About Us

We are an imaginative, ambitious team of accountants continually striving for ways to improve service and streamline processes. Significant investment in technology allows us to use our time together more effectively.

Liberated from the traditional number crunching we are able to personally advise, guide, support and review. We present you with an ongoing picture of your financial position in real time meaning you can make plans and decisions with confidence. Specialising in businesses of a turnover between £30,000 and £5 million, we take our time to understand the inner workings of your business, scrutinise the detail for even the smallest client and work closely with you to help you achieve your ambitions.

Our Services - We are here to help

Whether you are a start up business or an established small to medium sized company, we are here to provide the services you need to complete the full picture of your accounts. We'll help you maximize the potential of your business or new ideas.

Accounts Preparation

At Hunts, we go beyond the standard financial reporting compliance. We use the latest accounting software and technologies to produce accurate up-to-date financial information to help our clients make informed timely decisions.


We understand that VAT often seems like a burden; the statement of being an "unpaid tax collector" is frequently heard. Although the government have tried to lessen the burden on small and medium sized business’s it still remains that calculating it correctly and delivering the VAT Returns on time takes you a considerable amount of time. We work with clients to help them prepare and submit their VAT Returns, and this can be in conjunction with the book-keeping service.

Hunts can also help you choose the right VAT scheme for your business - this decision alone could substantially improve your cash flow and potentially save hundreds of pounds in the amount actually paid to HMRC. In addition it can also significantly reduce the risk of genuine errors made and therefore time and money should you be the subject of HMRC visit.

Company Secretarial

We use a software based system for this which maintains the electronic file facility with Companies House. This means that maintaining and making amendments to your statutory records, filing confirmation statements can be made on a same day basis.

Business Tax

Getting the right advice about the structure of your business is crucual, as the business grows we ensure you maximise all available tax allowances and reliefs. We also provide proactive advice if you look to acquire or sell business to ease the pressure that come with this process.


Preparing payroll each month can be time consuming and complex, directing resources from core business activities. Its complexity is amplified by changing auto-enrolment, RTI, employment legislation processes and the accompanying regime of penalties for non-compliance. Whatever your business type or size (sole trader, small business or limited company), efficient payroll systems are crucial. We offer a full, flexible and tailored payroll bureau which not only relieves you of this pressure but also includes payroll advice to improve the performance of your business. Our service includes:

  • Weekly/monthly/annual payroll
  • PAYE registration
  • Advice on PAYE/CIS/National Insurance liabilities and due dates
  • Administration of statutory payments
  • Completion of statutory forms, including yearend returns to issue to your employees and submit to HMRC
  • Administration of starters and leavers
  • Advice on taxable employee benefits (eg. Company cars, employee loans)
  • Administration of incentive schemes and bonuses
  • Administration of pension schemes
  • P11D advice and completion
Personal Tax

With HMRC's new system of penalties or errors, having on of our accountants complete your annual self-assessment tax return on your behalf, can give you peace of mind. As well as preparing your returns Hunts are here to give advice on maximising your allowances and reliefs, mitigating inheritance tax liabilities and advise on capital gains issues.

Cloud accounting

Traditionally you may deliver your books and records to your accountant three months after the year end and about a month later your tax position would be calculated. In reality, you would have been unaware of your tax liability during your accounting year and therefore your tax liability would have crystallised at the year end date.

The evolution of cloud technology has enabled us to work closely with our clients and share access to the most up-to-date financial information. We have therefore heavily invested in our team to provide professional advice on the latest cloud technology to provide you with a relevant, timely financial position. Cloud technology enables us to work closely with you on a quarterly or six monthly basis to review your tax position during the financial year, enabling us to manage your tax liability not simply reacting to it months after the accounting year has ended.

Company formations

We have the facility within the office to take instruction from a client in the morning to form a new private limited company, and be able to provide them with the certificate of incorporation with full company registers, memorandum of articles of association by the close of play the same day.

Computerised Accounting

The benefits of choosing the right accounting software are considerable: simplifying clients' administrative process and providing relevant, timely and accurate information to you and to us, ensuring we focus on real-time advice, support and planning in a cost efficient way.

Cloud accounting software has the benefit of enabling our clients and us to work on your accounts jigsaw puzzle in unison: you choose which pieces you do, while we work on the rest, and both parties have  access to the full picture in real-time.

