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Save costs & reduce tax

Using our specialist knowledge and understanding of the financial issues that impact your business, we spend time proactively looking at ways to save costs, as well as helping you to save tax where possible.

Keep you compliant

We handle compliance for you, leaving your valuable time free to concentrate on running and growing your business instead of getting bogged down with paperwork.

Bespoke service

We understand that one size doesn’t fit all. Our services and solutions are uniquely tailored to your specific requirements and circumstances, with complete commitment to ensuring your objectives are achieved.

About Us

Wood, Hicks and Co. has been Gosport’s trusted chartered accountants since 1976 – tailoring accountancy, taxation and business solutions to help small and medium-sized businesses thrive.
We’re well-known in the local area for our personable and professional service, with our team ensuring you’re not just another number. This allows us to free up your time so you can concentrate on what you do best.

Our proactive and tailored approach means that we can meet the needs of our clients and allow them to remain functional, compliant, and profitable. We aim to boost our clients’ bottom line and help them to make the right decisions both now and for the future.

Wood, Hicks and Co. are authorised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and are an approved training office.

Meet the Team

Meet our hard working and pro-active experts who work with you to achieve your goals.

David Clarke
David Clarke


David started as a trainee with us and went on to qualify as a chartered accountant before becoming a director of the firm.

When David isn’t taking care of his client portfolio, he oversees the day to day running of the practice and ensuring everything is running smoothly.

Outside of work, David enjoys playing football (when he’s not injured), working on his new house and not indicating in his BMW.

Peter Sommerville
Peter Sommerville


Peter is one of two directors that we are proud to say started as a trainee with us. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, he was soon appointed as a director of the firm.

When Peter isn’t working on benefiting his clients, he oversees the day to day running of the firm, helping to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Outside of work, Peter enjoys craft beers, leaving carnival swings too early and swimming.

Geoff Hicks
Geoff Hicks


Geoff is a director and longest serving member of the firm. He has a vast amount of experience across many areas of tax and accountancy.

Geoff specialises in high level accounting and tax issues, as well playing a key role with a few of our charity clients.

Outside of work, Geoff enjoys gardening, spending time at his holiday home in Italy and chess game theory.

Mike Ross
Mike Ross

Personal Tax Specialist

Mike is a keen photographer and former proprietor of an independent camera store. Due to his experience of running a business he is business minded and enjoys helping clients get their personal tax affairs in order.

Mike is our Personal Tax Manager, and, as such, has a lot of knowledge and experience across the many areas of personal tax and self-assessment.

Outside of work, Mikes enjoys craft beer, photography and weekend festivals.

Brendan Hodgson
Brendan Hodgson

Accountant/Support Services Manager

After completing a placement year at IBM and graduating from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in Accounting & E-Business, Brendan quickly became our resident IT specialist.

Brendan has gained a wide level of experience in accountancy and various taxes, having worked with multiple companies, sole traders and partnerships (some say he’s the Swiss Army Knife of the Accountancy World). Brendan is a qualified tax advisor and currently studying towards becoming a chartered tax advisor.

Outside of work, Brendan enjoys travelling, photography and water sports.

Massimo Lo-Muto
Massimo Lo-Muto


After leaving university with a degree in accounting and finance, Massimo joined Wood, Hicks & Co. and quickly integrated with the team. As you would expect from a man with Italian heritage, he is flamboyant, charming and charismatic.

Massimo has recently qualified as a chartered accountant and is keen to develop further in his career. He has a broad breadth of experience across many accounting and tax areas.

Outside of work, Massimo enjoys eating out, playing football and any other sport he can sink his teeth into.

Andy Chapman
Andy Chapman

Trainee Accountant

Having conquered the science world with a degree and a masters, Andy’s next challenge is conquering the world of accountancy.

Andy is progressing well in his training as a chartered accountant and has recently gotten married, so to say he enjoys a challenge is an understatement!

Outside of work, Andy enjoys playing football, watching documentaries and returning parcels for his wife.

Helen Lee
Helen Lee

Office Administrator

Helen is the second longest serving member of staff at the firm, and has been our Office Manager for many years.

Helen is highly organised and efficient, ensuring the firm’s books are well maintained as well as whipping the rest of the staff into shape.

Outside of work, Helen enjoys travelling, socialising and spending time with her new family.

