Deloitte LLP

The Deloitte Cambridge office comprises 10 Partners and over 280 staff who deliver a full range of professional services to the East Anglian region. As well as focussing on the life sciences and technology sectors for which the region has become so renowned, the office has long standing specialisms in other sectors including the professions, consumer business, food and agribusiness.

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UK Technology Fast 50

The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 is one of the UK's foremost technology award programmes, celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a ranking of the country's 50 fastest growing technology companies, driven by leading intellectual property and based on revenue growth over the last four years.

Launched in 1998, the UK Fast 50 awards are all about growth driven by leading intellectual property and are a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The UK Fast 50 is part of an international programme run by Deloitte. Qualifying entrants of the UK Fast 50 will be put forward to the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) programme, along with entrants from other national programmes run by Deloitte in the EMEA region.

Previous winners have come from across the UK, are both large and small, and include some of the most dynamic players in all areas of technology, from Internet specialists to biotech, digital media technology to life sciences, computers to semiconductors and software to telecommunications.

About the programme

Has your company experienced exceptional growth over the last four years as a result of technology innovation? Yes? Then this is the programme for you!

The UK Fast 50 is one of the UK's foremost technology awards programmes. Now in its 25th  successful year, it is an acknowledgement of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the UK. The ranking is based on revenue growth over the last four years and nominations are open to all tech companies across the UK.

Now we know what you’re thinking, why should I enter?

Most nominees enter the programme to enhance their brand profile & company image.

But that's not all, winners also:

  • Receive industry recognition
  • Are automatically entered into the Deloitte Fast 500 EMEA programme
  • Benefit from free publicity
  • Get invited to an exclusive winners' awards ceremony at a central London location

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Developing Businesses

Services we can offer include: Audit, Corporate tax advice, R&D tax credits, VAT, Fund-raising, Share option schemes.

  • Audit
  • Corporate tax advice
  • R&D tax credits
  • VAT
  • Fund-raising
  • Share option schemes

Services we can offer include:Corporate finance services, M&A advice, MBOs, Fund-raisings through equity or debt, Reporting accountants for IPOs, lead advisory on IPOs, Trade sales and disposals, Due diligence. 

  • Corporate finance services
  • M&A advice
  • MBOs
  • Fund-raisings through equity or debt
  • Reporting accountants for IPOs
  • Lead advisory on IPOs
  • Trade sales and disposals
  • Due diligence
Early stage venture / new start-up

Services we can offer include: Company secretarial, Accounts preparation, Audit, Business and Personal Tax, VAT, Bookkeeping and payroll services, Assistance with business planning. 

  • Company secretarial
  • Accounts preparation
  • Audit
  • Business and Personal Tax
  • VAT
  • Bookkeeping and payroll services
  • Assistance with business planning

Please refer to our Business Services page.

Assurance and Advisory

Deloitte adds value by anticipating complex business problems and recommending preventative action on many different aspects of your business.We are able to do this through the combination of our specialist skills, industry experience and our considerable ongoing investment.

We provide clients with professional advice and assurance on their controls and accounting systems all year round. We understand our clients' operations, their industry and the issues they face, and this enables us to provide them with relevant advice.

We have invested heavily in new technology to apply all the accumulated knowledge and experience of the firm to each engagement. Our computerised audit approach enables us to deliver seamless, world-class, global accounting and auditing services.

Our audit methodology is controls based and risk focused and complies with best practice auditing standards both in the UK and, where relevant, in the US. We seek to understand how client's control their business processes and manage key risks and to align our audit work with existing management practice, making best practice recommendations where we see fit.

We work with all our clients to ensure that the financial statements are fully compliant with accounting standards on present disclosures in an appropriate way.

Whilst we are able to serve clients from any industries, we have particular expertise in clients within the Technology and Biotech sectors. This expertise is not just within our audit practice, but also across the whole office and all services we provide.

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The pace of technological change is one of the biggest challenges facing industry executives today.In a market of economic uncertainty, technology companies are reshaping their business strategies in order to adapt for success.

Our Technology professionals are focused on helping software, hardware and life sciences companies deal with the demands of a rapidly changing market. These specialists understand the challenges that technology and communications companies face throughout all stages of their business growth cycle and are committed to helping them succeed.

Please contact Paul Schofield or David Halstead for more information.


The life and health sciences sector includes a diverse range of businesses.  Companies operating in this sector range from the established multinational pharmaceutical companies through to the start-up biotechnology businesses. Our Life & Health Sciences practice works with a wide number of clients ranging from some of the most influential multinationals to dynamic new start-ups. To address these challenges we provide a broad spectrum of services spanning audit, tax, corporate finance, strategy, risk assessment and technology advice. 

In 2020 we launched our Life Sciences Catalyst,  a collaborative platform enabling organisations in the biotech, medtech, pharmaceutical and technology sectors, as well as prospective investors, to come together to tackle the biggest challenges facing their industries.

The Life Sciences Catalyst will facilitate connections between people, businesses and investors to support companies with their growth, regardless of their evolutionary stage. It has a physical presence in the heart of the city and will enable companies to access an online database of white papers, participate in a virtual events programme, attend business surgeries and access Deloitte’s Biotech-in–a-Box suite of solutions.

