Recommended Edinburgh Accountant

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Thank you to our various clients who wanted to publicly share that they feel that we are a recommended Edinburgh Accountant. . . If you would like to find out more contact us.

We are a small business that has been working with Johnston Smillie for over 20 years.  Throughout that time, we have always found their team to be friendly and approachable, no matter how unusual our issue.  In particular, Anne Melville is very easy to deal with and has been hugely helpful over the years.

I have now found myself dealing with Johnston Smillie through two other avenues and have found the same friendly and approachable attitude still applies throughout the wider team.

Jenny Barr of C A Barr Agricultural Engineers


We have used Johnston Smillie as our accountants since 2000.  Over the years they have completed our year end accounts, completed SAGE training and assisted with our in-house accounting and bookkeeping queries.  As our business has grown, they have become trusted business advisers who we can consult when making strategic decisions for the company, including attending monthly directors’ meetings.

Their staff have always been approachable and accessible whenever required and we would have no hesitation in recommending Johnston Smillie to others.

Becky Peters of Saltire Hospitality


On the recommendation of our business bank in 2001, we had a meeting with Ross McKay and decided to employ Johnston Smillie as our accountants (after having a bad experience with our previous one).

We were so happy to have our book-keeping, payroll, accounts and tax affairs running smoothly and ten years passed very quickly, with the super help of Anne Melville, our dedicated accountant.

In the interim time, we moved away from Edinburgh and opened a business in the West Coast. As we were in a small town, we felt that we should use local accountants. So we sadly left Johnston Smillie and moved our business to the West Coast. To cut a long story short, after four years we felt that the new accountants were not for us, so happily without further ado, we moved back to Anne Melville of Johnston Smillie and she kindly took us back under her wing.

We would happily recommend Johnston Smillie to anyone looking for a very helpful and patient accountant.

Bossard’s Patisserie Ltd


I have worked with Johnston Smillie for many years now and cannot recommend them highly enough. In fact, I have put a few colleagues in touch with them, who have all thanked me for recommending such a professional yet approachable company.

For my own experience I have always found them easy to deal with, prompt in dealing with any issues, in possession of a wealth of broad knowledge and above all, good value for money.

Jim Forrest


Welgo have been clients of Johnston Smillie for many years. They provide a comprehensive accounting service for us including our payroll. We like them because they’re approachable, tell it as it is and get everything completed in a timely fashion.

Brian Gordon of Welgo Office Equipment Ltd


Our relationship with Johnston Smillie began in 2008. Since then they have assisted us with acquisitions, provided annual accounts, tax planning, payroll support and most importantly a business ear to listen and advise on a number of important matters.
With clear and open lines of communication, dedicated to providing a professional and value for money service JS are a trusted and important asset to our business.

Ewan Nicolson of George Nicolson (Decorators) Ltd


I approached Johnston Smille in March 2016. I was a new Landlord with a number of properties and new to the world of accounts. At the time I was feeling overwhelmed by my tax situation. I now have a business plan and easy step by step guide for the future.

After making inquiries and asking other businesses for recommendations I was drawn to Johnston Smillie. From making the initial phone call to the completion of my accounts I was made to feel at ease. The steps were explained to me in a way that was easy for me to follow.

I met with David Miller who talked me through a tailored plan for my situation. I was then allocated Stacy Edmondson who was fantastic, with a whole lots of patience, Stacy was available to answer any queries or questions promptly.

My experience at Johnston Smillie was very professional in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. I can and have recommended Johnston Smillie to anyone who is looking for a professional service from a plain talking, easy to understand accountancy firm.

Thank you David, Stacy and not forgetting Yvonne Michalski who also helped me organise my finances.

Janice Rowan


Johnston Smillie have acted as secretaries and treasurers to our charity since 2009. Johnston Smillie and their team have provided the directors with a friendly and highly professional administration and accountancy service. They have also been very proactive in advising the directors of any matters of relevance to the administration and governance of the organisation. I have no doubt the directors made the right choice in selecting Johnstone Smillie who have assisted enormously in the smooth running of the charity.

Aged Christian Friend Society of Scotland


For over 10 years the team at Johnston Smillie have given me invaluable advice and support in both my business and personal affairs.

I appreciate that they take a real interest not just in business matters but that they also give thought and consideration to their individual clients. Dealing with numbers is certainly not my strong point and I am grateful and hugely relieved that I have been able to depend on David and his team to cover my weaknesses!

I had owned and operated a beauty therapy business for many years and under Johnston Smillie’s guidance I incorporated the business to reduce tax and national insurance. I could then concentrate on running the day to day matters in the knowledge that the JS team were looking after the payroll, VAT, accounts etc. The business grew and we moved to larger premises. Two years ago, again with David’s help, I sold the business in a tax efficient way, and planned my retirement.

It has been good to watch Johnston Smillie evolving and growing over the years and I admire their support of local charities.

I thank you for your professionalism, understanding, and wise counsel.

I wish everyone at Johnston Smillie all the best.

Lily Scott


I was referred to Johnston Smillie by a family friend when I was starting my own company. The process of opening my own business was stressful at times due to a lot of requirements that I did not understand. Johnston Smillie were absolutely fantastic in not only helping me to understand everything but also making me feel very comfortable in the process. I now know that I have a partner I can trust to keep me right which allows me to get on with business. I strongly recommend the services they have to offer!

Michael Rose of Five One Recruitment

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