Harry Lumsden
Harry Lumsden

Administrator Assistant

Harry was hired as an apprentice and forms part of our goal to create and nurture young talent who adhere to our values and grow with the firm. He has settled in well, and as part of his role is reception based Harry knows many customers on a first name basis.

Harry is currently studying towards both his accountancy qualification with the AAT, and his driving licence (if you would like updates on when to avoid the roads, please let us know).

Outside of work, Harry enjoys gaming, sailing and playing pool.

We first contacted Wood Hicks & Co in connection with accounting required for a new Management Company formed in 2003, subsequent to the purchase of a small block of flats by way of leaseholder enfranchisement. Wood Hicks provided an excellent service for us as new freeholders, sorting out historic service charge issues, ground rents etc in a most efficient and friendly manner which made the entire matter easy for us.

– JT and LR, Gosport

Wood Hicks & Co have looked after my personal tax affairs for a number of years and arrange an annual return in a way that is detailed but easy to understand, they provide an excellent and personal service. I have always found that all staff from reception and throughout Wood Hicks to be very friendly and efficient and a pleasure to deal with.

– Linda, Gosport

Wood Hicks and Co advised us in 2015 in the formation of a new Company. Their help with Company formation, VAT registration and numerous issues was invaluable in ensuring that our Company quickly became established on a secure and profitable footing. Their help and support has continued ever since.

– API Ltd, Gosport

We changed from a London firm of accountants to Wood Hicks & Co in 2008. They provided an excellent service in connection with the Company accounts both then and continuing to the present, at a fraction of London prices. They have given invaluable assistance when the Company took on debts in excess of £3.6m and have provided a first class professional service where annual accounts are required for submission to The States of Jersey in addition to HMRC in the UK.

– Brent Street Properties Limited, Gosport

Since 2007 Wood Hicks & Co have provided a brilliant personal tax service to me, not only looking after salary issues, but also taxation in respect of personally held investment properties, both residential and commercial. They have given a wealth of advice and help exactly when needed. All of the directors and staff display a friendly and cheerful disposition backed up by knowledge and professionalism.

– John, Alverstoke


Today’s business environment is fast moving, complex, and highly competitive. Business owners need the support of professionals who provide on-time, effective solutions to help their business move forward.

Our team of reliable, approachable, and proactive accountants who will do more than just respond to your needs but work alongside you to help you succeed.

Accounts production

Professional accountancy is about far more than someone doing your sums and keeping you compliant. Every day you make commercial decisions and need reliable information to base them on, in addition to someone who can identify ways of saving you money, spending your funds wisely and eliminating risks before they become expensive errors.

We will handle your statutory accounts efficiently and on time, keeping you compliant with the taxman while letting you focus on running and growing your business. We can also prepare monthly/quarterly management accounts, allowing you to perfect your strategy and giving you real time business guidance.

Up-to-date and detailed accounts make a huge difference to your bottom line and it’s our role to keep you fully up to date with the important changes affecting your business.

Our accounts service aims to help you grow your business – and your wealth – by highlighting both opportunities and shortcomings in your financial strategy.

We can cater to whatever entity you trade through, including:

  • Companies
  • Sole traders / self-employed individuals
  • Partnerships
  • Charities
  • Flat management
  • Management accounts
  • Rental property

It’s safe to say that tax legislation is very complicated and easy to fall foul of, meaning even the simplest of cases can benefit significantly from positive tax advice. We recognise that every individual is different and needs bespoke tax planning to help achieve both personal and professional goals. By doing so we provide solutions tailored to your needs, making a real difference to your success and overall tax liability.

We make sure our clients pay as little tax as legally possible, whilst ensuring you remain fully compliant. Our dedicated and experienced staff are always on hand to give you the timely advice you need whether that’s helping you make informed choices about the factors that could affect your tax bill or advising you on strategies that will take advantage of all the reliefs, allowances and credits available to you.

Our wide range of tax services cover:

  • Personal taxation for individuals, including company directors
  • Sole traders
  • Reclaiming CIS deductions
  • Business partnerships
  • Rental properties
  • Preparation of annual corporation tax returns
  • Advising directors on tax efficient remuneration schemes
  • Cash and profit extraction
  • Choice of business structure and restructuring
  • Review of taxation affairs, tax planning opportunities & claims
  • Succession planning
  • Capital gains tax advice
  • Checking and adjusting PAYE notices of coding
  • Land and property
  • Rewarding employees
  • Share schemes
  • Stamp duty advice
  • Overseas tax
Bookkeeping, VAT & Making Tax Digital

To ensure you stay on top of things and can make the correct decisions for your business at the right time you need up to date management information. Our flexible bookkeeping service will help provide you with the vital and accurate data you need to identify your best options and make the most of available tax reliefs.

