Skip to content

Quality Advice Quality Service

Show / hide the search form Menu

Established in 1918, Greaves West & Ayre has been advising and supporting clients for over 100 years. We've grown considerably over that time and now have 12 partners and over 120 employees. Our offices are located in Northumberland and East Lothian and we work with clients throughout the UK and overseas.

Our reputation has been founded on traditional professional values, matched with a passion to meet the changing needs of our clients. And, of course, providing first class Quality Advice and Quality Service every time.

Although accountancy and tax compliance services are our core strength, we take a holistic approach to meeting our clients’ needs. Working with us allows you access to our Independent Financial Advisers, our Probate team and our dedicated I.T. Services team. We’re accountants and so much more.

Our Team

Our Vision

“Quality Advice-Quality Service”

These words lie at the heart of what we wish to offer as a firm and are what we stand for. Our partners and employees share a sense of pride in providing Quality Advice and Quality Service to our clients.

Watch our centenary video

Working with us

  • Peace of mind

    Tax investigations by HMRC can happen to anyone. The work relating to inspections can be lengthy and, as a result, costly. GWA offers a Fee Protection service to protect clients against unforeseen professional costs.

    This means that, for a small annual fee, we will defend you if you are selected for investigation. You will get the best possible support and advice without having to worry about the expense.

  • Accountancy Fees

    Providing our clients with good value is fundamental. Our fees reflect the time and expertise of the individuals involved in handling your affairs.

    We know each client is unique and that’s why we don’t have set accountancy fees. We also know the need to be cost-effective and will always agree any fees upfront. That way you know exactly what you are paying for.

  • New clients

    When you launch a new venture those early days of trading can be daunting times. At GWA we are here to help you at every step of the way with personalised business advice. We provide:
    • support as your business develops
    • someone to turn to for advice and for your peace of mind
    • experienced partners to answer your queries from budgets, to HR to I.T.
    • tailored monthly price packages to help you budget

  • Personal service

    Each GWA client receives a personal service from one of our partners who will remain your main point of contact throughout your relationship with GWA. We take the time to get to know you and your business. We see ourselves as a trusted partner rather than just another service provider.

Greaves West & Ayre

Our Aims


To provide proactive advice in the way our clients want, when they want it.


To provide a range of services at competitive prices.


To provide secure employment in a modern working environment.


To build and maintain long client relationships based on trust, independence and meeting our clients’ needs.


To invest in ongoing training for our partners and employees to ensure we deliver “Quality Advice-Quality Service”.


To stay informed of technological changes to ensure we meet client needs as the world we operate in changes.

News and Events

Global Market Commentary – June

2024 always promised to be a busy year for elections, with one half of the world’s population heading to the polls. As far as financial markets are concerned, political surprises have now bubbled up in several countries within a short period of time. With much still to be decided by voters, there is greater uncertainty in the short-term investment outlook. However, inflation remains on a declining path in the UK, US and Europe, while economic growth appears strong.

Reminder of our Terms of Business

Greaves West & Ayre (GWA) has tried to deliver “Quality Advice – Quality Service” for over 106 years. Over…

Join us at the Summer Shows 2024

Summer is just round the corner and we would be delighted if you joined us at the Haddington Show and the Border Union Show once again this year. 

Global Market Commentary – May

Recent data has hinted at a divergence between the US and UK/EU economies, with signs of an economic slowdown in the States coinciding with Britain and Europe rebounding from a period of stagnant GDP growth. Having been neglected for several years post-Brexit, there is hope that UK stocks may finally prosper given a more favourable macroeconomic environment.