About Best Accountancy

Best Accountancy Plymouth, John and AngelaIn 2002, husband and wife team, John and Angela Best, decided to leave the prestigious Plymouth based accountancy firm and set up on their own.

In May 2003, they initially rented a room in a back office space, but with the help of longstanding contacts and many business card drops, the business rapidly grew.

Very soon they had employed a number of people to help them with the demand for their services. These people took a gamble on a new business and are still part of the team.

Best Accountancy moved around the Plymouth area before settling into new offices in Colebrook in 2006.

With an ever growing team, Best Accountancy caters for all types of businesses and individuals for accounts and tax. More than that, it aims to provide a truly personal and sensitive service – removing the stress of administration and providing forward thinking solutions for all the clients’ financial needs.

Here at Best Accountancy, we pride ourselves on being a trusted business that the team are be proud to be a part of. Not only do we cater to the needs of our clients, whether a start-up, small business or large corporation, but we constantly aim to improve our service through training to offer the best assistance possible.

When compared to other accountancy firms, we are certainly competitive and offer good value for money. We believe everyone deserves an accountancy firm that leaves them feeling confident that their finances are in good hands.

We aim to organically grow our business by using our clients’ feedback as testimonials to the good job that we are doing – take their word for it! Not only that, but we offer free business reviews to both our new clients and loyal customers too.

Meet the Team

John Best FMAAT
John Best FMAATDirector

As Managing Director of the practice, I have many hats so to speak. In respect of clients, it is my job to find and meet new prospective customers and provide advice and peace of mind that their affairs can be taken care of professionally by my team of experts.

I must keep myself continuously up to date with legislation from a Technical point of view and also ensure that I network with other experts in their fields to be able to offer true consultive advice.

Finally, and the with the help of Angela, I pay the bills! and attempt to keep the staff happy and engaged to ensure we maintain a top level of service to our clients so the experience is positive for all who interact with us.

I am blessed to be married to Angela (co-director) and have three beautiful daughters. These are now approaching adulthood themselves. We are incredibly proud of how they have grown up and all are doing very well both academically and socially. They are all very different in personalities and interested but bring lots of fun and love to our family.

When I am not working, I am generally training as I am hooked on Triathlons. While I have done a full ironman back in 2016, I mainly train for the half ironman distances now and am hoping to fulfil the goal of representing SB in my age group at some point. I am treasurer for the Plymouth Triathlon Club and Bowel Cancer West and support CHICKS among other local and national charities.

I still have a love of football and cars and will happily chat about these things rather than Tax and VAT.

Angela Best
Angela BestDirector
I am one of the directors at Best Accountancy Services, along with my husband John. At work, my part time duties are to maintain all of our own internal bookkeeping and accounts, prepare our payroll and generally oversee internal administration. I also help to provide training bookkeeping assistance for clients on both Sage and Xero software.

Outside of work, in addition to bringing up three beautiful daughters, I like to give myself a few challenges. Recent activities have included travelling to Mexico as a leader for my church youth group to do some charity work, running the Plymouth Half Marathon and numerous triathlons.

At home, I am passionate about cooking and my recent hobby – which is a far more sedate activity – is sewing. I enjoy making clothes for myself and my family and have made many new friends in the sewing community worldwide by sharing ideas and makes via Social Media, otherwise I like to chill out and relax – but with three kids that doesn’t happen as much as I’d like!

Neil Davis
Neil DavisSenior Accounts Manager
I joined Best Accountancy back in January 2004, when the firm was in its infancy, being John’s first employee and have been a permanent fixture ever since. My principal role within the practice is looking after Limited Companies, Charities and Clubs and the disclosure requirements attached with running such entities alongside tax planning for directors. I also look after and assist with the more complex tax cases within the practice.

When I am not at my desk I enjoy hitting the squash court two or three times a week. I am also part of team which plays snooker on Tuesday evenings in the Plymouth and District Snooker League. Apart from the usual sports I am a keen petrol head and have been known to take the “Scooby” for a thrash around Castle Coombe and France on the boys yearly tour. I also enjoy a spot of cooking and Thursday evenings are curry nights, with the hottest curry winning!

Jamie Parr MAAT
Jamie Parr MAATAccounts & Bookkeeping

Having worked closely with Best Accountancy over the past few years and witnessing their professional approach to ensuring clients are looked after; I decided to step on board with John, Angela and the team to look after their bookkeeping portfolio and accounts production for Sole Trades, Partnerships and Limited Companies. I am also responsible for the preparation of VAT Returns and Management Accounts.

