More light, less noise

Illuminating accountancy for bright businesses


At Alchemy, we don’t do waffle. We don’t waste time. And we don’t keep our clients in the dark. Using tried, tested and repeatable processes, set out with total transparency, we make managing your business’s finances feel easy. Whether it’s your company tax return or managing your bookkeeping, we’re here to find the clearest, most direct route to the right solution for you. As for technology, it’s not something we do as an add-on, or make a big deal over – it’s just that we’re a 21st century business which has never known any other way.

Time to shine

You’d be amazed how much more you can achieve when you don’t have to worry about payroll, bookkeeping, tax returns or any of the other important but – let’s face it – boring bits of running a business. What can Alchemy do for you?

R&D tax relief

Innovators in industry or the arts can access valuable tax breaks.

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Budgeting and forecasting

Management intel enables faster, bolder decision making.

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Bright businesses

Sparky, innovative, different, creative, clever people – that’s who we like to work with. Whichever sector you operate in, from designers to architects, from marketers to software developers, we can help you achieve more of those light-bulb moments.

Creative industry

Accountancy for creative agencies, studios and solo creators.

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Engineering, software development, startups and eCommerce.

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What our clients say

I joined Alchemy Accountancy when I was a sole trader. I had previous experience of accounts and at first was skeptical of the benefits, however I was so taken aback at the efficiency, speed and advice when they looked at my accounts that I was instantly put at ease. All with a personal touch. Importantly, you are a person not just a business. When I started a second business as a Limited Company I immediately wanted Alchemy Accountancy to look after my accounts. Craig is only ever an email or a phone call away and no matter your knowledge level, he explains in plain simple language.
Mark Aston
Mark Aston
09:12 16 Jan 20
Moving my accounts to Alchemy Accountancy was one of the smartest decisions I have made since setting up a new business. Not only was it easy to change, with them doing all the legwork and liaising with my old accountants, I have never been so efficient at filing my Invoices and having accurate daily records of Cash Flow and Outstanding payments. Any questions I have had, they have talked them through with me that same day and the monthly billing option means that I don’t have to outlay all my Accountancy Bills at once. Unlike previous accountants whom I saw once a year and the accounts would already be months behind Alchemy take an active interest in trying to help your business flourish. I can highly recommend them and they do all this at an extremely reasonable cost.
James Kok
James Kok
16:14 08 Nov 19
I joined Alchemy Accountancy a year ago after being with a larger firm for around 3 years. The difference is like night and day. I was initially concerned about going from a large firm to a smaller firm, but my apprehensions about this were soon put to one side when I quickly realised how attentive and helpful Craig is. You can tell Craig genuinely loves what he does! Within less than a couple of months of joining, Craig helped to identify some savings which cover his fees multiple times over. It makes me kick myself for not switching sooner. I’d highly recommend Alchemy Accountancy to anyone. They offer a service which is extremely good value for money.
Tom Reid
Tom Reid
11:22 09 Dec 19
I would highly recommend Craig and Alchemy Accountancy. His knowledge is great and he's really easy to talk to. He guided me through the process of setting up my business, which was such a help and I couldn't be more grateful.
Alice Davies
Alice Davies
15:12 13 Nov 19
I'm extremely pleased with Alchemy Accountancy, which looks after the books for my business. Craig is very knowledgeable, helpful, patient and keeps me focused at the right times! The software for uploading transactions, etc. is very clear and straightforward and most importantly for me, my accounts and documentation is always turned around very quickly. Five stars all round for Alchemy Accountancy.
James Corrigan
James Corrigan
08:05 04 Oct 19

The Alchemy effect

Our approach to accountancy isn’t just talk, it makes a real difference to the businesses we work with. To prove it, we asked our clients to share their experiences of how we were able to bring clarity to their financial situation and lighten the load – problem, solution, outcome.

Digital accounting

The Alchemy team has never known anything but online accounting – we’re what the experts call ‘digital natives’, just like most of the switched-on business people we work with. We specialise in working with FreeAgent and Xero.

Why Alchemy?

Based in Preston, Lancashire, in the North West of England, Alchemy specialises in working with creatives, technology businesses, professional service firms and contractors. Find out more, and learn how Alchemy got its name, in this video featuring our founder, Craig McCall.


We’re committed to giving crystal clear advice on tax and finance. We put that promise into practice on our blog where you’ll find bite-sized explainers and to-the-point opinion pieces, along with in-depth, plain English guides.

How Alchemy can help you

Tax planning, self-assessment tax returns, VAT advice… Whatever accountancy service you’re after, the chances are we provide it.