Satellites, rockets, in fact anything that goes up into space will be made up many small components, each one vital as the next. It’s the same with your business. Your business needs all of its components to synchronise so that it works. We take care of all those smaller pieces leaving you to focus on your products.

By working with businesses in the space industry we know what help and advice you need to get your company off the ground and operating efficiently. We will take care of payroll, tax and everything else relating to your accounts and will offer advice as and when you need it. You have the reassurance of knowing if something is important to you, then it is important to us.

The space industry is different, so you need to make sure your business advisors and accountants truly understand and appreciate how it operates. To get closer to our clients in the space industry we operate a satellite office at the Harwell,technology campus which is one of the UKs largest space sector clusters, situated just south of Oxford.

Our office in Guildford puts us on the doorstep of the exciting companies that are emerging from the University of Surrey’s ‘Surrey Space Incubator’.


The starting point for any venture is setting up your entity. Getting this right is vitally important to its success and we can help you make the right decision.

The next step is advising you on a suitable structure for your entity. We can help you decide when and how to attract investors and putting a shareholders agreement in place so everyone is protected.

Often under utilised but very important are the government schemes can give your venture a much needed boost. We have helped clients claim thousands of pounds through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), both can help you secure investment.


Getting something into orbit is hard, keeping it in space can be equally hard. Once your venture is up and running we can assist you in keeping it running smoothly with; VAT applications; payroll; human resource management; tax advice; PAYE schemes; audit services; P11d.

Inevitably you are likely to be investing in research and development. The government offers Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits and we can help you with your claim. We have already claimed thousands of pounds for clients that they were entitled to but were unaware of.

If you are making products that you need to patent, you may be entitled to the UK Patent Box scheme. This entitles successful applicants to pay less Corporation Tax on all income that is generated by these patented innovations; we can help you with this.


We are more than just accountants, we offer business advisory services and have a specialist corporate finance team. This means that if you want to sell your business or even purchase another, we have a team that already knows your business and is ready to get the best deal for you.

As mid-tier firm we are big enough to have the skills and experience you need, but small enough that we can guarantee that every piece of work will receive direct supervision from your dedicated partner. Something that really sets us apart from our competitors is that we are founding members of the Alliott Group, this is an international alliance of over 170 firms across 70 countries, so if your venture goes global we are able to replicate our services worldwide.

If you would like further information on how we can help make your space industry venture a success, then please contact Chris Cairns or Luke Bath.

Testimonials from Clients in the Space Sector

Being an experienced business advisor combined with his friendly approach, he is well placed for companies to get that essential business support they need.

Gemma Wilson, ESA Business Incubation Centre Harwell Support Manager, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Chris, with his friendly outgoing personality is often on hand to help the start-up companies.

Mark Burrows, Development Manager, STFC Harwell Campus

His and Alliotts' contacts in the Space and other industry sectors are untypical of similar professional advisers

Angus Horner, Director of the Harwell Campus Partnership

Chris Cairns
Chris Cairns
Luke Bath
Luke Bath
Nick Watterson
Nick Watterson
His and Alliotts contacts in the Space and other industry sectors are untypical of similar professional advisors

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