About Us

Our Team



Chris is a Chartered Certified Accountant with over 25 years' accountancy experience. 

Having worked in the London office for one of the worlds leading accountancy firms for 15 years, as a Senior team member, Chris' portfolio consisted of a large number of household name companies, charities, and not for profit organisations.

Chris has a fantastic ability to quickly analyse and assess a business's financial position, providing advice and guidance to clients.  Chris is also an Excel expert, specialising in creating bespoke, detailed financial models, helping clients to make important financial decisions and manage their cash flow.



Nicola is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' experience.  

Having qualified as an accountant in a top 25 accountancy practice, she moved into industry as a Financial Controller of an international group of companies, progressing to Finance Director in the renewable energy industry.  Such a strong and varied experience gives Nicola real insight into the issues faced by small businesses.

Nicola is passionate about providing great standards of customer service and expanding Zest's range of services using new accounting products to help our clients. 



Claire is an experienced operations manager, having spent around 10 years working for Thompson Reuters at their European Head Quarters in London.


Claire is working towards becoming a qualified accountant, and alongside her client work, runs the admin side of Zest, keeping us all in check!


Claire is amazingly organised, and is the perfect person to look after our client's bookkeeping needs.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - qualified accountants for small businesses

Accountancy with a difference

We've created Zest to provide small businesses across Newark, Notts, with a different, simpler, stress free type of accountancy at a great price.  Zest's ethos is focused entirely around supporting our clients & their small businesses.

To make our clients' lives stress free, we have simple fixed fees, a relaxed open approach with clients plus we're trained to the highest standard in the market leading online accounts software, as well as already being qualified accountants for nearly 20 years (yes, we know we don't look that old - ahem)


However, the real difference between Zest Accountants and your usual high street accountancy practice is the quality & quantity of support we provide to our clients. 

Support Line 

Our year-round support line is there for all clients to use.  We can help with a wide range of issues & questions on accounts, tax, online accounting software, VAT etc.  

As businesses grow and change, they encounter different issues.  Perhaps it's the VAT implications of selling to an overseas customer for the first time or the tax effect of leasing new equipment.  What ever the question, we're here to help.

We don't want our clients to feel like they need to struggle with their accounts during year, nor do we want them to worry about getting in touch and incurring a fee.  We're genuinely happy to hear from our clients and help them.  That's why we've created an approachable & relaxed environment for our clients.

At Zest Accountants we really do go the extra mile to help our clients.  We ensure that your small business is tax efficient and as a small business owner we ensure that you're paying the correct amount of tax.

Going the Extra Mile

It's easy to say, but we really do go the extra mile.  We don't just churn out your accounts and give them back to you.  We take time to review your accounts for potential tax savings, improvements or errors you may be making.

We'll point out any areas where the company could be more tax efficient, for example suggesting expenses you could be claiming or VAT not claimed.  We'll also look for potential problems such as warning you about exceeding the VAT threshold or highlighting an unexpected change in your gross profit margin.

We also provide you with a dedicated qualified accountant.  This gives us the opportunity to get to know you and your business, helping us to provide you with the best support & advice, saving you both time & worry.

Get in Touch

Get in touch to find out how we can support you and your small business.  Our meetings are free and so is the coffee, so what is there to loose.  Our meetings are totally confidential, so if you decide not to switch, no one will be any the wiser & if you do decide to switch, we'll deal with your old accountant for you. 



"We’ve used Zest for our bookkeeping and accountancy needs for over 5 years.
Absolutely brilliant service. We’re very pleased and would recommend to other businesses."


DB Chauffeur Services Limited

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 Get in touch to find out how we can help your small business.