Who we are

and what we do

GMS are a firm of Chartered Certified Accountants and Statutory Auditors based in Feering, Colchester who can deliver a personal and friendly service you would expect from a local accountancy practice coupled with the expertise of highly experienced accountants. We provide financial, accounting and auditing services to sole traders, partnerships and corporate clients from a variety of industries across Essex.

Our aim

We pride ourselves on offering a highly personalised and cost-effective service. Using our wealth of experience and expertise we ensure our client’s financial affairs are managed in a way that minimises liability, optimises business growth and maximises personal wealth.

Our services

A Personalised Approach with Tailored Solutions to Meet your Business Needs

As a small independent firm one of our key strengths is offering a highly personalised service. Forming close working relationships with our clients, we tailor our financial services to meet individual requirements. Our proactive support and advice allow us to respond to client’s needs quickly and accurately so their business affairs are effectively managed to optimise business growth and maximise personal wealth.

A Friendly and Flexible Service that puts Clients Needs First

We pride ourselves on putting our clients first, that’s why being flexible to their needs is a top priority. We understand our clients lead busy lives and do our utmost to accommodate their schedules by offering flexible appointments during the day and evening with the option to meet at their office or home. We offer a friendly and approachable service and always act in our client’s best interests.

Offering Clients a Strong Network of Professional Business Advice

While we are often the first port of call for matters relating to business and personal finance we recognise our clients may require the services of professionals in other fields to support their business. We have built strong relationships with local bank managers, solicitors, mortgages advisors and IFAs so we can confidently provide clients with a strong network of professional business advisors to facilitate their ongoing success.

No surprise bills

A unique feature of our service is fixed price agreements; once we have established your needs we will give you a guaranteed fully inclusive price from the start. This will give you peace of mind and no surprise bills.

We're Only a Phone Call Away!

We offer unlimited access to all our team. This means that you can call on us at any time knowing that you will never be charged for our time. So we hope that you will feel free to speak to us whenever you need to, without having to worry about the cost. If any extra work arises from this free initial consultation, we will give you a fixed price quotation for the extra work before it is started.

Meet the team

Vinny Mellett

Director

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Hi, I’m Vinny the Director of Granite Morgan Smith. I’ve been in the accountancy world for many years and realise the challenges many businesses face. With specialisms in owner managed businesses, audits and the construction industry. I believe that having great communication with our clients is very important.

In my spare time I like to socialise with friends at my local pub and restaurants in Maldon where I live. Being in the countryside is my favourite place to be that’s why I love living in this wonderful area.

Dean Morgan

Consultant

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Hello, I’m Dean a consultant of GMS and finance officer of a large labour agency in London. I’ve been with GMS for many years and have a vast experience of owner managed businesses, Audit and the construction industry.

In my spare time I enjoy visiting my Spanish abode and watching Tottenham play. I also enjoy wining and dining with friends.

Lynn Wood

Directors PA

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Hi, I’m Lynn and I am Vinny’s PA and office administrator.  I have been with Granite Morgan Smith since 2013 where I started as an admin assistant. Having only worked in the music industry previously, starting afresh in a completely different environment was extremely rewarding. I enjoy my job immensely and am happy to go above and beyond to ensure our clients receive the best service we can offer.

On a personal level, I moved to this lovely part of the country from East London in 2002 and am a lifelong hammers supporter!

Jules Holliday

Administrative Assistant

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Hi, I’m Jules and I joined GMS in 2019 as an Administrative Assistant. Prior to this I worked for the Metropolitan Police Service as a Cost Centre Manager for 12 Years.
I really enjoy my role at GMS offering support to both our clients and the team here in the office.

Most of my spare time is spent with my two children but I do enjoy a good box set occasionally! I also sing in a Function Band at weekends which is very different to the day job!!!

Joanne Hearn

Manager

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Hi, I’m Joanne and I joined GMS as a manager in April 2019. I’ve worked in the accountancy industry for over 10 years on clients ranging from large companies to SMEs and everything in between. I specialise in Audit, but also have a wide range of experience in preparing company accounts and corporation tax returns.

On a personal level, I’m kept busy with my husband and three young children but when I do get some spare time I enjoy running and baking (although not at the same time!).

