We are delighted to announce that we have been added to the Handpicked Accountants network, following recognition of our outstanding customer service to business owners across Cheltenham and neighbouring towns.

With over 20 years’ experience, we offer a year round accountancy service, including tax advice, bookkeeping, payroll and auditing services to small, medium and large businesses. We take pride in proactively advising each and every client to ensure they are operating efficiently, providing the necessary support along the way. Our team of chartered accountants are friendly and reliable and can advise you on how to best manage your finances.

Handpicked Accountants is a platform designed to remove the gap between business owners looking for accountancy services and highly esteemed local and national accountants known for delivering a high quality service. After working with over hundreds of accountancy firms over the years, they know what makes an accountant stand out and what to watch out for.

Handpicked Accountants have built longstanding relationships with accountants across the country so they can put you in touch with an experienced accountancy professional near you, including Cheltenham. Each accountancy firm is fully vetted to ensure they are of a high standard and can provide a dedicated service.

At Francis & Co, we use a range of accounting software including Xero, Sage, Quickbooks and Freeagent, which provide a full overview of your company accounts in one glance. You can manage invoicing and cash flow from any device, making it easy to fulfil your daily accounting tasks with the help of your accountant.

David Tattersall, Head of Client Relations at Handpicked Accountants, said, “We are really glad that Francis & Co Chartered Accountants have joined our network of reputable accountants. They are well known around the Cheltenham area for their outstanding service to owner managed businesses. I’m proud to welcome them on board. ”

You can view our profile on Handpicked Accountants here.

Only Three Days To Go!! hmrc-penalty-2

It isn’t too late, there’s still time to complete your 2018 Tax Return before the deadline of 31 January 2019, to avoid a £100 penalty.

If you require our assistance call us on 01242 370298 or email office@wfrancisandco.co.uk


Looks like it's going to be a busy January! keep-calm-and-let-us-file-your-tax-return-257x300

Records show that as at 1st January 2019 47.9% of all the anticipated 2017/18 Income Tax Returns remain to be filed in the final month of the filing period.

That amounts to 4,541,784 Tax Returns and history has shown that approx. 50% of those Returns are going to be filed by Accountants. This has been the case since the inception of Self-Assessment, which means we are going to be incredibly busy throughout January!

There are only 24 days left! Your personal tax return needs to be submitted to HMRC by Thursday 31st January 2019.  Also payment of your tax needs to be paid by this date. If you require any assistance with this, please call us on 01242 370298 or email us on office@wfrancisandco.co.uk


It has been confirmed the first ‘wave’ of 20,000 letters to affected businesses will hit doormats this week, followed by a further 180,000 to be issued next week.

If you are unaware, Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is compulsory for all VAT registered businesses for VAT periods beginning on and after 1 April 2019. The requirement to keep digital records starts from this date but the first VAT return for a normal quarterly period, must be submitted by 7 August 2019.

HMRC will be running a social media campaign about Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT including Twitter posts and YouTube videos.

Please see the link below for more information regarding Making Tax Digital from HMRC:


If you would like further information we are here to help! Give us a call on 01242 370298 or email us on office@wfrancisandco.co.uk