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We regularly ask our clients to let us know what they think of our service.
Here’s what they say…

  • We have dealt with a few accounting companies in the past and looked at reducing our costs each time. Not the best move but I have to say that the best service by far we have received from any of them was Cowley Holmes - so if you want the best service please do use Cowleys

    Marie West
  • Cowley Holmes are a great accountants that have helped to support my start up business to being operational for 3 years...Always happy to answer a question no matter how small it may feel.

    Andrew Lake
  • Cowley Holmes Accountants Bedford have been our Accountants for over 25 years and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with the whole Team, everyone at Cowley are always so helpful and professional even with the smallest of queries they are genuinely keen to help. Pauline and Barry have been there for us throughout our business career and we truly appreciate all the care and friendship they have shown us during all that time. Would highly recommend this outstanding Team for a quality service when choosing an Accountant.

    Nicola Talbot (NJT)
  • I've worked with Cowley Holmes a couple of times for personal tax purposes, and they have done an excellent work. I've always dealt with Barry, who is personable, helpful and knowledgeable. I will not hesitate to use their services again in the future.

    Pablo Fraile
  • The administrative staff in the Bedford office were incredibly helpful.

    Andrew Mathers
  • Friendly, knowledgeable.

    Ravi Agarwal
  • Cannot recommend them enough! Brilliant, Accurate, Fast advice ... Many thanks.

    Benjamin Swift
  • I contacted Cowley Holmes Bedford with some accounting work that I needed to have done quickly and even though they were super busy, they still took my work and delivered the results within the timescale that we agreed upon. I dealt with Pauline at Cowley Holmes Bedford and she was super helpful and very knowledgeable and really went the extra mile for me even though she had so much else on. I would highly recommend her and her teams services. Thank you for being an amazing accounting team.

    Marc Leopold
  • The staff at Cowley-Homes are always professional and helpful in advising options on managing accounts, without being overbearing. Kim White has been extremely positive and a joy to work with, combining in-depth knowledge and sound practical advice, always contactable and responsive. She and the firm have enabled me to move forward with business ideas, and I totally recommend them.

    Alan Parsons
  • Probably the best accountants in Bedford? But I can't say for sure because I haven't used any others - who would need to?

    Anthony Lockwood
  • I contacted Cowley Holmes regarding a Capital Gains Tax matter and was very impressed by their speed of response and the clear and friendly advice that was provided. Having received such professional service, I would recommend and will not hesitate to contact again in future.

    Jonathan Jones
  • We have been customers of Cowley Holmes for approximately 20 years and have enjoyed excellent service from day 1. All staff are friendly and they have helped us understand the complexities of tax and accounting for our Electrical Contracting business, always on hand for help and advice. If you are looking for Accountants in Bedford...look no further!

    Damian Craddock
  • Cowley Holmes in Bedford look after our company accounts and they offer a highly professional service as well as being straight forward and very easy to work with. I have also used them for my own personal tax returns where they were once again very professional and simple to work with.

    Tim Hacker, KCS Projects & Security Ltd
  • Been using Cowley Holmes since I began my new company. They are a well functioned team who are always happy to help.

    Andrew Dadd, Procurapack Ltd
  • As a contractor working for Cowley Holmes maintaining their portable fire safety equipment, I found all the staff extremely friendly and accommodating. A really pleasant Bedford Accounting company with a great working environment.

    Richard Mitchell, Vanquish Fire Ltd
  • I have just started working with Kim White from Cowley Holmes, and have to say how impressed I am. Kim has been quick, diligent, and highly knowledgeable. She has a very personable approach, which was really important for me when deciding which accountants to work with. I am not in the slightest bit disappointed with my choice, and would go as far as to say Cowley Holmes are the best Accountants in Bedford that I have ever worked with.

    Marva Christian
  • Dealing mainly with Kim White, but referring to Barry on occasion, I have found them brilliant to deal with. Transparent, clear in explanation (As I'm a bit of a thicky - tax wise) and empathetic to customer requirements. Would and do recommend without hesitation

    David Jones
  • I used Cowley Holmes and was very impressed with their service. All through the process their communications to me were great and their expertise excellent. I required accountants in Bedford for convenience of their location, and will definitely be using them in the future! I’d certainly recommend them! Thanks Kim and Laura!

    Asa Horsman
  • Superb service from the Bedford based accountants, Cowley Holmes. Paying close attention to detail, their team works with you to ensure that they understand your business and personal accounting requirements. They have advised on a wide range of tax and related issues, from a vast knowledge base; great to have them onboard with my business.

    Sarah Haskell
  • My dealings with Cowley Holmes accountants in Bedford has been a pleasure. Having been 'burned' by my previous (well regarded for reasons that escape me) accountant I approached this firm on recommendation from a friend to sort my tax affairs out.

    The experience was smooth and effortless from start to end and resulted in me receiving a substantial rebate from HMRC for over payment under the previous 'outfit.'

    Would not hesitate to recommend.

    Lee Cooper
  • Thanks very much to Kim, Laura and the rest of the team for their brilliant work.

    Leon Barnett
  • Having worked with Cowley Holmes Accountants in Bedford for over 10 years, my experience has been excellent. Staff are extremely helpful and seemingly always cheerful - very refreshing.

