Cobley Desborough has been serving businesses and taxpayers in the Midlands, and latterly the whole of the UK, for well over a century. You only achieve that sort of longevity in this business by applying an implacable focus to giving the client what they really want from their accountant. And right at the top of any client's list of expectations is that their accountant is going to keep the amount of tax they pay to the absolute minimum. As a wise old judge once remarked, no man in this country is under the smallest obligation, moral or other, so to arrange his business as to enable the Inland Revenue to put the largest possible shovel into his stores.

All of our partners and managers have a huge amount of experience in tax, as you would expect from a firm of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Serviced Areas

  • Northampton & Wellingborough & Kettering

Contact Details

  Website
  City Northampton
  Postcode NN4 7BF
  Address Artisans' House, 7 Queensbridge
  Phone Number 016 0482 3560
  Fax 01604 823588

Products & Services

We will help you to:

decide on the most suitable structure for your business - sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership or limited company;
prepare a business plan, cashflow projections, budgets, and trading forecasts;
assess the finance requirements, advise on the best sources of finance and draw up the necessary proposals;
establish a good working relationship with your bank;
complete any registration procedures with Companies House and H M Revenue & Customs;
deal with company secretarial issues;
set up a recording system for your internal use and for complying with statutory requirements;
decide on what computer hardware to buy and help with the installation of accountancy software;
keep on top of bookkeeping, VAT, payroll and other accounting requirements; and
help with all aspects of business compliance and administration.


As tax advisers in Northampton, our objective is to work closely with you to ensure you pay the minimum tax required by law. We will help you to understand the tax implications of your actions, in order that you can plan ahead and conduct your affairs in a tax efficient way.

Customer Testimonials

I set up my one man band law firm in April 2012 and retained Cobley Desborough who I have been associated with for over 30 years, as my Accountants. Immediately my confidence in them was rewarded. I previously retained a "top 20" practice who completely lacked the proactivity and empathy that they have in spades.


Having decided to change our accountant, Cobley Desborough came highly recommended. Our experience has been nothing short of exceptional, showing a real depth of knowledge and professionalism together with an extremely friendly and efficient service at all times. It is invaluable to have such confidence with Cobley Desborough looking after our affairs and we too strongly recommend their services.

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From Our Website

The first decades of our practice are closely linked to the Northampton Artisans & Labourers Friend Society, which was a building society established in 1842 to help working class families buy their own homes. The practice was founded by Arthur Tustin, who was Secretary of the Artisans for 51 years. From 1906 he was listed in Leas Northampton Directory under accountants at the Artisans offices at 2a Newland Chambers, the site of which is now Grosvenor Chambers in the Market Square entrance to the Grosvenor Centre.


In today's complicated and strictly regulated financial services market, providing independent financial advice requires specialist knowledge.


Your professional and personal goals are central to our consulting services; we take the time to get to know you better so we can offer the best advice. Our management consultancy service can review your credit control, stock control, budgeting and financial reporting systems and allow you to take full control of these key areas of your business. We can also help you address specific problem areas in your business such as gross profit, cost control and stock valuation. Effective management information will allow you to seize opportunities when they arise or identify problems quickly so you can take effective corrective action.


We provide a range of compliance services to support all aspects of business administration. We can help you by making sure accounts are prepared in the correct format, statutory books and other company secretarial records are kept up-to-date and that all statutory returns are prepared. Our experienced team will relieve you of the regulatory burden and leave you more time to concentrate on other areas of your business. In short, we will make sure everything is in the right format, in the right place and at the right time.


Most people starting up in business in Northampton and across Northamptonshire do so because they have a good business proposition and the enterprise and commitment to see it through. However, they may not be experts in the legal and financial aspects of running a business and such matters often appear daunting. Fortunately you do not need to be an expert in these fields to succeed in business but you do need the support of a team of trained experts.


The combination of your business knowledge and our support services will help your business to grow and increase profitability. Regular management information is vital to the continued success of any business. We work closely with you to get to know your business so we can make suggestions to help improve profits or to develop and grow your business. We can prepare your monthly or quarterly management accounts to ensure you always have reliable and accurate information on which to base your business decisions.


VAT registered businesses act as unpaid tax collectors and are required to account both promptly and accurately for all the tax revenue collected by them. This factsheet highlights some of the areas that you need to consider when running your business. Cash accounting enables a business to account for and pay VAT on the basis of cash received and paid rather than on the basis of invoices issued and received. The factsheet explains the workings of cash accounting. The VAT flat rate scheme for small businesses potentially reduces the administrative burden imposed when operating VAT.


Cobley Desborough distinguishes itself by the quality in personnel and investment in technology. We have an extremely loyal work force evidenced by a very low rate of staff turnover. You need a team that's highly professional with strong resources. And one that brings something extra to the party - experience. Yet you also need a supportive business partner who can help turn your business challenges into opportunities. Like you, we run our own business - so we know what it's like on your side of the desk.