Finding the best accountant for your business can feel a bit overwhelming when there’s so much choice. If you’re looking for an online accountant, then you have probably spotted Gorilla Accounting and The Accountancy Partnership during your research.
Both offer online accounting services, but whereas Gorilla focus on contractors and freelancers, The Accountancy Partnership help a broader range of businesses as well as offering specialist expertise for freelancers and contractors.
The Accountancy Partnership
Sole traders from
Free bookkeeping software
Specialist support for contractors and freelancers
For us, general accounting doesn’t simply mean having a working overview of accountancy. The centuries of collective knowledge and experience our team of accountants have amassed allows us to specialise in a range of areas, working with all types of businesses, in every industry.
Gorilla Accounting, however, offer an accounting service designed mainly for contractors and freelancers.
Here at The Accountancy Partnership we also work with contractors and freelancers, but because we also work with other types of business too, we can help you deal with the complexities of running yours, regardless of what situation crops up.
How it works with Gorilla Accounting
If you sign up with Gorilla, you’ll be assigned to your own accountant. Having a dedicated accountant usually means a faster, more convenient service, and you won’t need to wait for messages to be relayed through an account manager.
It’s why we also provide each client with a dedicated accountant too!
With Gorilla you’ll receive access to FreeAgent, a third-party bookkeeping software. FreeAgent is excellent, if a little pricey, but Gorilla include it for ‘free’ as part of the service they offer clients. You can also get free access to FreeAgent if you have a business account with some UK banks, such as NatWest.
Is free bookkeeping software included?
The Accountancy Partnership
Yes, with full support, and an add-on bookkeeping service
Limited companies from £39.50 per month
Yes, with third-party support, and no bookkeeping service
Limited companies from £95.00 per month
FreeAgent is easy to use, with simple to follow guides and in-app support if you need a little extra help.
Which is just as well, because Gorilla do not offer a dedicated bookkeeping service.
Their accountants will provide software support if needed, and you can contact FreeAgent directly for help, but just keep in mind that they’re a third-party provider. If you decide it would be easier to have someone else complete your bookkeeping for you, then you’ll need to hire a bookkeeper separately, for an additional cost.
How we do things at The Accountancy Partnership
We know that every business has different needs, so at The Accountancy Partnership you can either:
Complete your own bookkeeping yourself, either with our own software, Pandle, (which we provide to clients for free) or any other software you prefer, such as FreeAgent.
Or we can complete your bookkeeping for you, from as little as 50p per transaction – so you only pay for what you need.
If you prefer to do your own bookkeeping using Pandle, our trained bookkeepers will support you every step of the way. From initial set up calls, to our in-app live chat support and product tours, they’ll even review your records on a regular basis – for free, whether or not you use our bookkeeping service.
That way we can help you spot any potential issues before they snowball into more serious problems.
Should I use The Accountancy Partnership or Gorilla Accounting?
Like most business decisions, this depends on what’s best for you.
Only pay for what you use
Whilst we’re both online accountants, The Accountancy Partnership offer a more customisable service package, meaning you only pay for what you need.
Many other online accountants, Gorilla included, bundle their services together into a more expensive package. It can be convenient if your business will use all of these services, but usually it just means you’re paying for things that you don’t actually need, such as VAT returns when you’re not even VAT registered.
At The Accountancy Partnership we don’t think this approach makes any sense. Instead, our packages include the services which are most relevant and useful to all businesses, and then you can add additional services (like VAT returns or bookkeeping) if you need them – keeping your accounting costs as low as possible.
Comparing bookkeeping software
Pandle is our very own bookkeeping software, and this allows us to release updates and new features which have been requested by our clients.
Gorilla provide their clients with access to FreeAgent and offer limited additional support for it.
(Free for clients)
Accept Invoice Payments
Automated Bank Reconciliation
Cash Flow Forecasting
Connect your bank account
(10,000+ secure feeds)
Most large institutions
Live Chat Support
Yes, with trained bookkeepers who know the software
Making Tax Digital compliant
Real Time Tax and Finances Dashboard
Accounting support across a range of areas
If you’re not a contractor: Gorilla aren’t really for you, so an accountant like The Accountancy Partnership could be just the ticket!
If you are a contractor: Consider whether you actually need all of the services you will be paying for as standard with Gorilla. For example, if you’re not going to turnover more than £85,000 per year, then you will not need to be VAT registered, so why pay for this service?
Choose The Accountancy Partnership if…
Or go with Gorilla Accounting if…
You want an accountant who is able to help you in situations beyond day-to-day contracting accounting.
You only need an accountant who specialises in contractor accounting.
You would like bookkeeping software which includes support provided by your accounts team.
You’re happy to use bookkeeping software with limited support from your accountant.
You would like your accountant to offer the option of a bookkeeping service.
You’re sure you will not need a bookkeeper, or you can hire one separately.