For further information please contact Claire Campbell at

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Corporate Tax

The corporate tax practice in Cambridge comprises 40 professional staff, highly experienced in dealing with companies from start-ups to global multi-nationals.The corporate tax services we provide include:

- preparation and submission of corporate tax returns
- dealing with Inland Revenue enquiries
- preparation and submission of R&D tax credits
- International restructuring
- advice on the tax implications of mergers, acquisitions, disposals, MBOs.
- transfer pricing

Our approach to tax advice is based around investing the time to understand your company and the business environment in which it operates. Only then can we provide appropriate and pragmatic tax advice which is appropriate to your needs.

R&D tax credits are a key specialism for the Cambridge corporate tax group and we are at the forefront of discussions with the Inland Revenue on the key grey areas in the legislation. We have developed a structured process to assist companies in analysing their R&D spending to ensure the maximum allowable costs are identified and claimed.

Deloitte Technology

The Deloitte technology team in Cambridge serves a client base comprising of start ups through to listed multinational businesses.The focus of the group on technology based businesses enables us to provide a service designed specifically for the needs of your business.

Experienced staff within the TMT team will work with you to build your business. Services can be selected from our extensive portfolio. As your business evolves we will adapt our service to meet your changing requirements.

This service is provided by a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of specialists with extensive experience of working with technology companies.

How Deloitte can help?

Our service approach recognises that the needs of growing companies will change as they develop. Our portfolio of services will provide the level of support you require throughout the life cycle of your business.
Our services for technology based business include;- Start up services
- Fund Raising
- Strategic Alliances
- Human Resources Services
- Personal Tax
- Acquisitions


Business Services

At Deloitte & Touche, we recognise the differing service needs of smaller businesses - particularly high growth start-ups and owner managed businesses.

At Deloitte,  we recognise the differing service needs of smaller businesses - particularly high growth start-ups and owner managed businesses.These businesses often have relatively small management teams and therefore confidence in and support from your business advisers can be even more business critical. We are unique among the Big 4 accountancy firms in providing a tailored service focussed on small and medium sized businesses. Deloitte's comprehensive service offering, combined with the expertise and experience of our people, means that we can play a key role in helping these businesses to meet their challenges head on. Our team comprises people with specialist knowledge of businesses in the early phases of their growth.

We provide all the business support that you would expect from a general practice accountant and our clients get the personal service and convenience from having a single point of contact - their Business Services Manager - who co-ordinates the services we provide. At the same time our clients benefit from the wealth of experience and expertise that we have in our global firm.

We provide expert advice and assistance on the following key business issues:
- managing organic growth
- managing growth through acquisition
- e-business issues
- incubator services for start-ups
- financing your business
- profit improvement
- cash extraction and remuneration planning
- succession planning
- exit and retirement planning
- managing adverse change

As part of our comprehensive business advisory relationship, we provide the following routine services:

- accounts preparation (statutory and management information)
- audit of statutory accounts
- business and personal tax - including preparation and submission of tax returns to the Inland Revenue and R&D tax credit claims
- Value Added Tax (VAT) - including assistance with the preparation and submission of VAT returns to H.M. Customs and Excise
- Company Secretarial services
- Bookkeeping and Payroll services
- Assistance with finance raising and business planning.

Understanding the options available to a business, creating value, whether through new technology exploitation or niche services, are keys to growth and profitability. We service a large owner managed client base and our approach in providing support from start-up has seen many companies through to trade sale or flotation. We want to work with businesses as they start on their journey - and not just when they reach the threshold or pinnacle of their success.

Personal Tax

Through Deloitte Private Clients, we are able to offer a wide range of specialist tax skills to individuals.Our Cambridge office is a market leader in this sector and our success is demonstrated by the size of our practice. We are considerably larger than any of our regional competitors thus enabling us to offer a complete range of services.

We have extensive experience in all aspects of tax compliance and planning, which enables us to structure tax planning strategies to meet our clients' needs with a view to minimising income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax. Additionally, to satisfy the increasing number of clients that have exposure to non-UK taxes, we work closely with our Private Clients colleagues throughout the world to ensure that international tax issues are considered when devising an effective tax strategy.

We have developed a number of ideas which:
- provide tax efficient employee incentives
- protect shareholders exposure to tax
- on the sale of a business
- the restructuring of a business
- rapid growth in the value of shares
- are suitable for sheltering large one-off income/capital gains liabilities
- limit inheritance tax exposure on main residence.

We also have a dedicated Trust department for advice and administration of Trusts,
including charities, deceased estates and probate.

Deloitte in East Anglia

Over the years we have developed close contacts with a wide portfolio of clients throughout the East Anglian region, playing an active role in helping to realise their full business potential.Our client base includes large companies and major PLCs to private individuals requiring personal taxation advice. We also advice many small and medium businesses throughout a range of specialist sectors including professional practices, agribusiness, technology and biotechnology.

Our Cambridge office is staffed by over 280 personnel who can provide a full range of services from specialist groups. Each of our clients has a bespoke client service team selected and led by a partner. Within these teams we have established and invested in specific industry expertise.

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