About us

We are a modern accountancy business, using digital technology. It was a bit of a journey to move from paper and desktop systems, but we did it. And we were recognised by QuickBooks as a Firm of the Future in 2017, being shortlisted in the UK and top 15 worldwide. We popped over to San José, USA to the award ceremony – on a zero budget too! We are big fans of QuickBooks and have our Elite ProAdvisor status. Six of the team are trained to Advanced level and as it’s the only bookkeeping software we use now, we are real experts in using it

Meet the team

Lorraine FCMA, MiP, MBA

Chartered Management Accountant

Lorraine is the founder of Simply Additions. She is a workaholic and has a thirst for learning new things. She led the company’s transformation into 100% digitalisation. She is CIMA qualified, chartered management accountant with a love of tax. Year-end...

Alison MAAT

Accounting Technician

Alison is a qualified accounting technician with AAT and is almost finished study with ACCA. She is experienced in payroll, autoenrolment pension submissions, Advanced QuickBooks bookkeeping. Alison is assisting with preparing sole trader Tax returns and is currently learning how...

Helen

Key Account Manager

Helen works with me to prepare year end accounts, with a thorough approach to working papers and a deep understanding of how to comply with accounting standards & tax rules. She does a lot of training & CPD to keep up with...

Lynn

Financial Controller

Lynn is our experienced bookkeeper. She is organised, knowledgeable and is an expert in QuickBooks. She has years of work on Sage desktop, so it was a bit of relief when she said she preferred QuickBooks. Lynn has also run...

Des

“The Bookie”

Des is our bookkeeping apprentice, after a career change due to mobility restrictions. He is loving QuickBooks and loves the fact that it is based in the cloud. He can’t run around like the rest of us so working...

Katsyarina

AAT Apprentice

Katerina is studying her accounting technician exams with AAT. She is a very talented lady. She is from Belaruse and speaks fluent Russian, Italian and now English. She teaches Russian and Italian to students around the world. In work, Katerina...

Mike

Non-exec Director

Mike – is our non-exec director. We are honoured to have such a great person on our board of directors. He is intelligent, witty and knows lot about buying behaviour.

Our approach


In addition to making use of digital technology, we also operate as a modern company – working from home for us started in 2016, long before the pandemic lockdown. We had an office too until November 2020. The team can work whatever hours they choose as long as the work is done to the right standard and at the right timescale. It works really well, especially if you are waiting for a delivery, or you need to look after a sick child or pet. It’s great to see the world adapting to our way of thinking. When the ground was covered in snow, we all used to work from home, and no one had to ask permission.

We are licenced to practice with The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants at www.cimaglobal.com and are fully insured with public liability and professional indemnity policies. Our team is a mixture of qualified accountants, experience bookkeepers and trainees. We are constantly learning (it’s a must with the UK tax laws!) and the accountants in the team formally record Continuing Professional Development (CPD) achievements.

Chartered Management Accountants normally work in the industry so Lorraine’s twenty years of industry role as a management accountant and financial controller brings an extra dimension to accounts for small companies. The little guys can get the same support as the big guys without having to employ a full-time management accountant. This is a bonus for our clients as they can make use of our skills in preparing business accounts, preparing forecasts, measuring results, and talking finance to non-finance people.

Our credentials


  • Fully insured with professional indemnity, employer liability & public liability

  • Fully insured with professional indemnity, employer liability & public liability

  • Digital firm with Fixed Monthly Prices

  • Finalist in the Accountant of the Year category, North East Accountancy Awards 2019

  • Start-up Expert

  • Trusted by more than 200 businesses

  • Trusted by more than 200 businesses

  • Finalist in 3 categories, North East Accountancy Awards 2018:

    1. 1. Accountancy Firm of the Year under 50 employees
    2. 2. Tax Adviser of the Year
    3. 3. Finance Director of the Year
  • Registered with HMRC as a Tax Agent for Income Tax, Corporation Tax, VAT, PAYE, CIS, MTD

  • Backed by TAG Tax Ltd for complicated matters

  • 15 years trading experience & 20 years industry experience

  • Finalist in QuickBooks Firm of the Future 2017

Testimonials

Straight honest words can only best describe Simply Additions: Knowledgeable Helpful Receptive Understanding Reliable Keen Patient Simple Additions made setting up the business accounts feel like a walk in park…

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Liedetectortest.uk Ltd

I imagine I was probably an accountant’s worst nightmare. Rocking up at 10 minutes to submission deadline with shoe-boxes full of receipts. I’m still a still a little disorganised and…

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DM

I was truly blessed to find Simply Additions/Lorraine and her team. On every interaction they have been professional, informative and friendly. They make ‘accounting’ easy and understandable. Their knowledge of…

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