Are they qualified Chartered accountant?
There are a lot of accountants based in Birmingham who are not qualified. Please stay away from them. You can either find a chartered accountant or a certified accountant. The difference between a chartered accountant and certified accountant is the qualification. A chartered accountant hold a chartered qualification such as ACCA,CIMA, ACA, CIPFA etc.
A certified accountant hold AAT, AFA, IFA etc certificates. However, it is not the qualification they hold it more about the skills and the experience they have gained. There are a lot of chartered accountants in Birmingham, are struggling with their profession. It does not make any difference whether if you are chartered or certified accountant. It is more important to evaluate whether this accountant is a good fit for your business or not.