Sarah Steers

Payroll Manager & Bookkeeper

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Hi, I’m Sarah and I deal with all of your book keeping and payroll needs. I started at Granite Morgan Smith in February 2019. I have over 15 years’ experience working with many different clients in various fields - both in practice and stand-alone businesses. I put 100% into everything I do and will always help if I can.

In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends but nothing beats being with family, in particular watching a good film on the sofa with them (and the 2 dogs of course!).

Louis Woodcock

Accounts Assistant

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Hello, I’m Louis and I am a junior accountant at Granite Morgan Smith where I started as an apprentice in the summer of 2016. I am now fully AAT qualified and will soon be starting my ACCA studies – ultimately my aim is to become a chartered accountant. I draft limited company statutory accounts and help in the preparation of self-assessment returns and enjoy helping out our clients with any queries and questions that they have.

Outside of the office, most of my weekends are taken up by football, as a season ticket holder at Tottenham - although when I want to see a better game of football, I turn to a local Sunday team who I help manage and play for with my friends!!

Zoë Morris

Semi-Senior Accountant

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Hello, I’m Zoë and I’m one of the semi-senior accountants at Granite Morgan Smith. Since I started as a trainee in July 2015, I have passed many exams which is helping me achieve my goal of becoming a chartered accountant. I now draft limited company accounts and prepare self-assessment returns.

In my spare time I enjoy watching Braintree Town F.C., well sometimes when they aren’t losing.

Nicky Manley

Credit Controller

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Hi, I am Nicky and I am the credit controller here at GMS.  I have been with GMS for a year now and I’m enjoying getting to know our clients and building relationships with them.

I enjoy spending my free time with my family and watching my children partake in their various sporting activities.

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Testimonials

Amazingly knowledgeable. Thank you so very much.

Junior Analyst, Oil Client

I don’t usually contribute to testimonials, in fact, never before however I have no hesitation in the case of GMS. I won’t bore anyone with words like service, reliability and consistency, etc, they are all there in plenty. Suffice to say; these guys are special indeed and I know we can rely on them when we need excellent professional advice on any element of our business: be it development, financial or, of course, taxation. I must say that GMS seem to have that magic formula; it’s as though they have an insight into the nerve centre of our business. They have worked with us now for many years and long may that continue. In a word, outstanding

John O’Leary, Director, Go Interiors Limited

After an exhaustive review the company selected GMS as it’s partner for managing the global accounts. GMS is a strategic partner in the company’s efforts to internalizing company operations.

MD, Global Software Provider

I think it’s brilliant! I particularly like feeling that the service is personalised and that I am treated like a human being, not just a name in a system. I also like feeling that I have a safety net in that I can always pick up the phone and ask advice. Above all I trust the people at GMS.

Anne Chapman

GMS have been acting as our accountants for a number of years and each year continue to provide a highly professional and friendly service. Their continued assistance, advice and proven value for money are the reasons why we have also recommended them to many of our own clients with regards to their personal accounts and tax affairs

Indira Chakrabarti, Homelink Estates Limited

Granite Morgan smith’s ability to provide services to match the needs of varying businesses has been evident throughout the long number of years in which they have been our Accountants of choice. Over the years our business has required unique expert advice which GMS has always delivered on.

Emy Onah, Company Director

We have been using the services of GMS for many years and during that time we have had no negative experiences. Everything has been positive. They have provided new ideas to us in the way we run our business and to use their services is an asset to our company. I would like to thank Dean, Chris and Vinny for the professional and personal services they have provided to me personally and our company. The support staff have always been extremely knowledgeable and helpful on every occasion that I have contacted them. Thank you, GMS, for your excellent service. It is a pleasure to work with you

Brian Tuff, Managing Director, Britelec Network Services Limited

I have been with GMS for some 20 years and am completely satisfied with all aspects of their service. I would not change them for anything. Their fees are very reasonable and the service that I receive anytime, day and night, is second to none. I know most of the staff by their first names

Ken Horlock, Director, MCS Car Services Limited

A very reliable Company, always looking out for our Accountancy concerns.

James Smith

Go Interiors have always found GMS to give a personal and customer focussed service, whilst having the experience and capability of a large firm. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.

G Abbott-Drake, Company Director

I have always found GMS to be helpful, available and knowledgeable. Should I ever have need for experts financial advice, I know that GMS will come up trumps.

S Callaby