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.

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.

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 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!

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!).

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.

Sian Fordham

Semi Senior Accountant

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Hello, I’m Sian and I joined the team at Granite Morgan Smith as a semi-senior accountant in the summer of 2020. I have worked accountancy for the last 7 years, concentrating primarily in personal tax, but now I draft self-assessment tax returns and limited company accounts.

I have been a member with the AAT for 10 years and my goal is to become a chartered certified accountant.
In my spare time, I enjoy sailing and any adventures I can get up to with my children.

Toni Saunders

Bookkeeper/Payroll Assistant

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I’m Toni and I joined GMS team in 2020 as a Bookkeeper/Payroll Assistant. Although I have been employed in an accounting environment all my working life, I have only recently started studying for my Level 3 AAT which should take around 2 years.

In my spare time I enjoy yoga, Kayaking, walking my 2 dogs and relaxing at the beach hut with my family.

Clair Collett

Bookkeeper/Payroll Assistant

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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.

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    Testimonials

    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

    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

    Extremely fair and very satisfied. as usual!.

    A Barbieri

    Amazingly knowledgeable. Thank you so very much.

    Junior Analyst, Oil Client

    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

    Once again, thanks for your support this year, we all look forward to working with you in the forthcoming year.

    Andy Macdonald, Entrepeneur

    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

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

    Kai, FC, Carefirst Recruitment

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

    James Smith

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

    Mr J M Bartleet

    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