    Jenny Gray
  • I hired the services of Cowley Holmes just over a year ago and I have been thoroughly impressed with their professionalism and attention to detail. The team is knowledgeable, friendly and always ready to help with any queries or concerns. They have always provided me with timely and accurate financial advice when called upon. I highly recommend this firm to anyone in need of accounting services in Bedford. Special thanks to Kim & Laura!

    Michael Kiernan
  • It is an absolute pleasure to work with Amanda from Cowley Holmes accountants in Bedford. She is the Kindest and a very knowledgeable person who can understand the complex situation

  • Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Always eager to help.For all accountancy requirements they are the best in town!!

    John Carter
  • Recently returned from working abroad, Barry and team in Bedford were able to guide me through my UK tax return and assist with filing. Big thanks to Owen too for pulling it together so quickly for me. Highly recommend.

    Oliver Unitt
  • Have dealt with Cowley Holmes accountants Bedford for over 20 years Barry and his loyal team are always very professional and friendly would recommend to anyone.

    Steven Wilkes
  • Very professional and friendly firm. Quick to reply to on every occasion. I recommend them very highly if you require accountants in Bedford.

    Joe Todisco
  • I have been working with Cowley Holmes for around 10 years, the team are friendly, professional and come highly recommended.

    Graham Lathwell
  • Fantastic experience working with Cowley Holmes, would recommend to anyone looking for an experienced accountancy company in Bedford.

    Ollie Hanson
  • Dear Pauline, Thank you very much for meeting with me today; it’s put my mind at rest, that we have set the ball rolling so to speak. 

  • Barry, Thank you to you and your team for their assistance on our tax return. Especially Kim who communicated superbly throughout the process and is a credit to your team and business.

    Steve and Sarah Fearon
  • A service that is everything you would expect from an accountant and so much more. Cowley Holmes provide the information and expertise required to take your business to the next level. Barry came to the Tec office, and it was clear this was a friendly accountancy practice that had the knowledge to help our business realise its aspirations.
    Highly recommended

    Simon Philp - Tec Fire and Security
  • I’m a freelancer and needed an Accountant to help unravel my many income streams and get it sorted.
    Kim at Cowley Holmes did just that! She helped me through the process step by step and now I can sleep at night.
    I found my experience a smooth one and I would highly recommend Cowley Holmes Accountants

    Lorraine Williams
  • Excellent service and always very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend contacting Cowley Holmes if you are looking for expert financial support to grow your business.

    Fraser Bairstow
  • Cowley Holmes Accountants have been looking after our business accounts for many years and we find them to be extremely professional, proactive, friendly and approachable. Our Account Manager, Pauline, has always been on hand to offer advice and guidance when needed. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Barry and his team.

    Pene Morgan
  • On taking on the company’s day-to-day accounting from a colleague, having no prior accounting knowledge, I found the somewhat arcane processes involved in entering, recording, and reconciling information within Sage somewhat daunting. However, thanks to the, advice, guidance, and support from the staff at Cowley Holmes, I have at least managed to tame, if not yet fully domesticate the beast that is task of daily book keeping, my thanks especially to Pauline and John.

    Andrew Wheatley
  • Always get great service here, Kim and Jackie are always friendly, professional and very helpful, never had any problems. 5* from Bobby’s Butchers

    Aaron Hewitt
  • We have used Cowley Holmes since we started our company in 1998. We think that tells you everything you need to know about them as an outstanding firm of accountants.

    Bernard Wallace
  • We have been clients of Cowley Holmes Accountants for our business and personal accounts for 12 years and would not hesitate in recommending them. They were especially helpful when Covid struck and the furlough scheme was formed by the Government. We look forward to their continued support.

    Christine De Priori
  • I have worked very closely with Amanda for the last few weeks, she is always quick to respond with an answer to any queries I have for her. Cowley Holmes Accountants are the expert in Business Accounting and all their Marketing material prove this!

    Jake Singleton-Bennicke
  • I work for Cowley Holmes' Tax Investigation Insurance provider and I have to say how professional, prompt and reliable the firm is. They are a great partner of ours. Working with Amanda Lucrino is a pleasure - she is helpful and friendly with a lovely warm manner. Thank you for your prompt assistance Amanda! :-)

    Sophie Thurlby
  • I had the pleasure to work with Cowley Holmes and the service the team provided was phenomenal. Clear, precise and very informative when asking questions from a client point of view. I will definitely be returning and recommending to family/friends. Thank you.

    Harjot Singh Panesar
  • Fantastic experience working with Cowley Holmes, would recommend to anyone looking for an experienced accountancy company.

    Ollie Hanson
  • Found them to be a really professional, honest and helpful accountancy firm. Definitely using their services again!

    Gursewak Singh Panesar
  • As a new customer I was given clear and concise advice and felt very happy with the service provided.
    I would highly recommend.
    I am looking forward to working with Cowley Holmes for many years to come.

    Greg Frost
  • Many thanks for the great, friendly service Kim.

    Phil Hammond
  • Thank you and your staff for always giving me good service.

    I shall take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year.

    Sheila Steel
  • A big thank you to John for all his help this year – he’s absolutely great.

