RETAIL

We're all over the detail.

Fast-paced, ever-twisting, always turning. The retail rollercoaster won’t slow down. And to keep up, you need advisers who’ve supported your peers, with the experience and fresh ideas to spot opportunities – and take them.

The figures are impressive. Worth over £421bn in the UK alone. The retail sector is changing. And not just since the impact of Covid on the High Street. In 2021 30% of all retail sales were made online. And that number is steadily increasing.

RETAIL ROCKS. AND WE LOVE IT

Sure, loads of firms will say the same. But loads of firms lack the expertise, credentials and connections to back that up.

With active relationships with more than a third of large retailers in the Midlands. Along with a portfolio of retail clients based across the UK. We’re a leading adviser in the sector, and we’re rightfully proud of the clients we act for and the work we deliver – both for and with them.

Our clients include grocers, petrol stations, convenience stores, fashion retailers, sports and outdoors retailers, online entrepreneurs and High Street names. Not quite the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker, but pretty much everyone in between. We work with online retailers. And bricks and mortar-based stores. Others operating with a mixed approach. Keeping a high street presence alongside growing their ecommerce route to customers.

We work with start-up businesses at all stages of their lifecycle. Many on a huge and rapid growth journey as they smash their targets. B Corp companies and those on a journey, like us, to achieve B Corp status. Privately owned businesses. Private Equity backed businesses. And retail businesses seeking investment.

And with our experience in supporting retail ranging from full statutory audits to special, tailored projects, we know how to form a partnership that makes a lasting difference and adds real value for you and your stakeholders.

That’s why many of our relationships are long-standing; some over 15 years. Plus, the vast majority of our work comes from referrals and recommendations. So, we must be doing something right.

WE KNOW WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT

And we know it all too well. Why? Our Head of Retail, Cat Kelly, is also Chair of the ICAEW Retail Advisory Group, leading the accountancy industry’s response to over 5,000 members of the retail community, as well as liaising with the government on what’s critical to the market. 

A number of our team have spent time “on the other side of the desk”, working for large retail businesses including Dunelm, Boots, NEXT and Co-op. And we frequently send secondees to help out in our clients’ businesses, building our team’s practical and commercial experience in the process. 

We help our clients develop their in-house finance resource. To keep pace with growth ambitions. Helping them get the processes and tech in place to succeed. Our Outsourcing team can provide extra bandwidth in your finance team during times of change. 

We can be the extra pair of hands that you need. They work with dynamic and rapidly growing retail businesses. Particularly those with a focus on e-commerce platforms. 

Check out the different ways the CP team can support you below, meet the awesome people making it happen, and find out what makes us the perfect partner to help you navigate the retail rollercoaster – with enough time to enjoy the ride.

Our Experts

CP EVENTS

REVIEWS

PAUL, JAN 2024

“Excellent service for our first year audit.”

DAVID, JAN 2024

“R&D Claim: The results were better than expected. The additional cash will enable us to increase profitability”

ALAN, JAN 2024

“R&D Claim: The results were not as good as previous years. The additional cash will allow us to further invest in our R&D program.”

STUART, JAN 2024

“Great to have a personal relationship with the whole team. Always willing to help. Sometimes a little slow to respond on some issues (but then again so are we). Audit team are brilliant, bar audits far to long now owing to the amount of sample data we have to provide, which is hard when you have a small team and limited time.”

CLAIRE, JAN 2024

“Great team, and much improved communication and pro-active engagement over the past three months.”

MARK, DEC 2023

ROB, DEC 2023

“R&D Claim: Having worked with the R&D team at CP for a few years now, I had a good idea what to expect. As per usual they exceeded our expectations. The additional cash will allow us to invest in our fleet.”

RICHARD, DEC 2023

“Excellent service. Need to ensure pricing is competitive.”

DAVID, OCT 2023

“Good insights provided. Nice team to deal with. Need more consistency of team members and where this is not possible a better handover should be provided to new members. Need strong manager oversight on all audits, in particular where there are complex transactions etc. Improved communication between audit team and finance functions within the business.”

LUCIA, JUN 2023

“Final Packs are taking too long, communication”