About Us: RIFT Accounting

At RIFT Accounting, financial management just got personal.

How RIFT Accounting can help?

Whether you're looking to grow your existing company, start a new company or you are looking for help or advice as a sole trader, thinking about a new way of working, or of switching accountants and considering your options, we're here for you every step of the way and the sky's no limit at all. We know how short of time you are, so we do everything we can to give you some of it back by working closely with you.

We really want to get to know you and your business and offer services bespoke to your requirements, so if you are;

  • A self-employed builder working under CIS requiring a tax return to get your tax refund
  • Employed under PAYE and requiring a travel claim
  • Wanting help to incorporate your first limited company
  • Needing to set up a LLP or Partnership
  • Looking to switch to a new accountant
  • Wanting help with your R&D claim
  • Looking for support to grow your business, maybe from a business coach or assistance at board level

….then just ask – we are happy to help.

When we set up your accounting with us, we will also provide assistance with registering the company or yourself for PAYE, VAT, CIS and corporation tax if required – its all part of the service.

Our packages are designed to be used by businesses and individuals working in all sectors and anywhere in the UK.

What Does RIFT Accounting Do?

As your Business Bodyguard, RIFT Accounting can:

  • Set up your new business whether you are a sole trader, limited company, LLP or Partnership.
  • Help your business to grow in a stable and secure fashion.
  • Switch your accountancy from another accountancy practice.
  • Deal with HMRC for you and help you to set up your VAT, PAYE, R&D or travel claims 
  • Management Information – work with you to produce data to assist with managing your business, cashflow projections and sales forecasting.
  • Complete and submit your personal and company tax returns
  • Ensure you understand everything that is happening in your business so you can plan confidently for the future.


What Does RIFT Accounting Cost?

Our payment terms couldn't be simpler. We charge an agreed monthly fee for the services you require.  The services will be agreed at the offset and can be amended as the business changes and grows.  Fees are calculated on an annual basis but paid monthly in advance to help with cashflow.

We are generous with our time, and all clients are given an accountancy manager to look after them. We don’t like jargon, instead we like to talk in plain English, so we all know what we mean.

So, if you need a financial watchdog to look out for your business, just ask….

Meet The Team

Dermot Kennedy (2)

Dermot Kennedy
Managing Director

Having been part of RIFT Accounting from its beginning in 2014, Dermot brings over 30 years of experience in accountancy and finance to the team, having worked in businesses all over the world, including Virgin Group in London and Parbury PLC in Australia, as well as the the role of Financial Controller for one of Ireland's largest recruitment companies. Dermot loves business and working closely with our clients is what makes him tick!

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Annette (Nettie) Buss
Business Development Director

Nettie joined RIFT Accounting in 2015, and brings her background in business management which encompasses a background in banking, business development and business support, she has also supported start-ups and worked for a CiC. Her extensive experience in the running and development of companies is where her passion lies and she enjoys working directly with business owners.

Luke James

Luke James ACCA
Senior Account Manager

Graduating in Economics and Business, Luke is an up and coming accountant, who works with an impressive portfolio of clients. He is a qualified ACCA Accountant, with a wealth of experience to share with those who are both starting their business journeys and those who are established and looking for growth and business planning.

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Marie Backler
Customer Experience Manager

Marie joined the RIFT Accounting team after 25 years in a variety of business banking roles. She combines broad-ranging experience with a keen passion for customer service. It was that same dynamic attitude that drew her to RIFT Accounting, along with the opportunity to meet new and varied clients.

Sarah Simmons

Sarah Simmons
Payroll Bureau Manager

With over 30 years of experience in Payroll both within the industry and in a bureau, Sarah really is the guru for all things payroll. Her experience is second to none and she is always available to help.

Sarah Fox

Sarah Fox ACCA
Senior Account Manager

Sarah is an experienced ACCA qualified accountant with a strong track record of working with a variety of clients. Sarah joined RIFT Accounting in December 2014, where she trained in-house with us, making her our first 'homegrown' qualified accountant.


Chris Wood
Account Manager

Having an enthusiasm for business and accounting, Chris started working in accountancy when he finished school and is now studying to become an ACCA chartered accountant. Also, a keen golfer for which he represented the county and has been a Junior Captain at a local club, Chris would always be up for a round!

Janarden (Jin) Srithanan

Janarden (Jin) Srithanan
Account Manager

Working towards his full ACCA accreditation as an accountant, Jin already has good experience working with clients. With an academic background in Mathematical Science with Finance and Economics, Jin works with clients on everything from completing company accounts to filing Self Assessment, CIS and VAT returns.

Emily Rogers

Emily Rogers MAAT
Account Manager

At RIFT, we pride ourselves on finding and developing outstanding talent - and Emily Rogers fits the bill perfectly. A new face in our team of Junior Accountants, she’s been working in the accounting field ever since leaving school and we’re delighted to take the next steps in her career with her.

Daniel Buckles

Daniel Buckles
Account Manager

Daniel is an intrinsic part of our team at RIFT Accounting where he manages both our VAT and CIS as well as completing bookkeeping for clients, self-assessment tax returns and assisting with accounts preparation. Due to the variety of work that Daniel completes, he is also an expert on a number of different accounting software, so he is always the man to ask!


Nicola Moffitt
Customer Experience Support and Bookkeeper

Nicola joins us with a background in accountancy administration, a pivotal role in which she will oversee any company changes for clients at Companies House, including incorporation of companies and the annual confirmation statement filings, amongst other key duties.

Nicola is a qualified bookkeeper and has a growing portfolio of clients in-house that she looks after.

Shaun Burtenshaw

Shaun Burtenshaw
Account Manager

Shaun has worked in accounts since 2011, with excellent knowledge in accounts preparation, self-assessments, VAT returns, CIS and payroll. Shaun is also experienced in a variety of software and will always be ready and willing to assist clients.


Emma Alford
Customer Experience Support and Accounts Assistant

With a career in customer experience in a variety of businesses including working for a building contractor, Emma has a passion for customer service and helping clients with any questions they may have, she is often the first voice you hear when you call the office. Emma also uses her bookkeeping experience and undertakes work for a number of in-house clients.