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 The UK is highly regarded for the quality for its manufacturing and engineering and efficiency of its transport, distribution and shipping. However intense competition means your business still needs optimum financial planning and efficiency.  

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  • James Hunt
    Meet the team

    The team

  • Engineering & Manufacturing. Transport & Distribution. Shipping. Chemicals. Automotive. Aerospace 

    Who we can help

  • Audit & Assurance. Business Advisory. Capital Allowances. Corporate Finance. Corporate Tax. HR Services. International Tax. M&A.  Payroll. R&D. HR Services. Virtual Finance Function. 

    How we can help


Globally and at home, businesses in this sector face a range of changing pressures, from material and fuel costs to political, environmental and workforce issues. Our mission is to provide the services and advice that help you operate on an efficient and secure basis, so you can evolve with your market and grow. 

With insights gained from our experience and our close monitoring of industry developments, we can help you expand your existing business or set up a new one, supporting it throughout its lifecycle. Our advice will always be clear and realistic, helping you make key decisions with confidence. 


From an accounting perspective, manufacturing and engineering businesses can be especially complex, particularly in areas such as inventory control and how to account for direct costs and overheads. Accurate and timely KPI data is critical to making the right business decisions. 

We will support you with the appropriate accounting systems and processes including helping you implement digital solutions to your business needs, provide perceptive and dependable auditing, guide you through complex taxation matters including R&D tax credits, Patent Box, VAT and capital allowances and support your growth through assistance with  forecasting, funding, M&A, international expansion and more. We will help you mitigate risk, so aspects such as pricing, supply and exchange rate fluctuations have minimal impact. We’ll be proactive in making suggestions whenever we can see ways to enhance your financial security and profitability. 


From owner-managed and family hauliers to large national concerns, businesses in the transport, distribution and logistics sector are constantly having to find ways to increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness. In the face of constantly rising fuel costs, import/export restrictions and congestion downtime that cuts into your earnings, you need expert, practical support. 

We’ll examine your business to find ways of improving margins, cash flow and tax efficiency. Looking further forwards, we’ll also advise you on aspects such as reviewing your business structure, raising finance, M&A and tax strategies to protect your wealth and assets and plan for your retirement. All this is in addition to our core services: accounts, audit, tax and VAT compliance, payroll and more. 



The shipping industry has unique features and requirements that require specialist accounting knowledge. We can navigate you through the complexities of shipping tax across multiple international jurisdictions, areas such as UK tonnage tax or capital allowances and the intricacies of shipping transactions, whether for individual vessels or entire shipping companies.  

We provide comprehensive audit and accountancy services to support your shipping or maritime business at every stage of your lifecycle, whilst also proactively advising on how your costs and profits are impacted by developments such as environmental legislation. As well as our own expertise, we can bring you valuable international connections and insights thanks to international Reach Network. AAB are members of Accelerate, a Business Associate of Crowe Global, and are also the Scottish member firm of The International Accounting Group (TIAG). As part of these powerful networks we have strong and proven contacts with trusted partners and can offer clients access to further global specialists who have international expertise in hundreds of countries. 


  • AAB encouraged us to submit an R&D tax relief claim. The team clearly understand the process to allow that to happen and were tremendous assistance in facilitating our submissions.

    Adrian Smith, Scotia Instrumentation Limited

  • As a smaller sized business, it is a comfort to know that our payroll is being taken care of by the experts and we can concentrate on supporting other areas of our business.

    Barry R Moir, Superior-Wild Well Energy Services Limited

  • The secondment support provided by AAB helped us streamline our accounting processes and enabled us to produce automated management reports from our accounting software. We have seen real benefits in the quality and timeliness of our information.

    Charlie Parker, John Lawrie Group

  • AAB have provided an invaluable service to my company over the years with fantastic taxation advice, financial planning and training for our staff.

    Roy Cowie, Roy Cowie LBS Limited

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