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

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.

I like spending time with my family and dogs, I also enjoy socialising with friends at my local pub and restaurants in Maldon where I live.

Joanne Hearn

Director

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Hi, I’m Joanne and I joined GMS as a manager in April 2019 but became a director in July 2021. 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!).

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

Lynn Wood

Directors PA

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Hi, I’m Lynn and I’m the Directors PA and office administrator. I have been with Granite Morgan Smith since 2013 where I started part-time as an admin assistant. Having only worked in the music business previously, staring afresh in a completely different industry was a challenge but rewarding.

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

Zoë Morris

Semi-Senior Accountant

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Hello, I’m Zoë and I’m the semi-senior accountant 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.
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In my spare time I enjoy watching Braintree Town F.C., well sometimes when they aren’t losing.

Clair Collett

Payroll Manager

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Hi, I’m Clair I started my career in the banking industry working in London, Australia and Singapore. I have been AAT
qualified since 2016 and been working in practice since 2012 – I joined GMS in 2020.

When I am not working, I enjoy travelling, spending time with family, friends and a large G&T! I can be found most weekends on the side-lines of a rugby field, watching my children play.

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!!!

Elizabeth Sains

Consultant

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Hi, I’m Liz and I joined GMS as a consultant in 2021. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant, I spent most of my career working as an Internal Auditor for an investment bank. Since leaving I have worked in a variety of roles, most recently undertaking bookkeeping for local accountancy firms.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and my 2 dogs. I love trying my hand at any kind of craft project.

Jane Purcell

Consultant

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I am Jane and I joined the Granite Morgan Smith team in April 21 as a consultant. I qualified as an AAT member in 2015 although I have been employed in an accounting environment all my working life.

On a personal level, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially my two grandchildren.

Charlotte Roberts

Accounts Assistant

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Hi, I’m Charlotte and I joined Granite Morgan Smith as a trainee Accountant in June 2021. My Previous job was a horseriding instructor and groom – a completely different career change but I am loving being in a different industry. I completed an accountancy course at college after I left school, so I am continuing my studies to reach my goal of being a
chartered accountant.

On a personal level my free time is spent with my gorgeous horse Petra, riding and having fun with her. When I’m not busy down the yard, I love socialising and spending time with my boyfriend, family and friends.

Grace Street

Bookeeper/Payroll Assistant

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Hello, I’m Grace. I joined GMS as a Payroll and Bookkeeping assistant in February 2021. Previously, I worked in the property industry. I am currently studying my Level 4 AAT which I find very interesting and I’m really enjoying practicing my skills at GMS!

In my spare time I enjoy going on adventures with my little boy and socialising with my family and friends.

Sue Newman

Consultant

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Hello, I’m Sue and a Consultant of GMS since March 2021. I owned an Accountancy Practice for 20 years and am now thrilled to be working with the GMS team. I have experience of SME’s , personal tax , payroll and Construction Industry.

I love swimming and enjoy spending time with my husband, family , our very spoilt cat and friends.

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    Testimonials

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

    James Smith

    Always very helpful; they have helped me through some tough times always giving excellent advice. I have been with the Company for 14 years and I have recommended them to my friends, they have also received excellent service.

    The entire team are always available, either by email of phone.

    Very efficient and professional at all times.

    J A Adam

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    I have learnt a lot since I have been working with you Vinny.

    Kai, FC, Carefirst Recruitment

    GMS provide a great personal service, and are always willing to go that extra mile to help their customers.

    Mr J M Bartleet

    Extremely fair and very satisfied. as usual!.

    A Barbieri