Portland was founded in 2001 by Tim Allan, following a career spanning the worlds of political and business communications.

Prior to founding the firm Tim had held influential positions working for Tony Blair in Opposition and then in 10 Downing Street, initially as a key media adviser during the successful 1997 general election campaign and then as Deputy Press Secretary during the early years of the Blair government.

However, when setting up his own business he knew he wanted a no-nonsense firm of accountants who understood the needs of a new, but influential communications business.


“Grunberg & Co was involved from the very start of the business, before it had even been officially launched. I had been speaking with a friend and they recommended the firm, as they said they had the know-how to start a business successfully.

“They were very helpful as we got the business off the ground and they talked us through all of the necessary processes in a straightforward manner.

“What initially stood out to us was that they weren’t a flashy office. We didn’t want a big flashy accountant; we wanted a firm that was professional and good value for money, with experience of working with our sector.

“From the very beginning they were exactly that, professional and friendly – in fact, I found their small, but interesting, office very reassuring.

“I had studied accounts but at the time of launching the business I didn’t know much about the detailed accounting treatments in our sector, and they were there to help us.

“Alain and the team went above and beyond to ensure our needs as a company and my own needs were met.

“Grunberg & Co is what you want when you are starting out and growing, which is why I would be happy to suggest them to others in our profession.”

Tim Allan – Group Managing Director and Founder

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Media Accountants

Kamla Claire founded Media Accountants Ltd in 2008, following a successful career as a specialist TV Production Accountant.

Media Accountants handles a wide portfolio of clients including top TV production companies such as Blast Films, the team behind Channel 4’s Supervet.  The team have also worked on ITV’s The BRIT Awards and various shows for BBC, Sky, Discovery and Amazon.

They offer a wide range of accounting services to the media industry and have called upon Grunberg & Co to assist with an audit for a client.


“I’ve always found Grunberg & Co to be extremely helpful, reliable and professional,” said Kamla.

“They have over the years assisted us with audit, accounting and tax advice as well as providing a payroll service to support our own expertise in the field of media.

“We are yet to face any major challenges, thanks in part to our own experience, but I am confident that Grunberg & Co would step up to the challenge should there be a need.

“I have worked with a number of people at Grunberg & Co and I have found everyone to be helpful and friendly.

“They have a wealth of knowledge so I feel they have offered so much over the 16 years I have dealt with the firm, both with and prior to me setting up Media Accountants.

“It has not just been the odd thing here and there, as I can genuinely say that over the years there has been a huge amount that they have added to my business.

“Over the time I have worked with Grunberg & Co I have recommended them to numerous clients of mine and I will continue to do so. I am extremely happy with the service that I have received over the years.”

Kamla Claire, Founder and CEO

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Blink Films

Blink Films was launched a decade ago by me and my business partner Justine Kershaw, and last year produced more than 50 hours of television for channels in the UK and overseas.

When we created the company we spoke with a number of our close contacts within the industry. It was through one of these people that I was made aware of Grunberg & Co.

They were recommended to me on their levels of tax and accountancy expertise and their price point seemed more appropriate to the size and nature of our business compared to some of the large City firm’s that were also recommended to us.

Whilst they were not necessarily specialists in the affairs of TV production companies, Robert and his team showed that they were more than able to understand the requirements of businesses in our sector.


Up until a few years ago they conducted the annual accounts and audits for Blink Films and they were with us as we grew into a multi-million pound business.

I was impressed by their service, and took them on as my personal accountant and continue to benefit from their support.

Robert Bean has always been massively helpful with the tax advice he has provided to me and his expertise was invaluable for my personal tax affairs in the part sale of Blink Films.

He always makes sure he gets back to me quickly and where he can’t personally provide advice he always either brings someone in internally or is happy to recommend someone externally who can help.

I have been absolutely delighted with the level of service provided by Grunberg & Co and I would be happy to recommend them to others if asked.

Dan Chambers, Director

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Extraordinary Editions Ltd

“Grunberg & Co have been our accountants & financial advisers since we set up the business. They are very efficient & professional. We have received much good advice that has helped us to grow.”

Martin Morgan

James Glancy Design Ltd

“David Grunberg and his firm have been offering me advice for nearly 30 years. This relationship began when I was as a sole trader at my dining room table and has continued to the present day. It now involves David and his team helping James Glancy Design, a limited company employing 25 people. It has always been most enjoyable association………. if you ignore the dodgy jokes!”

James Glancy

Landview Properties Ltd

“Grunberg & Co. have looked after my personal and corporate tax affairs for over ten years.  I am very impressed with the service provided by David and his team, not only because of the quality of advice they provide, but equally, their proactive approach. They are a pleasure to work with and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who is looking for an accountancy firm to work alongside them.”

