We are true business advisors, specialising in supporting our clients from start-up to sale.

At Champion Accountants, we support owner-managed SMEs and entrepreneurs across every sector, advising on all aspects of running a business and at every stage of their growth journey.

Our range of expert business advisory and accountancy services have been developed over 50 years and have built us a market-leading reputation. As one of the North West’s leading accountancy groups, we have forged a nationwide footprint and a reputation for exceptional quality, professionalism and innovation.

As an SME ourselves – having grown from one site to four and now employing 100+ business experts, qualified accountants, qualified tax advisors and support teams – we have lived and breathed the opportunities and challenges that come with running a business. Doing so provides us with a unique insight into our clients’ worlds and an ability to deliver bespoke solutions.


“I’m so pleased with our relationship with Champion – honestly, they are brilliant! Their advisors have added so much to our group of businesses and I really value their opinion and viewpoint. The whole team is extremely detail-orientated, unlike other advisors who may skim over things.

“They pick up on even the most minor of points, going on to explain how it could be relevant to X, Y and Z. The staff always go above and beyond – they recently worked on a Saturday helping me meet a deadline for our parent company! Another accountant may have left it because it was outside of normal practice hours, but my client manager worked in his own time to make sure that we met our deadline.

“Champion are a huge asset, especially as they understand the different stakeholders within our business that I need to answer to. It’s really comforting to know that I’ve an experienced and intelligent advisor as an ally, and even though we’re based in London, they’re always happy to come and explain things in detail face to face.”

Jen Thompson, Head of Finance at CRATE Brewery


“We’ve had a great working relationship with Champion Accountants for a number of years now. Over time, they’ve become an extension of our team. I know I can trust my advisers completely; they know our organisation inside out and have a genuine interest in our success – because they’ve been on our business journey with us.

“We’ve grown significantly in recent years, and as our needs have changed, they’ve adjusted their services to make sure we always have the support we require, allowing us to focus on the bigger picture.

“Running a business can be hectic, but Champion are always on hand to answer any questions. They’re responsive and understand the need for flexibility – it’s not like a traditional accountant where you can only contact them during 9-5. Put simply, the Champion team are a huge asset to our business!”

Emma Elliott, Commercial Director for Unibox


“Francis House Family Trust has had a long association with Champion Accountants in their capacity as auditors to the charity.

“Our audit is always completed on a timely basis in order to meet the requirements of presenting the financial statements at the AGM, which is usually held within four months of the year-end.

“The guidance and assistance Champion has given us over the years has proved invaluable and they have always conducted themselves in a professional manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to other charitable organisations.”

Revd David Ireland, CEO, Francis House Children’s Hospice


“I have previous experience of claiming R&D Tax Relief, but it isn’t something that, as a company, we felt ready to pursue as our product is in its infancy. After we were informed of Champion’s previous work in helping fellow manufacturers claim R&D relief, we contacted them for support.

“Champion’s R&D advisors visited us in person, on site, and explained the whole process from start to finish. Everything was made to feel straight forward and the customer experience throughout the whole application has been excellent.

“Our R&D payment will mostly be used to undertake more research and development as we scale up the manufacturing of our product, and will enable us to purchase new machinery which will be essential in meeting the demand for our service.”

Martin Williams, Engineering Director at Cryoblast Deflashing UK Ltd

Our services & expertise

Businesses need proactive and committed advisors who can provide real insight and expertise, and our comprehensive range of business advisory and accountancy services do just that.

Our services ensure management teams can achieve their immediate and future aims and are delivered by a specialist and highly qualified team.

From core compliance services to financial support, Champion Accountants is a name you can trust.

Business Advisory

Business Advisory

Whether you’re a newly formed start-up, striving for growth, or have your sights set on selling your company, our expert business advisors can help you achieve your goals. Our business advisory services are specially designed to support the needs of SMEs. We understand the challenges that owner-managers face, and our innovative support services reduce your day to day stresses to ensure you can concentrate on your business.

Cloud Accounting

Cloud Accounting

The digital tax revolution has seen our management accounts service rapidly expand and evolve to help SMEs navigate the complexities of Making Tax Digital (MTD). Every business is unique, and we have already helped thousands of teams embrace online and cloud accounting software to drive greater efficiency and accuracy to ultimately deliver success.

Research & Development Tax Relief

Research & Development (R&D) Tax Relief

Having already identified more than £40million in R&D Tax Relief for our clients, with a 100% success rate in making claims, we bring extensive expertise in this field. Led by a team of qualified accountants, chartered tax advisors and R&D specialists, it’s our mission to help more businesses identify which elements of their work qualify for R&D Tax Relief, unlocking hidden capital so they can put it to best use within their business.



Our expert compliance teams leverage their specialist skillsets and industry insight to provide a bespoke service to both businesses and individuals, which spans accounts preparation, audit and tax compliance.

Complying with the necessary accountancy and tax rules is essential and proving increasingly difficult in today’s ever-changing regulatory environment. Our compliance services give clients the peace of mind that their financial affairs are being looked after, eliminating unnecessary hassle and stress.

The Champion Team.

Our accountancy practices span Manchester, Chester, Preston and Blackpool and house a hand-picked team of specialist SME accountants and business advisors who deliver exceptional service and add real value to our clients.

Our people are essential to the ongoing success of our own business and those of our clients, which is why we are committed to nurturing and developing every employee. From entry-level Trainees through to Partner level, we give every member of the Champion team the opportunity to learn, grow and develop a successful and rewarding career, supported with the right training, qualifications and progression opportunities.

Whatever the size of your business, we adopt a practical and simplified approach to finance. We remove any complex jargon to focus on what truly matters – your business.

News & Insights.

Changes to R&D tax relief

August 2, 2022

On 20 July 2022 – dubbed Legislation Day or ‘L-Day’ – the Government issued draft legislation for the Finance Bill 2022/23, which includes reforms to the research and development (R&D) tax relief schemes. Here at Champion, we’ve helped […]

Cryptocurrency and Tax: A beginner’s guide

July 19, 2022

You may have heard of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, or seen PayPal supporting ‘crypto’ payments, and thought they sound like another language. As cryptocurrency creeps into the mainstream, we’ve pulled together a beginner’s guid […]

An interview with Champion: Successful gaming influencers

July 1, 2022

According to the most recent valuation, the UK gaming industry is worth around £7.16billion (2021) and, for the most popular gaming influencers on streaming platforms, such as Twitch, YouTube and Facebook, it can lead to a lucrative income.
For many […]

Tax considerations for social media influencers & gamers

June 21, 2022

Influencer culture is now a wide ranging and lucrative business. With digital platforms like Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube launching hobbyists into unexpected careers, the booming sector has disrupted how brands market to their customers, a […]

Champion Round-up | 17th June

June 17, 2022

Written by Ged Cosgrove, group managing partner
Sometimes it’s easier to focus on the hardships we face in life than to think about all the positive things that emanate from a situation. But I think there’s just cause to take a step back and expl […]


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