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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
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  1. Blog22nd Dec 2022

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    2022 Sector Year in Review

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  2. Blog2nd Nov 2022

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  3. Blog17th Oct 2022

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    By Karen Thomson

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  4. Blog19th Aug 2022

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