    Annabel Sedgwick
  • The service I have received from Cowleys in the past 12 months has been exceptional - they are always honest/available for even the little stupid things and are always very friendly and never make me feel daft for any questions I ask.

    Marie West
  • Just went through the annual cycle, annual reports, dividend payments, company tax submission, vat, personal self assessment. Cowley Holmes couldn’t have made it easier for me. It is great to have such a professional firm working with me. They take away all the stress of bookkeeping and tax - and save me a lot of money too. Always pleasant, polite and available. One of the few firms I deal with that regularly exceed expectation. A real pleasure to deal with.

    Peter Flanagan
  • Very pleased with the service from Cowley Holmes and Team, great communication and advise provided and would happily recommend them. They are also quick at turning around and submitting documentation.

    Dipesh Pancholi.
  • The Chocolatier Ltd has found Cowley Holmes pivotal in its progress. The advice is always helpful to the long-term vision of the business and knowing we have Cowley Holmes to always turn to for progressive quality advice is priceless.

    Aneesh Popat.
  • I have known Barry Cowley and his staff for a few years now. As an accountant myself (previously with my own practice), I am familiar with the difficulties of working with one's own business. In these difficult COVID 19 and Brexit times, it becomes doubly hard to keep trading and perform to an excellent standard. But they continue to do so nonetheless! Always providing and excellent standard of work, yet still remaining polite and easy to communicate with, is the reason I recommend many of my referrals to Barry, particularly for property/SME solutions. I would have no hesitation in continuing to refer to him and his polite staff in the future.

    Colin Smith.
  • Cowley Holmes looked after our business Peritus Power and our personal accounts for many years. Excellent, professional service, at all times. Even when our business hit hard times Cowley Holmes were nothing short of supportive and understanding. I would highly recommend this company to anyone. A professional, yet friendly and understanding company with people who care. Many thanks Cowley Holmes for all the support you gave us through the years.

    Lee Harrison.
  • We have been using Cowley Holmes Accountants since 2007 and would highly recommend them for your Business needs. Barry and the team always offer a very professional, efficient and friendly service. We receive regular newsletters with updates on Business guidelines. Any queries we may have regarding our Business are always dealt with in a knowledgeable and prompt way. Overall a great accountants.

    Denise Bloomfield.
  • Probably the best accountancy company in Bedford, bar none. Very pleased we employed their services.

    Chris Rossin.
  • I can't recommend the team at Cowley Holmes highly enough. They ensure complete peace of mind and are always on hand to answer a question that may pop up. Service levels never drop, even during the covid-19 crisis which is further testament to their integrity and loyalty to their clients. Special mention to Pauline and Armando. 100% recommend.

    Alex Hutchinson.
  • So pleased with the service from Cowley Holmes. I wasn't aware of what I had to do with my situation and was slightly concerned. Everything was explained to me very professionally and I was reassured and put at ease immediately. Excellent service and very prompt with all my enquiries. Thank you so much!

    Sabrina Santoro.
  • I have benefited from the services of Cowley Holmes for the last 10 years and would thoroughly recommend them. In fact, I have done so several times!

    Byford Louisy.
  • We have been using Cowley Holmes for over 10 years, they are very friendly, first-class accountants, every member of the team are highly professional and knowledgeable, they give us complete peace of mind that all our business and accounts affairs are being taken care of. We highly recommend them for all your business needs.

    David Ellison.
  • I've experienced an excellent customer relationship starting out with Cowley Holmes as my new accountant. Barry got in touch with me immediately and spent a lot of time carefully explaining everything over the phone. I received a thorough welcome pack in the post with all the information I could ever need. All my emails have been answered and process is underway. Highly recommended for specialist knowledge in my industry too.

    Emma-Ruth Richards.
  • Such a friendly and knowledgeable team of accountants. A pleasure to work with, couldn't recommend them highly enough! I didn't realise dealing with accountants could be so much fun, Deborah has a great sense of humour!

    Evie Lawrence.
  • Friendly and professional staff providing sound and knowledgeable advice and service. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs an accountancy firm in the Bedford area and beyond.

    Baljit Sangha.
  • The Cowley Holmes team is so helpful and supportive with their advice and the time they devote to clients. I really appreciate the professional assistance they give.

    Phillippa Martin-Moran-Bryant.
  • We have used Cowley Holmes for over 23 years, in that time they have never let us down. Barry and his team are very knowledgeable in all aspects of tax and vat. Nothing is too much trouble, if you are looking for an Accountant in the Bedford area these are the guys you need highly recommended.

    Neil Mackenzie.
  • Being a new company, we had many questions and reservations of what we needed to do with all our tax needs. Kim and Jacki along with the team have been so supportive in helping us and making sure we are looked after. Datatel Ltd would recommend them to anyone and we look forward to having them be part of our team for many years to come.

    John Martin
    Director Datatel Ltd. 26/11/2019
  • Hugely grateful for Cowley Holmes' management of my self-assessment tax return. It is such a relief to know that it is submitted on time and in line with HMRC's guidelines. Their professional expertise and efficiency, together with their ever-helpful customer care give me no hesitation in recommending them to anyone needing their help with their tax matters.

    David Nightingale.
  • Ever since I switched accountants to Cowley Holmes, I've been pleased with the service they provide. They are a friendly and thoroughly professional team. They've helped me and my family in tax related matters, and even chased late payers! I can recommend them wholeheartedly to anyone searching for an accountant in the Bedford area.

