Whittaker & Co was set up by, ex-WRAC and Royal Signals, Anna Cooperwhite to be specialist accountants to the security industry.

Anna’s husband John, left the armed forces after an 18 year career, which included service in the Coldstream Guards, the Welsh Guards, 7 Parachute Regiment and in the Gurkha regiment in Brunei.

John started to work as a security contractor in Iraq, and quickly found that the role was well paid; however none of his colleagues knew what their tax responsibilities were.

The Security Industry – Our Focus

Anna Cooperwhite (Owner) and Steph Davies (Non-Res Director) quickly discovered that clients working in the growing security industry abroad were offered minimal information about their tax responsibilities. The companies contractors worked for didn’t want any tax liabilities so ensured that their contractors were responsible for their own tax.
With the rise in piracy back in 2010, this resulted in a massive amount of security contractors moving to protecting vessels. The tax regulations for mariners are different to land-based contractors and Whittaker & Co started to manage accounts for the Maritime Security Contractors.
Accountacy For a Limited Company. One trading option for a business is to operate as a limited company. This will provide access to a number of tax planning strategies and limited liability status.

Other Specialists areas


Tax Advice

We have specialist account managers with extensive knowledge of tax reliefs in Non-residency and Seafaring Earnings Deductions. We work with our clients to maximise their earnings and hopefully ensure they pay the minimum amount of tax. All within HMRC’s regulations in relation to these tax reliefs of course.


UK Based Sole Traders

As a sole trader you will find time very limited. Our accountancy service for sole traders will help you make the most of your venture with experienced accountancy advice. Our range of advice includes; Year End Accounts | Bookkeeping | Payroll | VAT returns | National Insurance requirements | Tax planning


UK Based Ltd Companies

A limited company is a distinct legal entity that is able to enter into contracts in its own name. The fact that the company is a separate legal entity from its owners is very important as it means that all the company’s liabilities are the responsibility of the company – not that of the directors and shareholders!

Success Stories


“I would like to thank you for all your help this year. It has been much appreciated. The speed you deal with my queries and problems is quite remarkable. Under your guidance, I have found the transition to becoming a limited company most enjoyable and informative. Thanks again “

Sam Taylor

NON-RES Testimonial

“I have been a member of the Whittaker group (off shore side) for 12 years since leaving the military and joining the Close Protection circuit. This has seen me travel the world with little time to organise my financial.

Steph has been the one person I have 100% been able to rely on 24/7. She has helped me not only stay above board since day one but also helped in other financial situations such as direction when it came to buying a house. Without Steph and the company giving me direction, I would have struggled to concentrate at work with the worries day to day life brings.

I cannot recommend the off shore (as well as the other branches the company offers) highly enough. I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you once more. May the years continue as they have!” JUNE 2018


MARITIME Testimonials

“Thanks very much for all that and everything else you have done for me over the last 4 years.
I’m not sure you will remember but I met you at the Ruwi in Muscat where I gave you my GMRS contract in person. From that point on I have been so pleased with everything that GMRS and Whittaker & Co have done for me. There hasn’t been one issue and everything ran so smoothly. Hence the reason that absolutely everyone I met while doing maritime; I insisted that it was the only way to go and I know for a fact that the majority did so. Not just for Ambrey Risk but while in hotels and transfer vessels speaking to many others too.
For a relatively small fee having all the admin taken care of is such a weight off your mind…”

Matt Turner

Self-Employed Testimonial

 ”Whittaker & Co Accountants were recommended to me from a colleague back in 2013 as I was leaving the military and transitioning into my new career within the private security sector.  I have remained a loyal customer ever since both in a non-resident capacity and these past two years as a self-employed consultant.

The service the team at Whittaker provide is second to none, the support they offer is expedient and highly professional. The team always go above and beyond and its been extremely comforting having them take care of my tax affairs.

