BDO South East is ideally positioned with offices in Gatwick and Guildford to serve the diverse business, investor and high net worth community across the region. Our locally based, partner-led teams provide a broad range of accountancy, advisory and tax services to companies throughout Surrey, West and East Sussex, Kent and South West London.

Situated on the doorstep of Gatwick airport, next to Manor Royal, home to the UK’s largest industrial Business Improvement District, and within easy reach of Heathrow airport, BDO South East has a strong international focus. We act for many clients trading and expanding overseas, drawing on the expertise of professionals in 164 countries and territories within the BDO global network.


Despite significant global uncertainty and the cost-of-living crisis gripping the country, businesses in the South East remain optimistic that revenues will return to pre-pandemic levels. Many of the sectors severely affected by the pandemic are showing signs of recovery now restrictions have been lifted. The future is looking much brighter for the local economy in Crawley, which suffered the highest job losses in Britain, with Gatwick Airport reopening its South Terminal to meet the surge in demand for air travel this summer.


Inflationary pressure poses a huge risk to South East businesses in the coming months. The findings from our latest Rethinking the Economy research reveal that nearly 80% of businesses have only accounted for a 3-5% level of inflation this year – already well below the current 6.2% rate, which is the highest it’s been since the 1990s.

• Nearly half of South East companies are planning to request discounts from suppliers in order to counteract rising inflation.

• The greatest challenge for regional businesses over the next six months is the rising cost of living (37%).

However, companies in the South East are responding positively to the cost-of-living crisis, with 33% of businesses choosing to increase the wages of employees and 30% making one off payments to their staff to help them through it.

This level of optimism is also reflected in the amount of time it will take regional businesses to return to pre-pandemic revenues, with 50% stating that they expect earnings to recover within this calendar year.

A full analysis of our latest research can be found here.

Latest Insights

Inflationary pressure poses huge risk to South East businesses

April 2022
According to our latest data, 80% of regional businesses have only accounted for a 3-5% level of inflation this year – already well below the current 6.2% rate, which is the highest it’s been since the 1990s.

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Guidebook: Building an intelligent growth strategy

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Recruitment key to unlocking growth for the South East in 2022

February 2022
South East companies remain optimistic about recovery post-pandemic, with a third of businesses expecting to return to pre-COVID-19 revenues within the next 12 months.

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Is it time to relocate overseas R&D activities?

January 2022
Our latest Rethinking the Economy survey reveals the tightening of rules on domestic R&D will have a significant impact on more than two thirds of businesses in the region.

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End of year disruption threatens to derail recovery for the South East

December 2021
Business leaders in the South East fear rising energy prices will impact their end of year trading, according to our new research.

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South East Latest videos

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COP26 lasted for two weeks, but ESG is here to stay for South East businesses

November 2021
Our recent Rethinking the Economy survey has highlighted the growing prominence of ESG on the agenda of South East businesses.

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How innovation could unlock growth in the South East

October 2021
2/3 of mid-sized businesses in the South East are calling for better R&D tax breaks for all sizes of business to unlock their potential to scale-up.

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Stock shortages & supply chain issues pile pressure on South East

October 2021
Stock shortages and supply chain issues are piling pressure on South East businesses from the fallout from Brexit and the pandemic.

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Private Equity funding driving growth for South East businesses

September 2021
One in four mid-size businesses in the South East are actively looking for private equity investment to cover costs and support future growth, reveals recent research from BDO.

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Staff shortages and investor confidence threaten the growth of South East businesses

August 2021
Staff shortages may curb the growth of South East businesses, as mid-sized companies struggle to fill roles as a result of the pandemic.

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Make UK/BDO annual survey highlights vital importance of industry to South East as sector recovers from Covid

July 2021
Our latest report with Make UK shows that manufacturing remains vital to the success of the South East economy.

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Post-Brexit Customs Duties

July 2021
HMRC clamps down on non-compliance.

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South East businesses plan major shift towards new ways of working

June 2021
As offices prepare to reopen, business leaders in the region are making, or planning to make, significant changes to the working environment.

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South East mid-sized businesses plan investment and hiring drive to spearhead recovery

April 2021
South East businesses are looking ahead to a period of investment and recruitment over the next six months.

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South East manufacturers see mixed picture at start of year

March 2021
South East manufacturers are seeing a mixed picture in the first quarter of the year.

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