Member Spotlight Interview

Helen McCartney-Smith FICB
HMS Accounting Ltd
by Jennifer Barker

I have had the pleasure of speaking with Helen McCartney-Smith FICB, the founder of HMS Accounting Ltd, a professional accounting practice that has been making waves in the industry.

Helen's journey into the world of accounting began in 2010, under the AML practicing license and membership with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). Helen's dedication to her craft is evident through her extensive experience, having started her career as a bank cashier and later working in the pay office for the Ministry of Defence, before taking on the role of regimental accountant. Her commitment to excellence is further demonstrated by her membership with the ICB, which began in 2009, while she was gaining her qualifications with 'Ideal Schools'.

What sets HMS Accounting apart is its unique approach to remote working. Helen, a passionate sailor, has found her office not within the confines of four walls, but out at sea. This unconventional approach allows her to immerse herself in her work, focusing solely on her clients' needs, while enjoying the tranquillity of the open water.

Helen's love for working with creative clients, such as graphic designers and jewellery makers, is palpable. She understands the unique needs of businesses in the creative sector and is committed to providing them with a dedicated accounting service that allows them to focus on their craft without the worry of financial management.

Helen provides her clients with a friendly and personalised service, tailored to their individual needs and a deep understanding of their businesses. HMS Accounting provides a full accounting package to all industries.

As Helen puts it, "Do you need a dedicated bookkeeper that has time for you and understands there is more to life than sitting in a gloomy office?”

Helen lives near the sea and enjoys spending time on land too! If you need a 1-2-1 in person, you’ll find HMS Accounting Ltd on the Essex coast in West Mersea and you can book an appointment with Helen via

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Helen's commitment to both her clients and her own well-being is evident through her involvement with Bookkeeper's Detox, where she and other members explore ways to improve their well-being to add greater value to the services they deliver to their clients. The envy is real when Helen's office is mentioned - an office on the water is something many can only dream of!

In addition to her unique approach to accounting, Helen offers a wide range of services, including bookkeeping, payroll & CIS, VAT, self-assessment tax returns, annual accounts, corporation tax returns, cash flow and management accounts. Helen's services are designed to cover everything you should need to collate, manage and deliver your accounts effectively, ensuring that clients receive comprehensive support to manage their finances and make informed business decisions.

HMS Accounting, under Helen's leadership, harnesses cutting-edge software solutions like Dext, QuickBooks and Xero to enhance services and deliver streamlined and efficient accounting solutions to clients. Helen remains at the forefront of technology, continuously exploring new tools like Client Engager to further elevate her offerings and ensure an exceptional experience for her clients.

Participating in industry events such as Accountex and the Festival of Accounting and Bookkeeping is always a fun and interesting experience for Helen. At Bookkeeper’s Detox, we relish the opportunity to connect with software providers, gaining insights into their values and future plans to enhance support for our industry. We engage in testing various software solutions, sharing our experiences to our community, giving growth and support throughout our membership.

HMS Accounting is not just an accounting practice; it's a testament to the passion and dedication of its founder, Helen McCartney-Smith FICB. Her commitment to providing exceptional service while embracing a unique lifestyle sets her apart in the industry. If you're seeking a bookkeeper who not only understands your business but also brings a fresh, innovative approach to the table, HMS Accounting is the perfect fit for you!


Bookkeeper's Detox Ltd   Company No: 14045342    Registered Address: 28, Nunnery St, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex CO9 3DW

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