them after our initial meeting, as we were extremely impressed with how professional and friendly they came across. We trust them to run all our accountancy side of things as we are a creative team and this side of things we find extremely daunting, they have explained everything that we are required to do and that they will do for us extremely well and held our hand throughout the process. Trusting your accountancy agency is important to build up a friendly yet professional service and I can honestly say they have managed to do this from day one. Would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for advice and a very dedicated accountancy firm.
    Amy Benton Re-mind Coaching Solutions
    Amy Benton Re-mind Coaching Solutions
    8 March 2022
    Steven and team bring a refreshing approach to accountancy. Giving their clients a crystal clear vision of where they are and what they need to change to achieve the financial outcomes they want from their businesses. Having this level of understanding about your business is a gamechanger if you want to succeed.