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About Us

Melrose Group was established in 1993 and provides full accountancy service to small businesses. Our committed team has over 100 years combined experience in the small business sector, specialising in the hospitality industry. This means we have the knowledge to help you with all your accounting needs, from right at the start of your business journey, through to yearly accounting and bookkeeping.
As we don’t out-source to third parties we can offer a completely integrated service, liaising quickly and easily with other departments. This makes us more efficient and cost effective. Each client receives a dedicated, local client manager to work with. They will take the time to understand your business, helping you to stay in control of costs and advise you on how to drive your company forward. Based in Thornbury, Bristol we cover the South West, Devon and Cornwall, South Wales the Midlands and the South East.
Do you find you are struggling to keep track of your business income and outgoings? Do you need more focus on your costs and how to plan for your company’s future growth? Our bookkeeping and accounting services can help you effectively monitor your finances and maximise your profits. We cater for all your accounting needs from routine bookkeeping to the completion of year end accounts and tax returns.
Our accounting services include:
  • Business start-up – If you are starting a small business we can offer a wealth of advice. We will ensure you have completed all the relevant paperwork for HMRC so you are starting your business on the right track.
  • Business planning – Effective planning is always key to success. We can work with you to create a robust business plan, to guide you towards building a productive business.
  • Bookkeeping –Our monthly/quarterly bookkeeping service provides an accurate and complete record of your financial transactions, which can then be used by our accountants to provide a full financial analysis. Our in-house accountants can produce monthly or quarterly profit and loss reports as well as year-end statutory accounts.
  • Financial analysis – Our accountants will analyse the profit and loss information to advise you on increasing gross profit and reducing costs. Our in depth knowledge of the accounting and operating environment of the hospitality sector, means we can interpret your figures and provide a meaningful action plan to improve your business’s performance. This could be giving you advice on managing supplier costs or rethinking your staffing expenditure, for example.
  • Tax advice and planning– Our tax accountants can provide personal and company tax advice, determining the most tax efficient way to pay yourself from your business. We can prepare tax and VAT returns and all other relevant tax submissions for HMRC.

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Effective stocktaking and stock control are vital in order to run a profitable business. It is not just about monitoring any losses; it is about implementing the correct stock controls to maximise your profits. Our licensed trade stock takers are highly trained and have vast experience within the hospitality sector. Many of them have worked within the pub/restaurant industry so understand how your business operates.
Using our custom designed auditing software, we can produce results for you whilst on site, allowing us to pinpoint any issues and give you expert advice on pricing. If you are within the hospitality industry, we can advise you on best cellar practice to ensure you are achieving the highest yield possible. Our detailed reports will help us advise you on the best stock control process for your business.

Do you think that our stocktaking services could help you?

As a small business do you struggle to run an efficient payroll for your employees? Are you overwhelmed by all the different regulations you need to abide by? If so then why not use our payroll management services? Our payroll department can complete the whole process for you, from calculating payroll costs to ensuring that you always meet HMRC requirements. Our payroll service includes registering your PAYE scheme, producing your payslips and keeping you compliant with all regulations. Whatever your payroll frequency we can accommodate you.
We provide extensive payroll support, from advice on maternity and paternity leave, to calculating deductions for student loans and statutory sick pay.

If you need help implementing Auto Enrolment pensions, we can set up your chosen pension scheme, covering all admin requirements and run the pension deductions through your payroll.

To find out more about our payroll services

Please be aware that due to Covid-19 all courses have been suspended until further notice

Are you setting up a new bar, café, hotel or restaurant and feel overwhelmed by the regulation and licensing requirements? Do you need help organising the right alcohol licence? Are you moving your business and need the right premises licence in place? Are you looking for a certified training course so you can hold a personal licence?

If you answered yes to any of these questions we are here to help.

  • Licensing – Melrose Group has a vast amount of experience helping the licensed trade, with a highly regarded reputation within the hospitality industry. If you require a licence to sell alcohol, we can advise you on the application. We can manage the whole process, from ensuring all the statutory aspects are completed correctly to attending any hearings that are required in support of your application. We use a fully computerised licensing service which means we can keep our costs competitive and offer you a fixed price. After a licence has been obtained you are able to access our helpline if you have any problems.
  • Personal Licence training – Melrose Group is a well-established training provider, fully accredited by the BIIAB. We are rated as grade 1 outstanding trainers and we are the longest standing trainer in the Bristol area. We have two training centres; one at our offices in Thornbury and the second in Bristol city centre at the Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas, BS1 1UB.


    If you require a personal licence to sell alcohol you must hold an approved licensing qualification. Our personal licence course leads to the award of the BIIAB Personal Licence Holders Qualification (APLH). The course covers a range of licensing law information to ensure you know all your legal obligations as a licensee.

    Our first-time pass rate is over 97%. The cost of the course includes all training materials, refreshments, lunch (Thornbury training centre only), course workbook, exam fee and assistance in the candidate’s local authority applications.

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The service I have received from Melrose in applying for my new premises license has been thorough, professional and efficient. Through Melrose I also received training to obtain my personal license. The course was delivered by a talented and experienced trainer who made it very enjoyable and interesting.

- Jon Bartlett at the Vapour Place Bedminster Bristol

I have known Phil Down for the past 17 months, during this time he has been of great help to myself and Richard on our first business adventure. Nothing is ever too much trouble and he is always willing to guide me through the unknown and never assumes that you are ok. Phil and his team have a vast wealth of information and reply very quickly to any questions no matter how big or silly they seem; you are treated with great care. This whole team are great ambassadors to their company and work well together.

- Merryl Dennis (Landlady of the Racehorse Tiverton)

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Job Vacancies

If you are interested in joining our team, please see the current available jobs below.No agencies please.

Client Manager

We are currently seeking to employ a full time experienced Client Manager, to provide business advice to our core Licensed Trade clients within the South Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire areas.

Our Client Managers work closely with clients to create business plans, understand their ongoing business and provide advise on how to drive their business forward.

Requirements for job role are –

  • A strong understanding of all aspects of the Licensed Trade. Previous experience as a Publican or Pub Company representative would be favourable.
  • Good business acumen and best practice.
  • Able to understand and interpret Management and Year End Accounts
  • Good numerate skills – able to pull information from various sources to create financial business plans, able to read and understand stock take reports.
  • Good written skills, to advise in business plan narratives and liaise with authorities (Pubco’s, HMRC, Suppliers).
  • Understand different business legal entities and HMRC registrations required.
  • A good communicator, able to empathise with clients and liaise with authorities.
  • Be able to work on own initiative, manage time and meet monthly deadlines.
  • Be able to work well in a team and contribute to company projects.
  • Have good IT skills, knowledge of QuickBooks would be advantageous.
  • Have own transport with a clean driving licence.
  • Readiness to travel and cover your own region.
  • Maintain and build your own client list.

The Duties for the role will include –

  • Writing business plans with the client.
  • Advising on business start-up, HMRC registrations, advise on bookkeeping best practice. Maintain close client contact in early months providing support.
  • Attend regular client meetings and be able to interpret financial and stock reports Melrose produces, giving appropriate advice.
  • Preparation of monthly reports for Melrose and Pubco’s.
  • Deal with clients queries – being the face of Melrose.
  • Look for new business opportunities and promote all Melrose services.

 Benefits include a company pension scheme and six weeks paid holiday.

Salary: Depending on experience, a training package could commence from £28k to £32k. A fully trained Client Manager running their own region can command £33k upwards

To apply, please email, with your CV attached