Jonathan Foreman, Managing Director of Observatory Opticians, has been working with Grunberg & Co for more than three decades and has benefitted from the close support and advice of Partner Alain Stechler on a wide range of issues in that time.
He said: “I first met Alain in the early 1990s during the middle of the recession. It was a difficult time for many businesses and we weren’t happy with the service we were receiving from our former accountant at the time.
“From the very beginning, Alain was very assertive and set about assisting us straight away with our tax affairs, which allowed us to achieve a rebate that helped us continue trading during a difficult period.
“His approach remains the same today. When you are with him and other members of the Grunberg & Co team, the focus is always on you and your business.
“We like that Alain treats our problems or opportunities as his own. It’s like he takes ownership of the business during the time he is working with you and treats everything as if it was his own company.
“He is always proactive and ready to offer advice. The fact that he is backed up by such a passionate team is great. Grunberg & Co enjoys excellent consistency within its team, so you are often dealing with the same people time and time again, who understand your business and its requirements.
“If there is ever an issue that Alain or the team can’t handle, they are always quick to put us in touch with someone who can from their extensive list of highly skilled contacts.
“Perhaps, most importantly for many businesses owners, Alain is always trying to find new ways to save you money, help your business grow or provide a solution to your issues.
“I like that he can take a straight look at something and just come up with ideas that work, plus he is very easy to chat with, which helps.
“I have happily recommended Grunberg & Co and Alain to many others in the past, because I know they always deliver a great service.”
With a focus on building longstanding relationships with clients, our team have helped many businesses throughout their lifecycle. One such company to benefit from our advice is Golden Goose Communications – watch the video below to find out what its founder Miki Haines-Sanger has to say about us.
Here is how we have helped some of our other clients
As a start-up having a good accountant is integral to running a business smoothly, & Grunberg and Co are beyond just good! We didn’t realise how good they were until we cheated on them and realised what a mistake that was so went back as quickly as possible. They are available to answer questions, however small, are friendly, professional, honest and do their work with an integrity that should be an industry standard! We are now five years into our business journey, and are glad that Grunberg & Co are on this journey with us.
It is with pleasure I write this testimonial for Grunberg & Co and more particularly Alexander Kossoff and his team. Sufficive to say they have an extensive knowledge of their field but for me their willingness to help beyond the call of duty has been paramount.
Couldn’t recommend the firm highly enough and moreover Alex is a pleasure to work with.
We worked with Grunberg for many years and always found their breadth and depth of knowledge reassuring and extremely helpful. The team at Grunberg provided us with advice and support throughout the year, as well as preparation of our annual accounts.
When it came to our business sale they guided us both professionally and personally through the rocky path to a successful outcome. We had amazing support, with many phone calls handled so patiently and knowledgably. It was good to know they always had our backs and were looking out for our interests at every stage.
Being a small business in the Food sector we were looking for an accountant who not only knew our industry area but were also passionate about our business and able to guide us through our business journey.
Grunberg are problem solvers! They are by far the best company we work with for our support. They are always available for help with the simple and the obscurer. It isn’t uncommon that we need the advice and support of one of the team at short notice and they have never failed to come through for us. They are organised, efficient and most importantly for us, they are relational. Not only can they help, they want to! They have been nothing short of invaluable for us as a start-up and continue to be fundamental in our rapid growth.
Grunberg & Co is a highly skilled and respected chartered accountancy firm. I have been with Grunberg & Co for a quarter of a century and I think to sustain a strong working relationship for that time says an awful lot about them.
During the pandemic, the firm’s strengths and support really had a chance to shine. The team were exemplary.
Throughout this challenging period, the way they were accessible, kind and empathic, helped me find my way through the maze of uncertainty and confusion, which in turn helped me to keep my business buoyant.
After switching from our previous accountant, we have nothing but positive things to say about Grunberg & Co.
From the initial clean-up of our accounts to successfully identifying and claiming Research & Development tax credits, Grunberg & Co has removed any accounting stresses that a growing business has whilst also positively impacting our cash flow.
Very friendly staff, efficient and quality work at affordable prices, we would definitely recommend Grunberg & Co to small businesses like us.
I have run my business for nearly 20 years and annoyingly I only came across Robert Bean and Grunberg after 18 of them had passed ! I had reached a point in business where there was very little to be excited about but Robert and his team have helped me turn things around and given me the desire, guidance and oversight to carry on. I cannot recommend them highly enough and I cannot put into words how grateful I am for all of their help, expertise, guidance and knowledge. Thank you Robert and Team
While many businesses of our size tend to select the audit services of the Big Four, we felt that Grunberg & Co had a far more personal and consistent approach to offer.
Gedalia is particularly good at explaining things in a straightforward manner and helps me to explain and present information to the wider business.
Enormous gratitude to Benjamin Grunberg from Grunberg & Co. Ben has really gone the extra mile for our members this past year. Helping to demystify the Government Grants Scheme, as well as Kickstart in the many webinars we’ve hosted.
Grunberg & Co came highly recommended from a founding member of the Guild, Juliette Tuke from Milagros on Columbia Road. Grunberg has also come on board as a sponsor of our new crowdfunder!
If you’re looking for an accountant, then look no further. Ben is super lovely, reliable and efficient.
Gedalia and his team supported our business at a critical time, providing both practical assistance and technical advice that enable us to successfully navigate the challenges brought about by the Covid pandemic.
Thanks again for the help from you guys which enabled this loan to happen. Many thanks for your efforts on this.
Great news on the CIBLS application thank you for all your help with this.
David Grunberg and his firm have been offering me advice for nearly 30 years. This relationship began when I was 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 the most enjoyable association………. if you ignore the dodgy jokes!
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.
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 company’s requirements. Grunberg & Co 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 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.
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 a 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 through some difficult trading years, Grunberg & Co has taken this on board and we have worked very closely together, which has been a great support. Throughout all our difficulties, Grunberg & Co has continued to give a first-class service.
As the business of Peter East Associates has grown, we have used more of the services that are available from Grunberg & Co. The Grunberg & Co 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.
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. Thank you and you all so very much for always being there.
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. We are a 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 bookkeeping, 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.
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.