Who we are and how we work

White Hart Associates

About us

At WHA we are proud of our reputation for providing our clients with outstanding service, and this is supported both by the number of referrals we obtain and the fact that many original customers are still valued clients.

As well as providing the traditional range of accountancy services to our clients across a wide range of industries, we have, for many years, specialised in the Travel Industry. This specialist team headed up by Chris Photi, one of the most well-known travel industry professionals, has for over thirty years provided advice, assistance and technical support to travel companies of all sizes, including travel agents, tour operators, dynamic packaging companies, airlines, flight seat brokers and accommodation specialists both in the UK and overseas. Our in-depth knowledge of the issues surrounding the specialist accounting procedures, regulation, bonding and associated issues, has been instrumental in assisting our client companies to navigate the complexities of this fast-evolving industry.

Our History

White Hart Associates – Founding

WHA originated in 1991 as a partnership and was incorporated in 2012. The firm also encompasses A.C Photi & Co, an accountancy practice which dated back to 1972

WHA has a core travel specialist trade, headed up by Chris Photi who has a wealth of experience in advising the Travel Industry. This was established in 2002 and continues to provide a very specific skill set in relation to the Regulatory Framework, Offshoring, VAT and M&A advice.

WHA also has established a very proactive accounting and direct tax department, headed by Chartered Tax Advisor, Mark Caldicott.

WHA also has a successful and growing small and medium business team of auditing accounting and taxation advisors headed up by Nikki Spoor assisted by Luke Photi.


What our clients say

  • barclays I have known Chris Photi, Senior Partner of White Hart Associates, for eleven years and consider him to have excellent knowledge of the technical and regulatory issues which play such an important role in the travel industry. Chris and White Hart Associates would certainly be one of the travel accountants I would recommend to our wide ranging travel client base.
    Chris Lee – Relationship Director
    Head of Travel – Barclays
  • teletext We have used WHA as our accountants and professional travel specialist advisors since inception in 2009. Their advice along the way has been invaluable – always professional, incisive and practical. Most professional firms I have dealt with are reactive and not proactive. WHA have advised us proactively on our structure, taxation, regulatory matters and on acquisitions, in addition to all the traditional aspects of auditing and accounting. We would recommend them unhesitatingly.
  • barclays Over the last few years of working with WHA, we have relied heavily on advice on some fairly complex issues. They always come up with rock solid advice and have massively contributed to our strategic direction and business success.
  • walkerdendle As the Managing Director of a fast growth independent professional services recruitment group, I have used the services of White Hart Associates and Partner, Nikki Spoor, for many years. White Hart has supported us from reviewing and advising on our very first business plan to offering assistance on banking arrangements and pension and tax planning. The hands on, yet very commercial view, of the partners has proved invaluable as the business faced the challenges of working in a highly competitive market through both expanding and recessional markets and we have enjoyed a collaboration of sound financial guidance and practical accounting to suit our every need. The range of accounting and bookkeeping services on offer has allowed Walker Dendle to bring many functions in house whilst also being able to outsource other confidential tasks such as staff payroll. In times of growth Nikki has also been instrumental in working closely with our management team to identify and train key staff and to develop a competitive compensation and benefits package including share option schemes for key employees. Most importantly the team at White Hart Associates has demonstrated a genuine understanding of our particular business needs and I very much look forward to continuing to work with them as we enter our next exciting period of growth and development.
    Lisa Dendle – Director
    Walker Dendle Limited
  • Finlay Brewer Finlay Brewer have been working with WHA for a number of years. WHA, and in particular our allocated partner, Mark Caldicott, have given us an excellent level of care, support and professionalism. Their attitude is positive and proactive, keeping us up to date with day to day tax and legal issues as well as tax planning and business strategy planning. As well as supporting the business WHA have supported my partners and I with our personal accountancy needs with similar levels of service. The partners and staff are always contactable and are happy to discuss the smallest issue. I would recommend them to any prospective client.
    Simon Gresswell – Director
    Finlay Brewer Estate Agents
  • Finlay Brewer Professional, efficient and friendly, White Hart are genuinely a pleasure to work with. We would not hesitate to recommend them.
    Craig Kromberg – Financial Controller
    Mr & Mrs Smith Boutique & Luxury Hotel Specialists – (Spy Publishing Limited)
  • Finlay Brewer I have been using the professional services of White Hart Associates, and more specifically those of Mr Chris Photi, for many years. They have been an invaluable source of advice to me in this time from not only the selling of one business and the start up of another but also the invaluable help in negotiating the labyrinth of rules and regulations that come as part of the renewal process of an ATOL license as well as outlining the most efficient funding solutions. They have reliably completed all payroll services, innumerable year- end audits and many personal tax returns all with unfailing sensible and no nonsense counsel. I cannot recommend them too highly.
    Brian Barton – Managing Director
    The Turquoise Holiday Company Ltd
  • Finlay Brewer Nikki Spoor has been an active member of AWTE (Association of Women Travel Executives) for many years and has helped many of our members during this time. Nikki has shared excellent advice with our members at formal development sessions and also as a contributor to our newsletters, especially in line with budget changes, tax implications etc. which is a huge benefit specifically to our small business owner members. She is always sought out at our networking events, not only in her professional capacity, but as a great connector of people as well as an amazing friendly face and networking enabler to those less connected and perhaps a little less confident when networking… Click here to read more from the AWTE.
    Debbee Dale – Chair AWTE
    Association of Women Travel Executives
  • Finlay Brewer "My companies have been using the services of White Hart Associates for the last sixteen years.  During this period we have enjoyed superb advice, accurate timely reporting and a maintained good relationship with the tax authorities.   All at a very competitive price"
    John Tierney
    Interdist Alliances Limited