    Rob Hollemans.
  • We've used Cowley Homes for a number of years now. We moved to them because we became dissatisfied with our previous accountants and found Cowley Holmes to be friendly, approachable and efficient. The staff explain nuances in a way that's understandable to someone who is (obviously) not an accountant, which I think is a great testament. I would recommend them.

    Christine Kelly.
  • Very friendly and welcoming staff, always a great job done.

    Adam Cox.
  • Cowley Holmes for the past 3 years have expertly helped and advised me with my various accounts. The accountants and office staff have been of tremendous assistance to me and can be described as incredibly knowledgeable and have the kindness and patience of saints.

    Baljinder Singh.
  • My client manager is Kim White she is always friendly and helpful and takes time to explain everything.

    Nichola Hatfield-Shaw.
  • Very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff, who have always been timely and accurate in all they have done for me over the years. Would recommend them to anyone as a 'safe pair of hands' to work with.

    Tom Trowles.
  • Cowley Holmes delivered a very friendly, helpful service taking all the hassle out of the process, including liaising directly with HMRC on my behalf. Any questions I had were answered immediately in a very clear and professional manner, putting me at ease throughout the process. I would highly recommend their services and look forward to working with them again in the future.

    John Robinson.
  • Cowley Holmes have looked after our accounts for a long time now but whenever we need their help all the staff members are extremely friendly and always willing to assist. They talk on your level and are easy to understand and have a sense of humour too! Nothing is too much trouble they are an absolute pleasure to work with. Pauline and Armando on our last visit were brilliant at discussing and showing us the Quick Books system, we can't wait to get started! Extremely professional and would highly recommend.

    Hazel Squire.
  • Staff here are friendly, welcoming, professional and absolutely know their stuff.

    Make you feel at ease the minute you step through the door, always on hand to give advice whenever needed & nothing seems too much trouble.

    Would totally recommend them if you’re looking for a decent accountant.

    Corinne Wooding.
    June 2019
  • We have been fifteen years in business as a consultancy and ten as a book publisher with our fiftieth title to be published next month. Cowley Holmes have been with us every step of the way, providing us with the skillsets and expertise that we could never provide for ourselves. They have been essential to our business health and continued growth.

    Mark Peacock.
    June 2019
  • I have recently joined Cowley Holmes Accountants and as a sole trader I have found the company extremely helpful. The entire process has been clear and easy to understand. I couldn't recommend the company enough.

    Eliza Frost.
    May 2019
  • Absolutely Great service. very friendly and professional staff. Always there to help and answer any questions. Would definitely recommend to everyone.

    giggs. Cowley
    May 2019
  • After many problems with my previous accountant I searched all over the Bedfordshire area for a trusted company to help me with my business not only for paperwork but for someone I could talk to should I need to ask any questions, I was recommended Cowley Holmes and gave them a call, from the get go they have been absolutely fantastic, I genuinely can’t thank them enough for all the hard work the team have done for me I’m so pleased I have Cowley Holmes on my side and have recommended them to friends and colleagues who also have nothing but good words to say. Look no further if you wish for a better accountant in Bedford.

    Antonio Citrinitil
    A.M.C Plumbing and Heating Bedford. February 2019
  • We have used Cowley Holmes Accountants for a number of years both for our business and personal affairs! I would not hesitate to recommend them - they are totally professional and helpful but most of all they provide a really friendly service and nothing is too much trouble! It gives us piece of mind and they are always at the end of the phone if needed, this lets us concentrate on our business! Thank you so much.

    Elaine Cronin.
    February 2019
  • They should be your first port of call when looking for an accountant. If I were to some them up in three words I would say in no particular order they are PROFESSIONAL, APPROACHABLE and AFFORDABLE.

    Philip Mole.
    January 2019
  • Can’t thank Barry and his team enough for all the support and guidance they have given me. They are the best accountants around, I can focus on my business while Cowley Holmes sort out my accounts. They are very helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend Cowley Holmes to anyone looking for a reliable accountant if I could give them more than 5 stars I would :)

    Elisa Citriniti of Don’t Be Gel Lashes – Bedford.
    January 2019
  • Have been with the Company 4 years always friendly, efficient and reliable service. Would recommend strongly.

    Tony Filipczak.
    January 2019
  • The staff are all friendly and really helpful and have no problem explaining things several times if I'm unsure. I would recommend them to any business small or large.

