We understand our clients’ ambitions because we share them. But we know that without the right advice and help, an ambition remains just that. A pipe dream. And as far as we’re aware no-one ever handed down a pipe dream to their children, or retired on one. As the largest firm of chartered accountants and business advisers in the south west, we’ve been helping turn pipe dreams into reality every single day for the last 100 years.

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Insider South West Young Dealmaker 2017

South West Insider Young Dealmaker of the Year 2017

Payroll World Awards 2016

Payroll World Awards 2016

Insider South West Dealmakers 2016

South West Insider Annual Dealmaker Awards 2016

Insider South West Dealmakers 2015

South West Insider Dealmaker Awards 2015

British Accountancy Award 2014

The British Accountancy Awards 2014


Our Mission

To remain the pre-eminent regional firm with a national reputation in a range of specialist areas.

We will be the employer and adviser of choice and this will be maintained by a strategy of long-term investment in our people and services.

Guiding Principles

  • Drive the success of the firm by having passionately client-focused general practice partners and directors able to deliver excellent service, supported by top-quality specialists
  • Develop and invest in our people
  • Set ambitious, measurable targets along the way
  • Build our business around strong ethical values
  • Strive to be the most recommended accountancy, tax and financial services firm wherever we operate
  • Remain relevant and accessible to our clients
  • Innovation in our service offerings to the market and internal operations

Become a client

With any new client the first thing we’d really like to do is meet you.

We want to understand you and your business as thoroughly as possible so that we can advise you properly.

If you like what you have seen and read on this website then please give us a call. We will be only too happy to arrange an initial, free and no obligation meeting.

If you do think we can work together then we will nominate you a partner who will act as your dedicated key contact. Depending on your needs, other specialists can then be called upon as and when required.

Our history

We are named after our founder Francis S Clark.

After practicing as a certified accountant in Salisbury, Rhodesia – now Harare, Zimbabwe – he returned to England and opened an office in Newton Abbot in November 1919.

That was a century ago and since then, we’ve grown across the south west, with Exeter, Torquay, Poole, Plymouth, Salisbury, Taunton and Truro. We’ve done this by merging with practices that shared our values and objectives, and in the process we’ve become the largest independent firm of chartered accountants in the region.

In 2016, we joined PKF, an international network of independently-owned accountancy practices with a global presence in 150 countries, and we re-branded as PKF Francis Clark. Membership of PKF has meant we can better support clients here in the UK and around the world, especially those with international and cross border interests.

Since Frank first put up his plate in Newton Abbot, we've expanded his original vision from one partner with an assistant to 54 partners and over 700 staff with seven offices in the South West.

We can do all this because we have a shared ambition for each and every business we work with. We help transform a start-up into a thriving company. An unexpected inheritance into a fresh start. A third-generation family firm into an international player. We’re able to keep growing our business because we help you to grow yours.

Talk to us if you want a trusted partner that shares your ambition.


As a firm we are aware of, and committed to our responsibilities to one another, to our clients, the environment, our communities and charity. We would like Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to be at the heart of the firm’s ethos and values.

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FC in the Community

Explore our photo and video gallery to find out how we’re getting involved in our local communities through a range of sponsorships and charitable support and fundraising.

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Brand Values

Passion, teamwork, clarity, quality and integrity - it’s thanks to the dedication of our partners and staff and the loyalty of our clients that we have grown steadily since 1919 to become the largest firm of chartered accountants and tax advisers in the region.

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