Scott Franklin

Jenny Packham (London) Limited

“Jenny Packham (London) Limited has been working closely with Grunberg & Co. since 1996. In that time, our company has enjoyed a very close working relationship with senior partners and their specialists in accounting procedures, all of whom have shown total commitment and dedication to our companies requirements. Grunberg continue to update us on relevant accounting practices and keep us informed of changes that have a direct impact on our business.

An essential part of running any business is concerned with maintaining the highest standards of probity and financial transparency – working with Grunberg & Co.,  Jenny Packham (London) Limited has been expertly guided to ensure our accounting practice is, and continues to be, of the highest possible standard.”

Matthew Anderson

Magenta Star Ltd

“Grunberg & Co are thoroughly professional but easy to do business with. David explains complicated accounting procedures in a simple format. He has the interest of his clients at heart, is innovative and looks at the bigger picture, understanding the business we operate.”

Alison Berneye, Managing Director

Nugent Partnership

“I have been working with Alain Stechler a partner of Grunberg & Co for over 20 years and in this time I have received nothing but first class service from Alain, all the other partners and staff. I have experienced that Grunberg & Co take a long term view with all their clients.

Although we have gone though some difficult trading years Grunberg have taken this on board and we have worked very closely together which has been a great support. Though out all our difficulties Grunberg have continued to give a first class service.”

Harry Nugent

Peter East Associates Ltd

“As the business of Peter East Associates has grown, we have used more of the services that are available from Grunberg. The Grunberg payroll service removes a monthly administrative burden, and has saved us a lot of time. The tax department has helped  us navigate through the complexities of corporation tax, and we have also used the tax department for shareholder related issues.

The difference with Grunberg is that the partners understand their clients’ businesses  – this makes the advice focused on the issues facing small and medium sized businesses.”

Nicholas Mohr, Director

Sunrise Developments Ltd

”How could I ever start to tell you or anybody else what a fantastic company you all are. Over many years you and everybody else have always had my best interests.  David thank you and you all so very much to always being there.’’

Bruce Ross – Dreher

Golden Goose PR

Golden Goose launched in 2003, and we are the only consumer PR agency to win a Cannes Gold Lion for media relations, and possibly the only one to be awarded Best International PR campaign two years in a row by the PRCA in spite of our size, as we are small team that is made up of senior consultants who are among the most experienced in the industry 

We first started working with Grunberg & Co in 2005, following a recommendation from a contact that had used them.

The initial meeting with Alain Stechler made us feel like we could not be in safer hands and our first impressions have since been confirmed by the excellent services provided to us.


Grunberg & Co handle our entire book keeping, payroll, personal and business requirements.

In the past they have also provided advice at times that I have considered a sale or merger, but every time I have always preferred to maintain 100% ownership of the business

I bought my business partner out in 2011, and Grunberg & Co was extremely helpful to both of us in terms of advice and consultancy.

If I ever decided that I wanted to bring in a new partner, or consider a merger or sale my first contact would be Grunberg & Co, but right now, everything is running exactly as I want it to for the foreseeable future.

Our working relationship with Alain and the rest of the team is very positive. They always find solutions and Alain has become more of a friend over the years and is one of the few people I trust implicitly in matters of business. My day-to-day accountant, Sharon, is also always helpful. 

What stands out about Grunberg & Co is the hands-on approach of the partners. Even though we are not one of the biggest clients on their books, we know they are always there to help.

I have learned a lot about how to run and grow my business from Grunberg & Co without having to leap into a sale or a merger. I have also had introductions to businesses from Grunberg & Co, who may use our services in the future.

I have been more than happy to recommend them in the past and I will continue to recommend them in future based upon the excellent support they provide.

Miki Haines-Sanger, ‎Founding Partner

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Good Business Ltd

Good Business Ltd began in 1996 and we have grown to become an international boutique consultancy, working with businesses and foundations around the world. 

Grunberg & Co have been with us from day one and have always been by our side to provide practical, personable advice.

Alain and his team helped us to establish the business and associated businesses and it  has always felt like he wants to work with us to help us to succeed rather simply sell their services.

They continue to provide a wide range of services to our firm, pretty much everything beyond bookkeeping, including advice on personal tax planning.


As with any business we have had some issues, but Alain and Grunberg & Co have always been helpful and there to help us when we needed it.

What is great is that they always have the answer no matter the question and if they can’t provide the solution themselves, they know someone that can. What’s more, the quality of advice provided is second to none.

What I think we get is high quality ‘Big Four’ advice in a personalised, caring way. The ‘Big Four’ just don’t take the time to understand you, but Alain feels like a part of our team and is just as able to do the big stuff, but in a much more personalised way.

Giles Gibbons, CEO

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