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Accountancy firms and networks

The accountancy profession covers a huge number of diverse organisations and firms. On this page you can access a range of articles, books and online resources providing quick links to surveys, directories and groups.

What's on this page?

  • Surveys of accountancy firms
  • Surveys of accounting networks and associations
  • Directories and listings of firms and networks
  • Online articles and surveys
  • Articles and books from the Library

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Surveys of accountancy firms

Accountancy Top 60 (UK)
Annual listing of the top 60 UK accountancy firms.

Accountancy Age Top 50 +50 (UK)
Annual listing of the top 100 UK accountancy firms with information on fee income and number of partners. Previous editions of the survey are also available for:

Inter-firm Comparison Survey (ACCA)
Results of a survey conducted by ACCA UK which includes figures for hourly charge out rates for partners/directors. The latest survey was carried out in November 2008.

Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession
Annual publication of statistics relating to members and students of the CCAB bodies published by the Financial Reporting Council.

The reports available online include both current and archived editions:

Surveys of accounting networks and associations

Top 40 Networks 2014: The survey
Results of 2014 Accountancy Age survey of international networks, associations and alliances.

Top 35 Networks 2013: New markets, opportunities, threats
Analysis of Accountancy Age's 2013 survey of international networks and associations.

Top 35 Networks 2012
Results of Accountancy Age's survey of networks, associations and alliances. Full figures are available to download in PDF format.

Top 35 International networks, associations and alliances 2011
Accountancy Age article published on 6 June 2011, summarising the findings of the survey. The full report and table is available to download.

Top 30 Accounting Networks and Associations 2009
Article published on 28 May 2009 reporting on the findings of the survey of international networks and associations conducted by Accountancy Age. Comparative figures which include combined annual income, number of partners and number of staff.

Directories and listings of firms and networks

UK and Ireland

Find a Chartered Accountant
ICAEW members and firms can be searched for by name, location (town, county, country or London post code) or specialisation. Basic details are given for all firms, including name, address, telephone, fax and where available links to email addresses and websites. Details may also be given of principals who are ICAEW members and of any authorisation held by the firm from ICAEW, for example for audit work.

Find a CA – Firms (ICAS)
Online directory of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland covering CA Firms. Search by name and location.

ACCA Directories Online
This site provides access to the ACCA Directory of Members (registered members of the ACCA) and Directory of Business Advisers (with a choice of three separate searches, for an ACCA UK/Ireland firm or ACCA worldwide firm or ACCA non-executive director) as well as providing advice on how to choose an accountant.

Complete list of AISMA accountants
Directory of accountants who are specialists in working for medical practitioners. Firms can be located by location or by firm name.


International Association of Practising Accountants (IAPA)
International accountancy organisation, representing members in 60 countries. The IAPA website includes information about the organisation and a list of members.

EGIAN: European Group of International Accounting Networks and Associations
Forum for medium-sized accounting networks and associations.

CPA firm directory (Canada)
Service in English and French provided by CPA Canada. Search firms by name, location, size and specialism.

Find a CFP professional
Listing of professionals authorized by the CFP Board to use the CFP and Certified Financial Planner certification marks. Searches can be made by name and location.

CPA Directory (US)
Described as the largest online directory of Certified Public Accountants in the US. The directory includes a basic search (by name or city, and US state) and an advanced search form (allowing searches narrowed down to Accountants or Firms by: service provided, industries serviced, and US state).

Online French language directory of accountants in France is available from the Ordre des Experts-Comptables. Searchable by region, and then by any of the following: name, department, town, or regional council.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Articles are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans. You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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