    Pam Graham.
    December 2018
  • Really pleased with the service received, friendly, diligent and caring.
    Diane Rust.
    October 2018
  • Cowley Holmes are both professional and friendly, the team take the stress out of accounts and always make you feel welcome. Would definitely recommend their services.
    Heidi Pickford
    Sunset Camper Hire Partnership. August 2018
  • We have been using Cowley Holmes for over a year now and they are very professional and a highly polished team. After our initial meeting with Barry Cowley we knew we had the perfect accountants. Kim White has looked after Copybox since we joined them and her advice, guidance and communications has been nothing but fist class!! We highly recommend Barry and his team and Copybox looks forward to growing the business with Cowley Holmes by our side. Many thanks to everyone at Cowley Holmes!
    Kamlesh Paul
    Copybox Document Systems- Bedford. August 2018
  • Very friendly and professional accountants who have helped me run my business for a number of years now , highly recommended.
    Chris Rodney Plumbing & Heating.
    July 2018
  • As we know reviews are usually read with a healthy amount of scepticism, and with good reason. They can often go over the top with praise, or can simply be unjustly critical. The review below justly and accurately describes the long and successful Business relationship we have experienced with "Cowley Holmes Accountants". My Wife and I have been clients of Barry and his Team for many years, and our visits to their office is like catching up with old friends. In our long association, nothing has ever been too much trouble for them, and their Professionalism, and Expertise, is coupled with friendliness, hospitality, and a willingness to go the extra mile. We are delighted to be associated with "Cowley Holmes Accountants" and would not hesitate in recommending them to others.
    Kenneth and Myra Jennings
    July 2018
  • Fantastic Accountants! Been using Cowley Holmes for a number of years now. They are so professional and helpful. I can’t recommend them enough. Nothing is too much trouble for them. Kim is super efficient, as is the entire team. No fuss accountants who are swift to deal with any queries and always come back to you with the answers you need and often the ones you didn’t know! Five stars *****
    Louise Momi
    Valis IT Limited, Bedfordshire. March 2018
  • Cowley Holmes look after 3 of my businesses and they are simply SUPERB. I think an excellent accountant is honest, smart and most of all proactive - which Cowley Holmes certainly are. They have helped me structure my businesses in ways in which I feel secure and strong about the future. I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend!
    Aneesh Popat
    Luxury Fine Foods Ltd, Bedfordshire. February 2018
  • We have used Cowley Holmes Accountants for many years. We find then to be very helpful, approachable and very professional. I can call anytime for advice (which I do a lot ) and know that there is always someone happy to help / talk to me. If you are looking for a new accountant, I would highly recommend this friendly and knowledgeable bunch!
    Donna Craddock
    Craddock Electrical Services Limited, Bedford. December 2017
  • Cowley Holmes are a very professional, knowledgeable and caring Accountancy firm. They are only a phone call away for anything you may need and are very prompt with their actions. We would definitely recommend Cowley Holmes Accountants 5 star plus more.
    Sebastiano Santoro
    STS Wheel Alignment Centre & Mechanical Repairs Ltd, Bedford. November 2017
  • I was recommended Cowley Holmes by a friend and I couldn't be happier. Everyone is friendly and always happy to help with any questions you might have. I would recommend them to anyone looking for an accountant.
    Adam Lack
    Bedford. November 2017
  • Having started my own business I wanted peace of mind that my accounts would be sorted with ease and without hassle, this was done with expertise and friendly advice. Thank you Cowley Holmes.
    Richard Smith
    T/a Savvy Upholsterers, Bedford. September 2017
  • All Good. Great help keeping my accounts in order and on time. Have proved helpful with trading overseas.
    Jay J
    July 2017
  • Many thanks Kim, you have made it so simple.  I will definitely be using Cowley Holmes next year for this also.

    Mr P Rix
    Bedford. January 2017
  • We have been using Cowley Holmes Accountants as our accountants since we started trading and we are very happy with the service we receive.

    Very professional and are on hand to help with any questions we have, be it with our accounts or our business. Cowley Holmes Accountants offer everything you would expect from an account plus much more! If you are looking for an accountant or thinking of starting a business we would highly recommend talking or meeting with Cowley Holmes Accountants.

    Gaetano Ciampa
  • We have been with Barry and his team for many years now. Always a professional and reliable service with all our business and personal tax matters. You are always greeted with a smile and a friendly welcome. Would highly recommend them.
    Cathy Prunty
    The Grafton Hotel Ltd, Bedford. 2016
  • We instructed Cowley Holmes early last year as we were very impressed by Barry's proactive approach to accounting matters during his visit to our premises. They have been great in assisting with our accounts, providing great value in a very professional and efficient manner and have provided us with better cost saving ideas that we hadn't thought of in the past. A big thank you goes out to Barry and the team and we would highly recommend them to any company without hesitation!
    Dave Baker
    The Garden Graphics, Bedford. 2016
  • We moved to Cowley Holmes several years ago after being with the same accountant since 1974. We have been very happy with the level of service offered. I have found the staff both friendly and extremely knowledgeable. They are always on hand to give advice on all aspects of tax be it business or personal. I would highly recommend Cowley Holmes.
    Gary Blick
    Blick Building Contractors Ltd, Bedford. 2016
  • Excellent service and a wonderful team. I came across Kim who managed to sort out my taxes as swiftly as possible and has been very effective when dealing with enquiries with the HMRC. I highly recommend this firm.
    Naseri Ilbrahimovic
  • As our business expanded we felt our previous accountant wasn't moving or changing with our needs. Barry and his team were recommended to us by another local business in Bedford and we have been using Cowley Holmes now for several years. We have found them to be very informative, extremely helpful and they are always ready to offer advice. We are very pleased with their services and attention to detail and look forward to many years of continued service and support.
    Mike Quince
    MQ Mobile Tyres Ltd, Bedford. 2016
  • Barry and his team has supported KDM communications for over 10 years and has provided consistently reliable and professional support. He also deals with all our personal tax affairs and I would not hesitate to recommend him.
    Annabel Sedgwick
    KDM Communications Ltd, Bedford. 2016
  • I would like to say thank you for sorting out my finances.  I feel good having come to the right place who knew how to deal with my issues.

