Progressive, agile and commercial

Everything you should get from a firm of accountants but probably never had.

Professional yet approachable.

We are your trusted advisers.

Big 4 expertise at small firm prices

Our background from one of the Big 4 accounting firms gives you access to the expertise of a top tier accounting and advisory firm at the price and speed of a more understanding firm.

Agile to your changing needs

You have continually changing needs that large accounting firms can’t always react to. That is exactly why we created brown&co, to give you what you need, when you need it.

Like minded

At heart we are entrepreneurial just like you. We find it so much easier to work with like minded people and teams that share similar values to us and understand where each other are coming from.

“We set up brown&co because we really wanted to help people run their businesses, rather than their businesses running them.”

Chris Brown, managing director

We are a commercially focused business, not your traditional accountant. We are 100% cloud based, always looking to utilise the latest technology to help drive efficiencies for the people and businesses we work with.

We act for clients both nationally and internationally, ranging from owner managed businesses to large corporate groups.

Meet the team

We all love our work just a bit too much. That’s not a bad thing for you though.

Chris Brown BFP, FCA, ATT

Managing Director

Chris is the founder and managing director of brown&co, having previously spent nearly 8 years at KPMG.

He is a Chartered Accountant and tax specialist, providing tax planning and advice on both a corporate and personal level.

Chris has over 25 years experience in the accountancy profession.

Emma Brown BA (Hons)

Operational Director

Emma is the co-founder and operational director of brown&co.

Emma says “My aim is to create a happy flexible working environment, where the team feel supported and have everything they need to achieve their goals and those of our clients.

We have an exceptional first class team who go the extra mile in all they do and together we can accomplish great things.”

Jake Ashurst ACCA

Client manager

Jake is an ACCA qualified accountant and before joining us in 2020, spent 9 years at one of the largest accountancy firms on the Fylde Coast.

He is responsible for providing advisory and compliance services to our limited company clients to help them develop and grow their businesses.

Jake says “I joined brown&co to work with a firm that is leading the way with technology and systems and also because of their extensive client base which has enabled me expand and enhance my technical knowledge.”

Zoe Kelly ACCA

Client manager

Zoe is both AAT and ACCA qualified accountant and after 15 years or working within finance in the public sector followed her passion by joining us and working in an accountancy practice.

She is responsible for managing the sole traders, partnerships and limited companies within the practice, providing personal tax advice to individuals.

Zoe says “I’m a Xero certified advisor and enjoy using apps to help clients work more efficiently so they can focus on running their business.”

Melissa Farrington ACCA

Assistant client manager

Melissa is an ACCA qualified accountant and joined us in 2021, after spending a number of years at one of the largest accountancy firms on the Fylde Coast.

She uses her expertise with technology, particularly Xero and Dext, to help both companies and individuals be more efficient and help them grow.

Melissa says “One of the main things I enjoy about my role at brown&co is working with a wide variety of people and businesses, and being able to use my expertise to help them grow and succeed.”

David Hughes AAT

Payroll consultant

David is AAT qualified and has been with us right from the start of founding brown&co.

He assists with managing the payroll for some of our biggest clients, as well as providing book-keeping, accounts and VAT services.

David says “Being able to provide accurate payroll information for hundreds of employees every month for the last 10 years has allowed our clients to focus more on their businesses rather than on administration.”

Dina Wills

Accounts assistant

Dina is qualified by experience, having previously run her own business whilst managing the accounting and finances for it.

She helps with book-keeping and accounts preparation for sole traders and limited companies.

Dina is a Dext expert in order to help clients be more efficient with their day to day running and to help them become paperless.

Louise Parrish AAT

Accounts assistant

Louise is both ICB and AAT qualified and joined us in 2020 as it was a great opportunity for her to use her qualifications in an accountancy practice to see the whole accounts picture.

She helps with book-keeping and accounts preparation for sole traders and limited companies, using her expertise with tools such as Xero and Dext.

Louise says “Working at brown&co his given me opportunity to work with great people, put my hard earned qualifications into practice, and to help clients.”

Amy Barker

Payroll assistant

Amy is part AAT qualified and joined us in 2021 after managing the payroll bureau for another firm of accountants.

She assists with running the payroll and setting up clients on our employee payment portal, so employees can be paid quickly and accurately.

Amy says “I joined brown&co because they were such a professional and enthusiastic team. They are friendly, positive and approachable and the whole team is so helpful.”

Mike Lovell Dip PFS

Associate – Financial Adviser

Mike works very closely with us to provide financial planning services, including investment and pension advice.

He has previously worked in some of the biggest banks, building societies and financial institutions.

He has a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and is regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Everything you need and more from a chartered accountant

Get in touch