Shu Architects

Shu Architects

Case study

Shu Achitects

Shu Architects is an independent, boutique architecture studio that offers a personal and bespoke service across the South of England. Founded by business partners Geoff Smith and Claire Humphreys in March 2019, they are passionate about low energy buildings including ensuring that listed buildings are upgraded, where possible, to be more efficient.

Founders of Shu Architects

Founders of Shu Architects

Geoff and Claire combined their passion for low energy buildings and great design to form their own company.

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  • Finding an accountant who understood the construction business.
  • Struggling to do their own payroll.
  • A start-up business with a tight budget.
  • Understanding how to set up a pension plan.
  • Struggling to use accounting software.
  • Time spent on financial issues was taking up time that was needed for business development.
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"Starting out with a new business is a scary prospect but after our first meeting with RS we felt confident and inspired."

Geoff Smith

Shu Architects


RS managing director Debbie Boulton reviewed their business plan and made recommendations on how it could be tailored to meet the anticipated needs of the company. Debbie also recommended an independent financial adviser who was experienced in setting up pension schemes for small businesses.

Debbie used RS's flexible charging structure to ensure Shu were able to manage the cost of employing specialist help, and set up regular meetings between Claire and Geoff and RS head of accounts Rachael Rackham, who makes sure they are always on top of their numbers.

They now outsource their payroll to RS.

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It was a relief to finally found an accountant who was 'switched on' to what we did and the specific issues we faced as a new business in this area.

Claire Humphreys

Shu Architects


  • Geoff and Claire realised they could afford to employ more staff and the company has doubled in size as a result.
  • They are also much more confident in their business decisions now they have regular input from Rachael to advise on the outcome of the choices they are making.
  • Having regular expert advise means they can concentrate on the core business and have been able to increase the number of design projects they can take on.
  • Payroll is no longer a chore.
  • They have improved their own personal tax situations by learning how to pay themselves tax efficiently.
  • They have long term retirement plans in place.
  • The RS team is on hand to help with any software issues.
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The support we get is fantastic. If we have any concerns we can get help from the RS team without worrying that we are going to end up with an enormous bill.

Geoff Smith

Shu Architects

First Floor, 43-45 Park Street



(t) 0117 248 2688

For more on its services see the company website