    Mr A Rahman
    Bedford. August 2016
  • Hi Barry, Just wanted to let you know that the mortgage adviser you referred found us a great deal and we had the offer last week. We’re of course very happy with the outcome and wanted to say many thanks for the introduction. Best Wishes
    Iain Ronayne
    Bedford, July 2015
  • I changed to Cowley Holmes Accountants over 10 years ago. I was hesitant in changing accountants at the time but since then everything has progressed extremely well and Cowley Holmes have provided great help and advice in moving my business forward. It’s always a pleasure when I have any contact with the various members of staff as everyone is always so polite and also upbeat, so it must be a good place to work. I’d also like to mention that when I meet with Barry and Pauline I always feel comfortable discussing things with them both and feel confident in the advice they give me. I would highly recommend them.
    John Potten
    John Potten - Bedfordshire. June 2015
  • We have been with Cowley Holmes for at least 20 + years and have always had A1 service and will continue to use their services as long as we are in business, having that personal one to one and being able to call anytime and get the answers you need is second to none. Many thanks for all your help over the years and with putting up with me!
    Mrs N Talbot
    Dunstable Pools LLP, Bedfordshire. 2015
  • Barry and the team at Cowley Holmes have been working with us for just over a year now and I’m really pleased with how proactive and responsive they are. They’re a real pleasure to work with.  
    Pené Morgan
    Morgans Electrical Ltd, Beds. 2014
  • What you do for me is extremely good value considering the extent of service you give. Wherever I go I hear people pay much larger accountants fees for much less service.
    Mr Eddie Lennon
    Middlesex. 2014

Testimonials from our Practice Excellence Client Satisfaction Survey 2014

  • Barry and the team have the expert knowledge to deal with all your accountancy issues and help your business thrive.

  • We would recommend Cowley Holmes as a personal, efficient, and friendly team who are quick on their feet with any problems that have to be solved, and unlike some accountancy firms their fees are not frightening!

  • Nice and easy to deal with and only ever a phone call away.

  • We have known Barry for many, many years, just after he started out. He provides us with the same care and personal attention that he has done all along. Good, simple work, we can understand and always has time to help. Personal service and understanding of each individual client is the key to the success of Cowley Holmes and why we have stuck with them for several decades. Well done and keep up the good work.

  • Cowley Holmes always provide an excellent service. The staff, especially Kim MacAskill who I deal with mainly, are polite and always have time to help with any problems or queries I have and whenever I visit their office, I am made to feel very welcome. I would recommend Cowley Holmes to anyone and everyone without hesitation.

  • Cowley Holmes are a reliable and trustworthy accountant, I would have no problem recommending them to any other business.

  • As a small business with limited needs, I enjoy the friendly helpful service provided.

  • Easy to deal with, very flexible in their attitude and put up with my inane questions!

  • I have been dealing with Cowley Holmes for the last 3 years and find them very punctual and efficient in their work and Kim is very pleasant to deal with.

  • I am delighted with Kim MacAskill as she is always available to answer any questions and queries I may have either via email or telephonically outside my normal tax assessment appointment. She is always very thorough and very clear in providing answers and always makes them very easy for me to understand. Thanks Kim!

  • Barry and his team have always kept us up to date with all are tax matters. Thanks again, Neil Mackenzie, Rareunit.

  • The team at Cowley Holmes provide a very helpful and friendly service and are always available for advice and guidance when it's most needed.

  • Nothing is too much trouble and you don't get charged every time you seek advice. A very professional company.

  • I have had a few accountants in the past but none of them come close to Barry Cowley, Kim MacAskill, Amanda and the team for being so friendly and professional, nothing is too much trouble and they are always on the end of the phone to answer questions they offer so many services and have a vast knowledge between them I wish I was a bigger business to take advantage of all what they can offer.

  • We have been with the practice for almost twenty years and are more than satisfied with our service and guidance over the years.

  • Cowley Holmes is the best Accountancy Service I have used in 45 years of business. They are quick to respond to queries or problems and are practical in their response. Fees are sensible and Accounts well-presented and they look ahead for legal requirements and for ideas on how to improve the business. Noel Steel.

  • I have been with my accountant since he started the firm many years ago. I have always found him and his staff to be very professional and efficient. They are polite and courteous, make me feel welcome and relaxed and I am treated as an individual and not just a number. (No pun intended) Long may it continue.

  • As a small business it is refreshing to find an accountant who has taken the time to try to understand both our business and our personal financial situation. When we suggested changing our company status, Cowley Holmes listened to our motives and did everything they could to make sure we achieved all the aims we had set out with originally.

