Top Rated Accountant in the UK


Cooden Tax Consulting are equally delighted and proud to announce that, Director, ​Simon Bulteel has once again been named as a UK Top Rated Accountant for his work in helping companies to claim Research and Development Tax Relief! He has received this commendation thanks to a number of outstanding reviews, all of which have been written by ​his clients​ on, the review site for professionals.

What does this mean? Well aside from being a ringing endorsement that​ he is among the most respected in the business,​ Simon ​was originally featured in a guide to the UK’s Top Rated Professionals which was distributed in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper on 29th March and will also be featured in the Mail on Sunday on 27th September.

Simon was pretty pleased as you can imagine!

He ​said: “Being a Top Rated accountant means a great deal – there are thousands of accountants in the UK so to be recognised as one of the most well reviewed is a real achievement. What makes it even more special is that I’ve been selected as a result of support from my clients.”


“They have seen the benefit of our specialist service for claims relating to their own Research and Development Projects, and they have gone out of their way to say thank you to us for our hard work in getting them a tax refund, tax credit or achieving a deduction to their corporation tax bill.”


“With all of the hard work that we have been putting in behind the scenes not only to improve the website and changing the business’ branding, but also to improve the service offering and to improve the client experience from finding us, to engaging with us, obtaining a significant tax refund from HMRC through to recommending us with a review, I am delighted that this recognition has arrived at the culmination of this effort.”


“I would like this recognition to be a stepping stone, it has long been my aim to try and make R&D Tax Relief more accessible to other SME businesses who haven’t yet had the opportunity to claim, there are still 100s of business out there all over the country who should have the opportunity to make a claim. If you are one or you know of one, we would love to hear from you whether you are a fellow accountant, a professional advisor, business coach, business owner or finance professional.”

Choosing a great business partner is vitally important but it can be difficult to know who to trust. Client reviews are a powerful resource when it comes to identifying the right person so we’re delighted that Simon​’s reviews are now easy to find on , but they can also be found on our new website . If you haven’t got time to visit the website………

Here is just a selection of what some of his clients have said:

A Pharmaceutical company

It is not often especially in the current climate, that I would give full marks across all areas when rating a professional service provider. However Simon Bulteel is certainly an exceptional case. In our case Simon was able to hit the ground running in terms of the speed with which he turnaround our problems. I can sincerely say that Simon scored full marks in terms of his knowledge, efficiency and ultimately in the delivery of a very successful outcome on all projects which he has undertaken. Simon is the at the forefront of his industry and can be relied upon to deliver excellent results in the shortest possible time and offers the strongest value proposition I have seen in our industry. In summary I would highly recommend Simon and describe him as, “Best in Class.”Nasar Hussain Commercial Director

What could they have done better?

I would struggle to think what Simon could have done better except maybe offering some periodic updates and continuous training to our team after he had completed his assignments.

From the Finance Director of the same Pharmaceutical company

Simon is a true professional, and his knowledge and ability will underpin every business with great effect. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

What could they have done better?

Nothing at all, the service was exemplary

An Electric Motorbike Manufacturer

I own a small limited company that has grown quite rapidly and Simon Bulteel has helped us through our growing pains. He has helped us with basic company tax filing and applying for R&D tax credits. He has a great skill in being able to explain complex tax issues in a way we can understand and relate to our business. Patience is one of his virtues!

What could they have done better?

What could he have done different? I wish Simon would have taken a pay cut and come and worked for us full time.

A Platinum-IBM IT Services Company

Simon came in and explained with absolute clarity and great sense how we could and should be claiming tax relief for R&D work that we’d undertaken. This was something we simply hadn’t considered before and the more we dug into it the more work we discovered we’d done that qualified.The way he supported us and helped us throughout the claim was excellent. Furthermore the wider benefit of his friendly and expert advice in the wording of new contracts has meant that we are better positioned going forward to claim tax relief on all future qualifying work.

What could they have done better?

With the cyclical nature of accounting, a longer term concern would be that as his client base expands does he have the capacity to deal with the peak times when multiple claims need to be submitted simultaneously.

A company developing a customer loyalty App

In a nutshell Lifesaver.Simon, of Cooden Consulting Limited, helped to get our business out of a tight spot. While we were waiting for our CrowdCube listing to finalise, we had a hiatus in our cashflow and he came just in time. Delivering a fast, efficient and professional solution, resulting in the cash tax credit paid into the business account within a couple of weeks. During what was a busy time for all parties involved, Simon was able to be on site, grasping an understanding of the business quickly, discussing with the key management the various issues, and then completing all the filing, amending backdated returns, reconciling to submissions, and writing up and sending off the attached report, all himself within days. If you are any sort of company, tech or otherwise, its worth getting Simon to come in and have a chat about how he can help you with R&D Tax credits..

A company developing their own bespoke in house software

Simon was recommended to us by our accountants due to his knowledge around R&D tax credits. He worked with both our finance team and our accountants to submit the claims and achieve a saving on our corporation tax.As a result of his initial work we continue to use his services.

An in house software development project

Simon is a very personable individual with a good knowledge of the subject of R&D tax credits. Simon gave very practical and clear tax advice regarding R&D tax credits. As a result of the work he did for us we were able to make a substantial tax reclaim. We continue to use his services in this area. Highly recommended.

What could they have done better?

Very happy with the advice and practical help given, could not have done anything better.

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