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Wherever you are in your business journey, just starting out, established and running a successfully business, looking to retire to grow your business, or just need some help with meeting your tax obligations, DPC Accountants Stoke-on-Trent have all the skills to help you achieve your financial goals and keep you compliant.

Our aim is to build lasting relationships to understand your business and personal financial goals and help you achieve them.

We can provide you a professional, honest, and personal service from day-to-day business accounting and compliance, through to specialist tax or business advice, and auditing.

Our team have a wealth of experience to help individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses to reach their full potential and grow and develop.

We help a wide range of businesses from corporate groups, owner managed businesses, sole traders and partnerships working across multiple business sectors and industries.

We use and embrace technology to enable us to deliver accurate and efficient information to you which enables us to provide advice that adds value to your business. 

Our staff are trained to a high standard and our work is regulated by the ICAEW accountancy body, ensuring we deliver a high standard of service to all our clients. 

Find out about the wide range of services offered by DPC Accountants

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Working with you to ensure the success of your business relies on strong relationships, trust and integrity.

As a well-known Staffordshire firm of chartered accountants and business advisers, DPC Chartered Accountants Stoke-on-Trent use intelligent accounting solutions and expert advice to guide business and private clients.

Continual staff training and in-house skills are invested in to deliver the most up-to-date services compliant with HMRC, digital technology and data protection.

Whether you run a start-up company, a growing business, are looking to exit a business or require taxation advice, you can be assured of the highest quality guidance and tax solutions.

DPC Chartered Accountants are part of The DPC Group Limited, built on over 80 years’ experience.

The people behind the company! Introducing the staff, our practices and our working culture.

The heritage of DPC Group Limited originated with Edwin Downward on February 9, 1943 who set up shop as a sole practitioner in Wellesley Street, Stoke-on-Trent.

Welcoming John Plumb in 1962 and Mike Colclough in 1963, the firm became known as Downward, Plumb and Colclough – later adopting the acronym DPC.

Over the course of its rich history as a firm of accountants in Stoke-on-Trent (80-years celebrated in July 2023) DPC has gone from strength to strength embracing many changes and a commitment to constant innovation.

When computers were a fledgling industry, DPC took a chance by investing into new technology  by spending £3,500 on a revolutionary Logabax accounting machine in June 1967.

The investment enabled advanced accounting (at the time) for some of Staffordshire’s most prominent businesses. The efficiency in financial affairs resulted in many of these organisations achieving international success.

Since Edwin’s ‘accounting vision’ launched in 1943, the company has grown steadily to employ over 60 people today, making DPC one of Staffordshire’s largest accountancy practices.

Looking to work as an accountant in Stoke-on-Trent? We welcome people at all stages in their careers, from school leavers and recent graduates to experienced professionals.

We’re focused on attracting the best talent, putting people into the right roles and offering the best professional training and personal development to deliver a first class client service.

We offer fully funded and supported professional training at each stage of an accountancy/ audit/ tax career i.e. AAT, ACCA, ACA (ICAEW), ATT, or CTA. This is supplemented with an in-house mentor and Personal Development Plan.  

We offer structured career paths across a range of roles within the practice

As a dynamic and proactive practice we continually expand and are always looking for high-calibre staff to join our busy team.

We are hiring

Personal Tax Assistant

Personal Tax Assistant

In this role you will work across a varied portfolio of up to 400 personal tax clients, from sole traders, property investors, to simple directors of owner managed businesses. Over time as you develop within the firm and role there will be increasing client contact / portfolio management responsibility and scope for involvement in delivering wider tax planning services.

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Audit Stoke

Audit Senior

You will provide a wide range of audit services across a diverse range of clients, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to deliver a high calibre audit service. Our audit function is growing, and the successful candidate will have a defined pathway for personal and professional development along with opportunities for career progression.

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Tax Vacancies

Tax Senior

You will manage a varied portfolio of personal tax clients, from sole traders, property investors, to simple directors of owner managed businesses, acting as a first point of contact. Our people first culture means you will benefit from high quality personal development and on the job training to develop your leadership and tax skills to enable you to become a trusted business adviser.

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Accounts and Audit Semi-Senior

Accounts and Audit Semi-Senior

You will work with multiple clients to complete full Accounts Preparation, Corporate Tax Returns and Management Accounts. You will have opportunities to work with a varied client portfolio including SME, Sole Trader and Limited Companies as well as larger clients where you have the option to develop skills within audit if you would like.

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Accounts and Audit Senior

Accounts and Audit Senior

You will manage a varied portfolio of clients (SME, Sole Trader and Limited Companies as well as larger clients), acting as a first point of contact. You will be responsible for their end-to-end accounts. The nature of our clients and our approach will also give you the opportunity to work within audit if you would like.

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