We regularly ask our clients to let us know what they think of our service.
Here’s what they say…

  • Just wanted to say thank you for all your help today Daniel, and previously on this new RTI and anything I need help with. You are always very helpful and always explain so I can understand. Thank you very much.
    Mrs S Hewitt
    Bobby's Butchers, Bedford. 2013
  • Barry is like no other accountant I have met. He has a unique Business Growth System to help businesses develop their marketing and grow their sales. This is as well as the tax savings for businesses that I have personally experienced as a client. Cowley Holmes have really helped our businesses progress - thoroughly recommended.
    Daniel O'Loughlin
    Director of White Hart Press, Bedford. 2013
  • We find that Cowley Holmes do exactly as they claim, keeping us up to date, well advised, and therefore in control of the accountancy side of our business. They are always fast to respond to special and unusual requests and scenarios that do crop up from time to time with our business. We have recommended them to several of our friends who run similar sized businesses.
    Mr Tom Wooding,
    Director of Twinwood Events Ltd, Bedfordshire. 2012
  • Having been with Barry and the firm for over 15 years, it says it all really! Barry and his staff have been efficient, helpful and unfailingly cheerful in all their dealings with us. With all our good wishes for the future
    Mr John & Mrs Sue Darlow,
    Directors of More Roofing Concepts Company Ltd, Bedfordshire. 2012
  • Here are my comments about Barry and Cowley Holmes…
    • Very professional
    • Feel confident that all accounts, payments etc. will be dealt with promptly and accurately
    • Proactive in prompting me for tax returns, payments and so on
    • Proactive in suggesting optimum organisation of finances
    • Would recommend to anyone prepared to pay for excellent service.

    Mr Nick Gascoigne,
    Director of Richmond Hill Enterprise Ltd, Wiltshire. 2012
  • Having been a customer for over 8 years, I would not hesitate to recommend them to anybody for either personal or company accountancy work. They are always professional, knowledgeable of our company’s financial aspects, yet still friendly and personal. In addition to our company accounts we receive regular updates on current financial information.
    Mr Marvin Rayson
    Director of Matrix Security Systems Ltd, Bedfordshire. 2012
  • We have been using Cowley Holmes for over 15 years and have always found them very professional. They always keep me up to date with my tax and VAT matters. We have no reservations in recommending their service.
    Mr Neil Mackenzie
    Director of Rareunit Ltd, Bedfordshire. 2012
  • It's always been a pleasure dealing with Barry and the team at Cowley Holmes, our accountants since setting up our business 14 years ago.
    Bernard Wallace,
    Director of Equip Systems Ltd, Bedfordshire. 2012
  • I would like to say that the really polite, professional service I receive is second to none. Whenever I have a query or need some advice the staff at Cowley Holmes always give me the answer I need and treat me with the respect and friendly way you would expect from top professionals. A fantastic team at Cowley Holmes!!
    Mr Neil Wharton
    Director of TM Coating and Property Maintenance Ltd, Bedfordshire. 2012
  • I wanted an accountant that not only prepared my financials but was happy to introduce me to his clients. This has started to work and I have received good introductions.
    Mr Paul Nash
    Director of Eagle Private Healthcare Ltd, Bedford. 2012
  • Cowley Holmes have been looking after my accounts for over 10 years. This has meant I have been able to concentrate on running my business with the knowledge that Cowley Holmes are looking after all of my tax and account issues, bringing me up to date with any changes that may benefit myself and my business.
    Mr Andrew Bellamy
    Trading as AJB Restorations, Bedfordshire. 2012
  • All of the staff are very warm, understanding, approachable and very professional. Basically Cowley Holmes are in one word 'fantastic'.

    Mrs Tina Santoro
    Director of STS Wheel Alignment Centre & Mechanical Repairs Ltd, Bedford. 2012
  • All our returns are done on time, no risk of penalties. Always someone to talk to and I like having a dedicated manager to our accounts, and not least I am very pleased with tax savings.
    Mr Chris Keep
    Director of CM Heating Maintenance Ltd, Bedford. 2012
  • Excellent advice and a professional timely service from individuals who are a delight to work with – thank you!
    Mrs Annabel Sedgwick
    Director of KDM Communications Ltd, St Neots. 2012
  • I have been using Cowley Holmes for many years and am very impressed with the personal service I receive. They are always very helpful with any questions I need answering. I would recommend them to anyone.
    Mr Philip Mole
    Director of John Elom Associates Ltd, Bedfordshire. 2012
  • Faced with the complexity of the tax system that businesses have to operate under I am grateful for the calm professionalism of Cowley Holmes to help steer me through.
    Mr Simon Stock
    Director of Musictrack Ltd, Bedfordshire. 2012
  • • Always satisfied with the service I receive.
    • Staff are always polite and ready to help.
    • Queries/questions that cannot be answered straight away are always dealt with in the shortest possible time.
    • Confidence in knowing that all my tax affairs are dealt with in the correct manner.
    Mrs Marilyn Tandy
    Director of JTR (UK) Ltd, Bedfordshire. 2012
  • Kim MacAskill is our contact at Cowley Holmes and is an absolute pleasure to deal with. She always returns calls and is professional, knowledgeable, helpful and approachable (I have no problem asking Kim the stupidest of questions for reassurance) and we rely on her guidance 100%. Kim takes the idiosyncrasies of our company in her stride and doesn’t just react but thinks about things for the long term. We feel we are in the best hands with Kim.
    Mr & Mrs Riswick
    Directors of John Woolfe Racing Ltd, Bedford. 2012
  • For all the staff at Cowley Holmes A heartfelt thank you, for the years of excellent service your company has provided. It has been a pleasure to have your company deal with my accounting needs. It is rare to find a company that can be so professional, while at the same time make you feel that you have been dealt with on a personal level. From the first, when my late father engaged your company’s services many years ago, through to the last days of my own business, we have always been greeted with a warm welcome and professional manner. If in the future, I find that I have the need for an accountant again, I hope that your firm is able to undertake my business needs once again.
    Mr P Holland
    Formerly Traded as JJ Truckstore, Bedfordshire. 2012
  • Cowley Holmes have been very helpful in helping to grow our business and are always more than happy to answer any questions or queries we may have. All of the team are very friendly, approachable and are of course at all times very professional.
    Mr Wesley & Mrs Emma Matthews
    Trading as Kempston Windows, Bedford. 2012
  • Having changed from an out of town accountants to Cowley Holmes I was surprised to find out how accountants should really operate. They have helped on all matters from company structure, tax affairs to basic bookkeeping. They are always happy to answer any query or question. I would most certainly recommend them to anyone.
    Mrs Anne Ryan
    Crave Ltd, Bedford. 2012
  • Barry and the team at Cowley Holmes are first-rate for efficient work and helpful advice. Great value and highly recommended.
    Simon Owens
    Aysgarth Consulting Ltd, Bedford. 2012
  • We are very happy with Cowley Holmes, everyone is always helpful and very pleasant. Any queries or questions we have are always explained fully. We would recommend Cowley Holmes to others
    Mr R Hewitt
    Maple Communication Limited, Dorset. 2011
  • We have received excellent service from your firm, Kim has been great, you are always helpful - thank you again for all your good work

