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Public Sector

Public sector bodies are closely scrutinised for their ability to provide high standards of service, with a continued focus on value for money and sometimes without having all the resources they need. Our support helps organisations to work efficiently, meet compliance obligations and ensure continued improvement.

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    Meet the team

    The team

  • Central Government. NDPBs. Health Boards, Local Government. ALEOs.

    Who we can help

  • Audit & Assurance. Business Advisory. Governance. HR Services. Payroll & Employment. Payroll. Systems & Software. Tax. Training. Virtual Finance Functions.

    How we can help


Central Government, NDPBs (Non-Departmental Public Bodies) Health Boards, Local Government bodies and ALEOs (Arms-Length External Organisations) all frequently access our value-adding services. Our multi-disciplinary team and breadth of experience means you can depend on our support across numerous specialist and niche areas. Whatever accountancy and advisory services you require, we can provide them from a single, convenient source.

When you find your organisation working under considerable time pressure or with insufficient staff, turn to our services which include payroll, employment solutions, HR and Virtual Finance Functions. This allows you to focus on strategic matters, with the peace of mind that compliance and your back office functions are in safe hands.


There will always be times when it’s helpful to have a fresh perspective. With our public sector experience and the insights shared between our specialist teams, we will bring a different yet entirely practical outlook to the issues you deal with.

This could be in the form of creative strategic advice, imaginative yet effective budgeting and management advice or proactive guidance designed to maximise your future financial performance. Whilst practice is often established in each sector, it can be beneficial to adopt and adapt solutions from other sectors that will help you deliver on your objectives efficiently and cost-effectively.


Through our experience of serving public sector organisations, we have a good awareness of your strategy, objectives and challenges. Working closely with you will provide the extra detail that will ensure we tailor our services and advice precisely to your needs.

We can help you install or adapt systems and processes to improve efficiency and performance, raise funds or investigate alternative income streams to finance your programmes and prepare forecasts to envisage the outcome of your projects. Our principal services include:

  • Internal audit and external audit
  • Accounting
  • Process improvements
  • Tax compliance and minimising your tax liability
  • Management information
  • Due diligence, including business plan reviews
  • Consulting, integrated with AAB’s dedicated consulting team
  • I instructed AAB to investigate a fraud which had occurred at a remote subsidiary of my institution. They acted promptly and with persistence in researching the financial background, providing me with excellent oral and written reports.

    Director, Charitable Institution

  • Since we established Exodun Trust we have worked with AAB to prepare our accounts and assist in the production of our annual report. We have a really good relationship with the team and find their professional approach warm, helpful and supportive.

    Meg Duncan, Exodun Charitable Trust

  • AAB have invested time in knowing us and as a result have been able to support us in improving our processes and systems. The team are always incredibly proactive in responding, price the offering fairly and deliver work that exceeds expectations.

    Julia Rank, St Mungo’s Community Housing Association

  • GSA transitioned to AAB as audit and tax provider in 2022. We have been impressed with the quality of service and the approach of the whole team. The audit plan focussed on GSA’s risks and was delivered to our timetable. We would recommend AAB

    Andrew Menzies, Director of Finance at Glasgow School of Art (GSA)

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