We work with Quickbooks, Xero and Sage software and are able to integrate these into your accounting services with the provision of practical advice and support.

Cloud Accounting Login

Hunts are accredited partners to market leading cloud accounting platforms
Xero and Quickbooks. Access your account via the buttons below.

If you would like more advice or just need to chat an issue through, please talk to Nick on 01935 815008
or email . Alternatively, simply provide your details here and we will call you back.

Download our App

Our free mobile tax and finance app brings our accounting tool kit to your fingertips, 24/7. Functions include our GPS mileage tracker, latest tax calculators, key tax dates, useful tax tips, and partner links to QuickBooks and Receipt Bank.

Available free from:


Video Guides

Receipt Bank
QuickBooks Online 2016 Tutorial
Tax Safe Premier Protection Scheme

Team Profile

Nick Hunt FMAAT, Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor

Managing Director

Nick began his accounting career with Yeovil based firm Hunt Wagstaff (no relation), at the tender age of 16. He qualified as a professional accountant within his first 3 years and went on to work with Marshall Beavan in Gillingham. Following a period of time travelling Europe, Nick set up Hunts Accountants in 1998 in Sherborne. Since then Nick has provided insight, strategy and accounting support to over 1100 clients, serving as accountant bedrock to businesses in Sherborne and throughout Dorset and Somerset.

Luke Vivash MAAT, Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor


Luke joined Hunts in 2012 and completed his AAT training whilst with Hunts. He is currently studying towards his ACCA qualification. In addition to preparation of clients’ accounts and VAT returns, Luke plays a key role in the implementation of Hunt’s new accounting software technologies. He is our in-house Xero expert and a Quickbooks certified advisor.

Tom Pike BA Hons

Trainee Accountant

Tom joined Hunts in 2017 after completing his degree in Accounting and Business at Bournemouth University, and is currently working towards his Chartered Certified Accountant status. Tom assists in the preparation of year end and management accounts.

Chloe King

Business Administrator

Originally from County Durham, Chloe joined Hunts in 2016. In between studying, Chloe ensures the smooth running of business administration and is proving an invaluable source of knowledge across business software systems and social media, whilst providing payroll assistance for Carolyn.

Debbie Shields FMAAT

Senior Accountant

Debbie is a highly experienced accountant and the longest serving member of the Hunts team. Before joining Hunts, Debbie spent 10 years in finance with Lloyds bank, and 2 years with accountants Butterworth Jones. Debbie gained her AAT qualification whilst taking time out to raise a family and has since become a fellow member.

Maria Sobczyk QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor


Maria completed her AAT qualification before starting a family and went on to practise accounting with her private clients from home. She brings to Hunts invaluable experience in partnerships and sole traders accounts.

Justin Babb

Trainee Accountant

Justin joined Hunts after completing his extended diploma in business. He is on an apprenticeship scheme with us and progressing through his AAT qualification.

Amy Sellick BA Hons

Practice Manager

Amy brings to Hunts an assortment of international marketing and project management experience. Having worked freelance whilst raising a family, she is enjoying the opportunity with Hunts to work with local clients, businesses and Sherborne Chamber of Trade. Amy supports across all areas of the business from marketing, HR to administration.


Senior Accountant

Jenny joined Hunts Accountants in April 2014 and brings with her a wealth of experience. She has worked with a wide range of clients from sole traders to limited companies covering all aspects of accounting from bookkeeping, VAT preparation, payroll, corporation tax and personal tax.

Hill-Yu Cheng BA Hons

Trainee Accountant

Hill-Yu joined Hunts Accountants in summer 2017. Hill-Yu recently moved back to the UK from Hong Kong having lived there for 8 years. Before moving to Hong Kong Hill-Yu completed her BA Honours Degree in Accounting and Financial Management at the University of Sheffield and is now working towards her ACCA.

Carolyn Slyfield MCIPPdip

Payroll Manager

Carolyn brings years of experience and knowledge to Hunts to run our in-house payroll bureau, managing clients’ auto-enrolment, pensions and much more!