    Mrs Z Alford
    Maple Communication Limited, Dorset. 2011
  • Excellent service. I will definitely be using Cowley Holmes for many years to come
    Mr L Brooks
    Bedfordshire. 2011
  • Barry's team have a friendly and approachable attitude to their profession which makes them perfect for every size of business. They provide clear and jargon-free answers to questions making even the complex understandable to all
    Mrs P Lees
    Accounting Solutions Bureau Limited, Northamptonshire. 2009
  • Why we like the service provided by Cowley Holmes: They are always professional, but with a friendly manner. I deal with one main person. but can easily talk to others if that person is not available. They are always able to explain things in a non-jargon way to non-accounting people! If they are unable to answer a query immediately they will always come back in the allocated time Their newsletters are a helpful tool to give minimal information as to updates etc  
    Mrs T Pritchett
    StatSoft Limited, Bedford. 2009
  • We've worked with the team at Cowley Holmes for the last four or five years and have been very happy with their services, particularly their quick turnaround and friendly badgering when something needs an urgent sign off to meet a Revenue deadline!Mrs A Sedgwick,
    Mrs A Sedgwick
    Kdm Communications Limited, Cambridgeshire. 2009
  • I have now used Cowley Holmes for a year since they helped me set up my new business last autumn. Their advice has been timely and helpful and they have resolved potentially difficult situations with the Inland Revenue. Barry and Kim are always available and very personable as well as knowledgeable as you would expect. I have recently recommended Cowley Holmes to a friend/business colleague and would do so again.
    Miss E Shortt
    ES HR Consulting Limited, Bedford. 2009
  • We have been with Cowley Holmes since we set up our business 11 years ago. Barry & his team provide us with a consistent as well as a friendly service and can be relied upon to supply us with consultancy & support on any business issues we may have.
    Mr B Wallace
    Equip Systems Limited, Bedfordshire. 2009
  • We can always rely on Cowley Holmes Accountants to take care of our business accounting activities with efficient and personal service to our company
    Mrs P Craddock
    Craddock Electrical Services Limited, Bedford. 2008
  • Cowley Holmes Accountants not only met my expectations, they exceeded them. I needed my company accounts to be prepared within a week and they prepared them in 4 days. The tax payable on the accounts was less than I had expected, and so were their charges. I have already given one business their details and will now recommend them to other contacts.
    Philip Mole
    Director - John Elom Associates Limited, Bedfordshire. 2008
  • Simply Education was formed in January 2006 and Cowley Holmes have been our accountants since the beginning. All of the team have been exceptional and go the extra mile to assist us. I would recommend any business whether large or small to give Cowley Holmes a ring and they will give you a service that you cannot beat. A big thank you from both Adam and Sharon directors of Simply Education
    Mrs S Sperrin
    Simply Education Limited, Bedford. 2008
  • We have been with Cowley Holmes from almost when we started in business back in 1990 and they have always worked quickly and effectively in dealing with our business affairs.
    Seb and Tina Santoro
    STS Wheel Alignment Centre, Bedford. 2008
  • I have nothing but praise for this company. I had returned from an overseas assignment with my UK tax in a mess. After an initial interview we agreed a strategy for resolving the issues and I passed over all of my paperwork. The company worked through my previous years tax submission and discovered I had over paid in excess of £1000
    Mr G Smith
    Bedfordshire. 2008
  • Cowley Holmes have not only helped us with the tax and accounting issues we would expect from our accountants but have also helped with personnel issues and found us a good solicitor to deal with our legal matters.
    John and Sue Darlow
    Directors - More Roofing Concepts Company Limited, Haynes, Bedfordshire. 2008

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