Welcome to Merlin

Are you looking to improve the numbers that matter to your business? We can help.

We are an independent accountants based in central Exeter. Our best clients are people like you – owners of small-and medium-sized businesses with goals in mind. While we can do your accounts and tax, we offer more than that.

Our approach gives you better ways of managing the numbers you care about, helping you make better decisions. That might lead to more sales or profits. But it might also mean getting your working hours down, or planning for early retirement.

Giles and Karen


The best option for ambitious business owners. Includes comprehensive support and advice to help you grow profits quickly and minimise tax.
For those who don’t need the full package – but want more than just a set of accounts. Includes business and tax planning advice.
All the basics. Perfect if you’re on a tight budget. Still includes unlimited ad hoc advice, and free extra reports to help improve your numbers.

Stories, advice and inspiration

Bookkeeping top tips for making tax less taxingUncategorized
January 8, 2024

Your financial accounts – in plain English

Admit it. When your accountant has produced your annual accounts, do you sit down and pore over them? Do you think about what you can learn? Or do you just breathe a sigh of relief that Companies House and the taxman won’t come knocking for…
Giles CorbyUncategorized
November 27, 2023

Meet the team… Giles Corby, founder and encourager of taking a different approach

Giles Corby is responsible for bringing together the Merlin team as you know it today – founding the company in 2006. His ambition to take a different approach to accountancy has supported numerous businesses achieve goals that go beyond a financial stacking up. So let’s…

Merlin Accountancy is a breath of fresh air. My business switched to them in 2018 and we have no regrets. The service we receive is a fixed price package and spread over monthly payments, so we always know the costs.

Wayne ToozeBlaze Concepts Ltd

I have found Karen and Giles to be friendly, accessible and totally unflappable! Quick to respond to queries and happy to provide advice when needed. I’d recommend their services to others without hesitation.

Cara StobartThe Devon Association of Local Councils Ltd

As I’m writing this, Giles has just called and said that he has sorted out another problem for me. Merlin Accountancy are just exceptionally great professional people; patient, honest, reliable, and always ready to help.

Simon WilkinsQuayclick Marketing Ltd