Rebekah Bastable ATT, MAAT, Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor

Senior Accountant

Rebekah began her accountancy career with Hunts in 2009 qualifying as a professional accountant. Rebekah left Dorset to move to Bristol working for TP Lewis & Partners where she qualified as a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT). Rebekah re-joined Hunts in 2016 as a part-qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and will complete her final exams this year. Rebekah manages her own portfolio of clients and brings a wealth of professional experience and knowledge to the team.

Natasha Wiltshire MAAT


Natasha joined Hunts in 2007 and completed her AAT qualification whilst with us. In between time out to have children, Natasha has achieved her fellowship status, and is responsible for client’s accounts preparation, business and personal tax for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.

Emma Robins AAT

Practice Manager

Originally from Zimbabwe, Emma joined Hunts in 2011. After completing her AAT she was able to leverage her expertise in a Practice Management role. Following a short break on maternity leave Emma returned to Hunts as Accounts Client Manager to better utilise her accounting background.


Some accountants speak solely in numbers. Nick's language is different; he absolutely knows his numbers of course but he also listens, he makes sensible workable suggestions and his guidance is invaluable. That's why I think of him as part of my team.

Joanne Myram, MD - Positive PR

From day one Nick and his team have made us feel important and not just another client. With Hunts in our corner we have seen huge growth within our company. Hunts have helped guide us throughout this period and become a crucial member of our team. Nick has not always told me what I wanted to hear and that degree of honesty has proved invaluable to me as we move forward.

Robert Rice, Director - Robert Rice Contractors Ltd

We have been associated with Hunts Accountants for many years. They go above and beyond what is required not only in service but quality of advice. Their expertise in looking after our accounts is second to none. Part of the service we receive is quarterly meetings with them, which has enabled us to grow our business in a very competitive market and move quickly when required. Nick has built up a great team who look after us - why would we go anywhere else?

Glenn Coombs, Director - Shelleys The Printers

Nick has been my accountant since the outset of my business in 1997, both of us as new companies. In this time Nick has always been open to ideas and professional with his advice, even if it wasn’t what I wanted to hear! His innovative approach is always up to date, with a flexible working relationship which has been of great benefit to the progress of our business. I would have no hesitation in recommending him and his team for all areas of accountancy.

Robbie Roskell, Director - Robbie Roskell Architectural & Building Consultants Ltd

We have not looked back since moving to Hunts. It has been so much easier to get answers to our questions and we value Nick's personal input when we invite him to contribute to our meetings. Nick's team has an excellent work ethic and it is a testament to him and his staff that they have recently had to expand into new offices.

David Stewart, Director - Sherborne Cottage Building Company Ltd

Hunts have been our accountants for the last three years and during this time we have found them to be very helpful, efficient and knowledgeable to our needs. Their business advice has been invaluable and has enabled our small business to continue to prosper through tough times. The service they provide is excellent, with friendly staff always ready to give that personal touch.

Kevin & Susan Pearson, Owners - The White Hart Inn, Corfe, Taunton

I have used Hunts for the last fifteen years. I consider that a large part of the success of my business has been as a direct result of Nick's sound but imaginative advice. Whenever I have a financial issue I never hesitate to ring Nick for a chat and I always look forward to our meetings, he might be an accountant but he is never dull.

Beverly Martin, Owner and Director - St Denis Lodge


  • 13th February 2018

    Hunts GDPR workshop

    With just over 3 months to go until GDPR becomes EU regulation, Hunts took the opportunity to host a work shop for our clients and other local businesses, guided by expert speaker Mark Gracey from Flavourfy Digital. 

    Based on the success of this event we look forward to organising more events in the future which will tackle hot business topics we feel our clients and local businesses will benefit from. Watch this space!

  • 7th February 2018

    Welcome back Tash and Emma

    We're very pleased to welcome Tash and Emma back to the team following their time away on maternity leave.

  • 21st December 2017


    Congratulations to team member Luke and his family on the birth of their baby boy. 

News archive


We are always interested to hear from talented individuals looking to take the next step in their career.
Please address your CV to Nick Hunt at: Hunts Accountants, The Old Pump House, Oborne Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3RX or email .
See below for details of our current vacancies.

The team at Hunts is continuously growing therefore, if there aren't currently any vacancies available there will be in the near future. Please do still send us your CV, we keep them all on file for review when vacancies arise. 

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Hunts Accountants
The Old Pump House
Oborne Road

01935 815 008