Burton Sweet offers charities and not-for-profit organisations – such as social enterprises (including CICs) and civil society organisations – a wide range of accountancy services, as well as legal, governance, regulatory, constitutional, training and other services and support.

Burton Sweet has a particularly strong and longstanding commitment to serving the charities and not-for-profit, social enterprise and the civil society sectors. We help both the organisations themselves and the professional advisers who assist them.

We are proud to serve a range of clients who represent the diversity and vibrancy of these sectors and to support their work for particular communities and wider society.

Why choose Burton Sweet is perfect for Charities or not-for-profit groups?

It’s really quite straightforward. Your causes matter to us.

We are committed to helping transform lives and make a positive difference. Our people are practical, professional and passionate about charities and not-for-profit, and civil society.

Our team members hold a wide range of specialist charity qualifications. Ed Marsh holds the respected ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting, and Cecile Gillard is a member of the Charity Law Association and an Affiliate of the ICSA – The Governance Institute.

Who we help

Burton Sweet Charities proudly serve clients who together represent the vibrancy and diversity of the charities and not-for-profit, social enterprise and civil society spectrum. From academy schools to poverty relief organisations, their activities include:

  • Family support
  • Community transport, community resources and facilities
  • Healthcare and medical research
  • Rehabilitation and preventative work with those at risk of self-harm and substance abuse
  • Environmental care and protection, recycling and sustainability
  • Combating poverty and social disadvantage
  • Social housing provision and reducing homelessness


All charities have charitable purposes for public benefit. All of them are subject to substantial legal and regulatory regimes with significant public accounting and reporting obligations.

Diverse in size, location and charitable activities – from addiction recovery support to young people’s education and development – they are equally diverse in legal structures. From charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) and companies limited by guarantee to trusts and members’ associations.

Faith sector organisations

Churches, chapels, places of worship and faith-based charities have distinctive characteristics. Our specialist knowledge and experience of their particular needs and sensitivities equip us to help them meet the challenges they face.

Social enterprises, civil society and ‘not-for-profits’

Community interest companies, and social enterprises and the range of other civil society and ‘not-for-profit’ organisations benefit our communities and underpin a healthy society.

How we help

We help by providing practical accounting, legal, governance, regulatory and constitutional expertise and advice.

Accounting, audit, independent examination

Tell us about your needs so we can help you with:

  • Accountancy services
  • Audit or independent examination
  • Financial and strategic planning
  • Tax and VAT …and more

Law and regulation

Tell us about your needs so we can help you with:

  • Charity law
  • Governance
  • Constitutions
  • Setting up new charities
  • Income generation, fundraising and trading
  • Restructures, collaborative working and mergers
  • Training and developing trustees, key officers and senior staff …and more

Our team

Josh Kingston – Charities Director

 E: josh.kingston@burton-sweet.co.uk

T: 0117 973 8441

Role: Director, oversees the Bristol Office and our Charities and Civil Societies team

Ed Marsh – Head of Development Director

E: ed.marsh@burton-sweet.co.uk

T: 0117 973 8441

Role: Charity specialist Chartered Accountant, trainer, trustee and volunteer. Passionate about equipping your charity to maximise its impact.

Cecile Gillard – Charities Legal Manager


T: 0117 973 8441

Role: Charity lawyer, trainer and author, trustee and volunteer. Proud to be helping you make a difference for good.

Josh Kingston


0117 973 8441

Get in touch today

Services we provide for Charities and Not-for-Profit

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We help you understand your figures, where you are now and how to get to where you want to be. Annual accounts are a

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Audit and assurance reporting

If your company, charity or other organisation has either a statutory or voluntary audit requirement, we provide an efficient and effective service. We are

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Clients receive first-class, reliable, trustworthy and highly efficient bookkeeping services from Burton Sweet, saving time and hassle by providing a complete end-to-end service. Our

Independent Examination (Charity)

Some organisations do not require a full statutory audit. Instead, we can carry out an independent examination as well as preparing accounts that meet

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Management Accounts

While accounts are required for legal and tax purposes, accurate and timely management accounting information will also help you to analyse backwards and predict


We take the pain out of VAT compliance! We can deal with all your VAT recording and filing as part of a wider bookkeeping

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