A BOLTON-based accountancy firm has seen high demand in its services over the last year despite the challenges of Covid-19.

Gorilla Accounting, based in Lostock, have made huge changes in their operations over the past year.

The technology-driven accountancy firm, exclusively for contractors and freelancers, was born after a group of specialist accountants with decades of experience decided that accounting shouldn’t be a laborious process - packed with steep charges and a personal accountant that’s never to be seen.

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Richard Hepburn, operations manager, said: “As accountants, we have needed to adapt to the changing environment and different government support schemes that have been made available and may be applicable to our clients.

“We have IT services and remote working capabilities that can support the accountant team with our current client base, and phone systems that work remotely too.

“The full accounting team has been available and working remotely during Covid-19.”

During the pandemic, the company has advised, supported, and made submissions on their client’s behalf for the relevant support schemes, including the Job Retention scheme.

And staff have continued offering local expertise to service-led individuals, such as contractors, freelancers and locums.

In particular, they have seen a strong demand for their buy to let accountancy service - due to the stamp duty holiday, an increase in property purchases and more overall demand in this area.

Looking ahead, Mr Hepburn said: “We aim to continue to grow our client base by offering a better service than our competitors, and ensuring our clients receive the best possible guidance and advice specific to their needs.

“We would like to maintain our top-ranked position on Trustpilot as we continue to grow.”

Gorilla Accounting aims to continue to support its clients by advising on any tax updates as and when they happen, such as the new IR35 tax legislation, while ensuring that its team is ready to support its clients remotely throughout 2021.

Mr Hepburn added: “We have embraced the digitalisation of accounting and our service has developed to incorporate this.

“We feel the days of needing a local accountant to pop in and see clients with a file of receipts are over.

“We are proud to offer the same great service to all our clients, wherever they are based.”