I would like to offer my sincere thanks for the excellent service they have provided me and would not hesitate in recommending this company when it comes to your personal accounting. In fact I wouldn’t go anywhere else!” June 2018

Philip J. Carpenter MSc

MARITIME Testimonial

“I have been with Whittaker&Co for 5 years now and they have not missed a beat.  The staff are always on hand to give expert and professional advice when requested.  Claire, who deals with the Maritime clients has been handling my accounts and has even come out to Muscat, Fujairah and Galle (Sri Lanka) to meet and advise Maritime Security members while out on deployment. 
They offer a service I have not found in any other Accountancy.  I would strongly recommend them to anyone wanting to join the Maritime Industry.” June 2018

Adam Benfield

MARITIME Testimonial

“I have been with Whittaker & Co since 2010. Like many others leaving the military at that time I started working offshore as Anti-Piracy Security.
The daunting task of UK tax and other legal expenses was professionally explained in terms we could all understand. I have every faith in Claire, Steph and the team to handle the HMRC paperwork and they are prepared to ”tell you like it is” without the corporate jargon!

I truly cannot fault Whitakers & Co and have recommended them to many of my co-workers. I continue to work offshore around the world now as a Safety Officer and remain a loyal client.” June 2018

Jez Brooker

NON-RES Testimonial

“Just a brief description – excellent service, if you want one less worry then let Steph and the team handle all your tax issues – however it’s a two way deal, just let them know when and what you’re doing and everything else is taken care of.

I’m in my fourth year now with Steph and the gang and I have never regretted it. Very prompt in all communications with regular updates always being fired out. ‘Brill, just Brill’ ” JUNE 2018

Dean Westerman

NON-RES Testimonial

“To anyone considering contracting abroad, non-residency is an absolute minefield which has seen many caught out! I’ve been with Whittaker & Co since January 2012 and wouldn’t trust anyone but Steph and the team to handle things for me! Professional, knowledgeable, understanding and have me covered every step of the way! ” MAY 2018

Jon Tipper
Reconnaissance Group

Self-Employed Testimonial

“I have been with Whittaker & Co for 5 years now and feel the need to elaborate on the level of service I have received, specifically this year from Annette Allsopp.

As a client, I couldn’t have asked for more from Annette. I requested my documentation be sorted as her earliest convenience. I was left extremely happy and more than satisfied with the results. Not only did I feel I was getting a personal service but I felt it was professional and knowledgeable!

Any questions I put to Annette were answered promptly and specifically without any confusing jargon. Ultimately I’m left very happy. I would highly recommend Whittaker & Co and specifically Annette Allsopp to anyone thinking of joining. ” June 2018

Mark McConnell
Non resident 2013-2014 | Self employed 2014-present.

Self-Employed Testimonial

“I was amazed how much time and effort Whittaker & Co put into saving me money, they more than earned the small fee they charge to do my self assessment calculations and form. My point of contact Annette was very quick to answer any question and emails. I would recommend them to everyone and I have done so.” June 2018

Steve Howard

Self-Employed Testimonial

“Since switching to Whittaker & Co, I’ve found that the customer service of the team to be fantastic.  They go above and beyond to make sure I’m kept up to date with my accounts and that I never forget anything either!  I’d recommend the team to anyone who is self-employed or starting up their own business.” April 2018

Craig Beckerleg

Maritime Testimonial

“I started to use Whittaker & Co whilst I was doing Anti Piracy Security on vessels and because of the service and high professional standard I receive I have continued to use them after leaving that industry to work offshore in the Renewables Industry.
My account manager is Claire Haddon and I have had nothing but quality, professional and personal service that is second to none that I have come across.
If I send an email with information or questions I need answering, I get an email back with what I requested asap.
I have a good relationship with the other office staff as well, who like Claire will go that extra mile to ensure, you as the client are fully informed of circumstances or what is required and requested by HRMC.
Would I recommend them to new anyone looking for a Maritime Accountant, the answer is without question and within a heartbeat. Thank you Claire and the guys back there for the continuous effort and service you give me.”
June 2018