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

We bring extensive expertise in this field. Led by a team of qualified accountants and chartered tax advisors, 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.

HMRC checks in with Airbnb hosts

November 28, 2023

In recent months, Airbnb has handed over data regarding user activity to HMRC, who, in turn, has begun contacting Airbnb hosts, requesting they file any undeclared earnings from the home-sharing site.
Some reports assert that 19,000 Airbnb hosts have […]

Autumn Statement 2023 – Champion’s Reaction

November 22, 2023

Today, chancellor Jeremy Hunt outlined his Autumn Statement and key decisions affecting the nation’s finances. Despite the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) downgrading UK economic growth forecasts for 2024 (1.8% down to 0.7%) and 2025 (2.5% d […]

Champion Round-Up | 8th November

November 8, 2023

Champion Round-Up | By Ged Cosgrove, group managing partner
We recently welcomed a new cohort of budding trainees at Champion, a tradition – and landmark moment – we uphold each year.
The arrival of fresh new talent across all our offices is poig […]

Preparing to sell? Top tips from business sale experts, Cleveland Scott

November 8, 2023

Have you ever considered just how many £millions you need to live a comfortable life? Well, personal aspirations is the very first question we pose to our clients when we embark on the exciting journey of preparing their business for a successful sa […]

Champion Round-Up | 31st August

August 31, 2023

Champion Round-Up | By Ged Cosgrove, group managing partner
As we bid farewell to summer and September beckons, let’s take a moment to embrace a new season filled with fresh beginnings. For us at Champion, it means celebrating exam success, welcomi […]


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