I also troubleshoot client issues with accounting software like Xero and Sage and rectify potential errors. I can assist clients gaining confidence in using Xero and Sage themselves and learning the knowledge required to use the software comfortably and generate vital reporting tools to aid the running of their business effectively.

Outside of work I enjoy various forms of angling from specialised specimen fishing to general coarse fishing both in the UK and abroad. I also run a photography business alongside my accountancy work which keep me busy throughout the year.
Alexa Whyatt FMAAT
Alexa Whyatt FMAATPersonal Tax Manager

I have worked in Personal Tax for over 25 years and benefited from experiencing all areas of Personal Tax planning. I have known John and Angela for many years having worked together in my first job, and it was an easy decision to work with them again.

I primarily manage the unincorporated cases such as Partnerships, Sole Trades, Rental businesses and Wealthy individuals. I also plan remuneration packages and look to make tax efficiencies.

Outside of the office I am mum to two lively boys who keep me on my toes. In my free time I enjoy hiking and cycling and have been lucky enough to take part in charity events organised by Women V Cancer. My biggest adventure to date has been a 400km cycle through Tanzania, but I am always looking for the next challenge.
Tracy Reynolds
Tracy Reynolds Senior Payroll Administrator & Bookkeeper

I joined Best Accountancy in September 2019. I am currently taking care of all aspects of Payroll on behalf of the Business, which includes ensuring that our clients meet all Auto Enrolment Pension duties and keeping up to date with changes relating to Rates and Thresholds. I also help our with Bookkeeping when possible.

Having spent 20 years working in London in the Music Industry, I am now enjoying being back in the West Country, where I am lucky to have family and friends around me.

Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my daughter, being a taxi for her many clubs! I love family camping holidays in France, swimming and the odd cocktail or two.

Macauley Brammer
Macauley BrammerAccounts assistant and Bookkeeping
I work in the Tax department and prepare unincorporated Accounts, Rental Statements and Tax Returns. I have worked with Sole trades, Partnerships and Rental businesses to find tax efficiencies and meet important compliance deadlines.

I also prepare a number of bookkeeping cases and keep up to date with the Accountancy software packages such as Xero and Sage.

Outside of work, my passion is for travel and I have been lucky enough to visit many countries and experience the culture in some major cities. I am always planning my next trip away and have a long list of destinations yet to see!
Kathryn Gill
Kathryn GillCorporate & Non-Corporate Accounts Assistant

I have extensive experience in all aspects of Accountancy practice including bookkeeping, limited accounts, unincorporated accounts and personal tax. I currently work in the Corporate Department looking after Limited clients with the preparation of accounts and annual returns, although I still keep up to date with the latest Tax Legislation by helping out in the Tax department during busy periods.

I enjoy learning new topics and I am always on the lookout for ways to build my technical knowledge.

Outside of work, I enjoy going for long walks with my three crazy dogs. Which, in turn, enables another hobby of mine which is Photography. I mainly like to take pictures of animals and landscapes. When I am not walking or taking photos, I enjoy socialising by going out for a nice meal or to the cinema… Or maybe just a quiet night at home.
Kerrie Maltby
Kerrie MaltbySenior Bookkeeper & Payroll Administrator
I have worked in the Accountancy industry for 17 years gaining a broad experience in different areas of the business predominantly Bookkeeping, tax and payroll.

I work in the Company’s bookkeeping department which has seen a big surge in growth due to the introduction of MTD. I’m always happy to assist with any queries I can help clients with.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. My daughter keeps me very busy and we love to go ice-skating together. I enjoy baking, knitting, crocheting, eating and drinking!
Kate Gosling
Kate GoslingApprentice Bookkeeper, Accounts and Payroll Assistant
I joined Best Accountancy in July 2020 – right in the middle of a pandemic! I help out in the Bookkeeping Department undertaking numerous different roles. I also assist with payroll from time-to-time and help out with lots of general admin around the office.
I also train (and keep up to date with) different Accounting Software’s like Xero and Sage.
Outside of work I enjoy socialising with my friends and family. I enjoy going on long walks through the woods or on the beach and I love to read a good book. I enjoy listening to music and dancing around the kitchen with my crazy family. I love baking and cooking, but on a cosy night in, I love a good TV series to watch with a blanket and a cup of tea!

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