About us

Established for over 40 years.
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We are proud to have members of the team who have been with us since the beginning; over 40 years ago.

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OUR HISTORY

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OUR HISTORY

1978

Paul Routledge sets up on his own in Horsham as Routledge & Co. and latterly acquired a local practice to further grow the business.

1980s

John Holman joined Paul as a Partner of the business and they moved into Anova House, where the firm remained until June 2020 when it relocated to The Barn in Faygate.

1990s

Two Partners became four Partners as the business continued to grow through it’s excellent local reputation. There was also a name change to Routledge Taylor.

2000s

Simon Hoy and Walter Benzie acquired Routledge Taylor and renamed it Anova. Got you to the top of the phone book in those days!

You might be interested to know that Simon and, the late, Walter have known each other since they were 9 years old as they went to school together. And why did they become accountants? Their friend’s father drove a Rolls Royce. And he was an Accountant.

…sadly times have changed!

2019

Having founded a firm in 2017, Matt Cleghorn came across Simon and Walter by chance when a recruitment agent put him in contact as they were looking to their succession.

Immediately seeing a fit in culture and vision in Anova with his existing business, Matt contacted Phil Sleight knowing his tax experience and approach to advising clients would make him a perfect business partner. Luckily, Phil agreed!

And, we’re pleased to say that Simon continues as a Consultant to this day.

2022

Anova continue their expansion in Sussex through a merger with a Brighton based practice which was first established in 1995 by Robert (Bob) Gogarty. Bob’s excellent sense of humour was what first struck Anova Partners, Matt & Phil, which is an important element to their own style as it can help clients and staff, alike, engage in what can sometimes be rather dry topics!

Bob can occasionally be found in our Brighton office cracking some of his old favourites… why did the auditor cross the road….??

MEET THE TEAM

The Partners and Senior Managers are supported by a team of over twenty professionals who all benefit from a programme of continuous professional development, helping to deliver the great service Anova has become known for. The wider team is made up of Accounts Seniors and Assistants, Tax Seniors, Outsourcing Assistants, Payroll Managers, Bookkeepers, Office Administrators and Consultants. Our combined skills, experience and qualifications enables us to deliver a depth and range of services normally associated with the top tier firms. Please get in touch today to discuss your requirements.

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MATT CLEGHORN FCA
MANAGING PARTNER

Matt has over 15 years’ experience of working with owner managed businesses, larger audit clients and charities. Covering a broad range of sectors, Matt brings his experience to advise clients on business strategy, tax planning and profit extraction. Outside of work Matt is a father of two energetic boys and (when he can escape) enjoys cycling, running, tennis and golf.

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PHIL SLEIGHT CTA
TAX PARTNER

Phil is a Chartered Tax Adviser with over 10 years’ experience having previously worked at EY and KPMG. He advises businesses on various aspects such as profit extraction, employee incentivisation, R&D claims, international tax and exit planning. He also advises property developers and investors on tax structuring and capital allowance claims. Outside of work, Phil enjoys playing football, good food and spending time with his young family.

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KATIE SQUIRE
ASSOCIATE PARTNER

Katie joined Anova in October 2021 having completed AAT and ACCA, becoming fully qualified in 2012. She has over 15 years’ experience working in the accountancy practice sector. Katie advises mainly owner managed businesses in a wide variety of industries; she particularly enjoys providing VAT advice and accounting solutions to facilitate her clients’ requirements. She also takes responsibility for managing our charity and larger audit clients. Outside of the office, Katie is a mum to two girls and enjoys baking and watching football.

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  • Anova take the time to fully comprehend the client requirements whilst demonstrating patience and understanding. Anova go above and beyond the call of duty, if you seek a professional service where nothing is too much trouble, look no further.

    Spence Baxter