Expertise in a wide range of areas

We’re delighted to say that we’ve been able to develop a great team of professionals with expertise in a wide range of areas – specialist audits, advanced tax planning, business growth and consulting and complex dispute resolution to name but a few.

We’re also extremely good at all the things other accountants do – audit, accountancy, tax compliance, payroll, book-keeping and VAT.

Our 8 Promises to you

  • Provide you with FREE telephone and email support whenever you need it
  • Communicate with you in plain English – jargon is banned in our client communications
  • Listen to what you are saying at all times
  • Help you find the advice and support you need from our large network of professional connections through our SignPosting service – one call to us is all it takes and we do the rest
  • Never surprise you with unexpected bills
  • Constantly  review the services we can provide so we grow and prosper together
  • Do everything we say we are going to do on or ahead of schedule
  • Guarantee all of our work – we’ll never treat a piece of work as completed until you’ve confirmed you are happy with what we have done

We act for and with owner managed businesses throughout the whole of England and this client base continues to grow steadily as a result of the quality of the compliance work we carry out, as well as our unique attitude, that focuses on the achievement of our clients’ goals.

With four directors and a total team in excess of 20, we find ourselves large enough to deal with the needs of our most demanding clients yet small enough to care about our smallest.  Our client base itself ranges from individuals and families in business to commercial groups of companies. We understand that the needs of all our clients are of paramount importance, irrespective of the size of their businesses.

As a practice we are pleased to assist our clients through economic upturns and highs, as well as adverse trading situations and maintaining a close working relationship during these economic fluctuations has rewarded us with long term loyalty from these clients and a bond seems to exist that is rarely experienced in a professional relationship.

As you would expect from a well established firm such as ours, the provision of an accurate and “value for money” compliance service forms the backbone of what we do, ensuring to the best of our ability that our clients conform to the requirements of current legislation.  The same level of “attention to detail” is applied to the completion of an individual’s tax return, as is given to the audits of businesses we act for.

Whilst some of our clients still opt for us to carry out this compliance function only, more and more these days we are developing relationships where our focus is very much on the declared personal goals of the owners of the business.  Whether these are to sell the business via the open market or management buyout, pass the business on to family members, take a back seat, or simply “get through the current economic climate” in one piece, makes no difference to our senior team members as these are all frequently occurring requirements.

Strategic planning, high quality tax advice, profit improvement planning, fund raising and monitoring progress during projects are all now part of the day to day life of the Sibbalds team members, who not only deal with the historical aspect of compliance with you but more importantly, help you realise your personal goals.

We welcome clients of all business sizes and states of health and it is our pleasure to work with you, to make a difference.

The Journey

A brief history of Sibbalds!

James Sibbald was later joined by Frederick Farnsworth and Allan Forsyth, to become James Sibbald, Forsyth and Farnsworth – one of the leading firms of Chartered Accountants in Derby at the time.


The firm became Sibbald & Co in 1974

1974 - 2008

We were what you would call a traditional firm of Chartered Accountants. We provided all of the services you would expect – audits, accountancy and taxation – to owner managed businesses in Derby and the surrounding area – just like all of our competitors.
We decided to rebrand ourselves as Sibbalds – which is what many people referred to us as – and launched our new website (the one you’re reading now – although it has been modified a bit since then!). But that wasn’t all! We also worked hard to develop the range of services we could provide, and improve the way they were delivered, so we could meet the needs of our clients more effectively.


Terry Grant - Derby Accountant
Terry Grant – FCA


I first joined Sibbalds in 1976 as a trainee chartered accountant and qualified in 1980. I subsequently left Sibbalds to join (what are now) PWC and later KPMG before rejoining Sibbalds again!

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David Bowler – FCCA CTA


I’m responsible for the marketing and development of new services at Sibbalds, which includes writing and hosting any seminars we run, and overseeing the email marketing etc. that we do.

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Hari Vasdev - Derby Accountant
Hari Vasdev – M.Eng (Hons) FCA


My role is to work closely with clients to provide a sounding board for their ideas as well as offering business advice, helping businesses owners to develop and execute their corporate strategy and advising on audit and accounting issues.

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Jay Durow – FCCA


Jay has experience working on all areas of accountancy from bookkeeping to audits with clients from a wide range of business spectrums. His main focus is on management information specific to the client’s needs, most recently in the construction industry.

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