For VAT registered businesses we assist you to correctly categorise your expenditure and claim the maximum amount you’re entitled to from HMRC, as well as preparing and submitting the necessary returns. With the requirements of Making Tax Digital effective from 1 April 2019 we’re there every step of the way giving you peace of mind that you’re fulfilling your obligations.

We use cloud-based technology to help in lots of ways, however much or little you need us. Whether you want to outsource your entire bookkeeping or you simply need advice and support to organise your records, we’re here to help. As a QuickBooks Pro Advisor, we can give you access to preferentially priced licences and assist you with the setup of your software on QuickBooks.

Payroll & pension

From the national minimum wage to statutory parenting pay, there’s a lot to keep track of with your payroll function. As a vital part of your business you need to make sure it’s running smoothly, and getting it right takes skill and experience as well as time.

If you lack the resources required to run your own payroll then we can manage the whole function for you. Weekly, fortnightly, four-weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual submissions are no problem for us and we’ll keep you updated of all your legal requirements to ensure you meet your payroll obligations, leaving you to focus on the other aspects of running your business.

Our service includes:

  • Real Time Information submissions to HMRC, including end-of-year processing
  • Calculating statutory payments, such as parental leave and sick pay
  • Redundancy and other termination payments
  • Calculating directors’ national insurance
  • Preparing P11D expenses and benefits end-of-year returns
  • Applications for P11D dispensations
  • Provision of employee wage slips and other reports

We can also help you with your employee pension scheme so you are fully compliant with your Auto Enrolment duties. To make sure you fulfil your obligations and avoid heavy penalties from the pension regulator our Auto Enrolment service includes:

  • Calculation of deductions from employee wages
  • Calculation of employer contributions payable
  • Submission of Auto Enrolment details to your pension provider
  • Assistance in setting up pension scheme
  • Adding/removing employees from scheme
  • Assistance in arranging payment of pension liability
  • Reconciliation of deductions to employee wage slips and amounts paid
Construction Industry Scheme

Whether you’re a contractor or sub-contractor we’ll help you determine if you should be CIS registered and advise you accordingly. CIS is wide ranging and can capture businesses that may assume they’re outside its reach so speak to us today to confirm you’re compliant.

No matter if you trade through a company, partnership or sole trade we can assist in the following ways:

  • Calculate and claim CIS refunds
  • Calculate deductions from sub-contractors and advise you of the amount payable to HMRC
  • Verify sub-contractors
  • Submit monthly CIS returns to HMRC
  • Submit EPS submissions to notify HMRC of deductions suffered
  • Correspond with HMRC if they query deductions suffered
  • Register for CIS with HMRC
  • Provide deductions statements to sub-contractors
Protection against fees for tax investigations & complimentary legal advice

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) continue to receive substantial resources from the government to tackle tax evasion and avoidance, collecting unprecedented amounts of information for analysis to target taxpayers where HMRC considers a risk exists that the right amount of tax has not been paid.

HMRC also enquire at random, so you can be selected even if there is no hint of wrongdoing in any way. Once a taxpayer is selected for enquiry, the requests for information and supporting documentation are not only intrusive, time-consuming and tiresome to prepare for, but are also often of a technical nature.

As a result, representation by a tax professional is usually necessary such that it is quite common for tax enquiries to cost a lot to resolve. You will usually have to bear these costs whether or not HMRC finds extra tax to pay.

We offer a Tax Investigation Service in partnership with a leading insurer which protects you against the cost of representation against HMRC. This gives you peace of mind and safeguards you against unnecessary stress and additional fees.

As part of the service you will also have access to expert telephone-based advice lines on complex areas of employment law, health and safety, and legal matters in addition to a web-based toolkit for human resources. These services are provided by top law firm to ensure you are given the expert advice you require.

Other services

We also offer a raft of other services depending on your needs such as:

  • Company formation
  • Registered office address
  • Document certification & ID checks
  • References for mortgages and other lending
  • Independent examinations
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority report
  • Council for Licensed Conveyancers report
  • Propertymark report
  • Assurance engagements

Contact us now to find out how we can help you

If you’re interested in the services we provide or just want to know more please do not hesitate to contact us using the following details:

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