Jon Stow

Jon Stow

Principal, Jon Stow Consulting


Worried about your Self Assessment Tax Return? To cure all your taxation headaches and sooth your business nightmares call Jon Stow on 0845 456 3583

About me

Well, I'm an Essex lad, born and brought up, and am very lucky to live in such a wonderful county. I live near Southend, and know lots of people in this up and coming area. I have given up regular commuting to London, and wonder why I put up with it for so long, at the mercy of the public transport system. When I go to London, it is planned for a specific reason (business or pleasure), but it would be fair to say that I miss the buzz and excitement of working in London, but only now and again! My wife, Gloria I met Gloria in the summer of 2000, and we married just over a year later. It was the best thing that has ever happened to me. We were married in St. Helier, Jersey, and if anyone is looking for a romantic wedding in a place close but not too close to home, let me know and I will point you in the right direction. It's not quite the sticks we live in, but we have the countryside and the sea close at hand, so after a hard day we can relax and enjoy our surroundings.


I thought when I started out in business that an ad in Yellow Pages, Thomson and the local rags would have the clients rolling in. I am not the first to make that mistake. We have to meet people, and get to know them, earn their respect and trust, and maybe we can help them through our network before they can help us. You will get your rewards though, as many ecademy members can testify.

I started with BNI Castle Point and that helped me a huge amount, and anyway I have made some new friends I would not have found otherwise. I was Director of the Southend Breakfast Group of Essex Business Network. In this forum I may be preaching to the converted, but networking for someone who was not a natural networker but one who had to learn was a complete revelation. I still have a long way to go, but I am an evangelist for networking now.

The boring bit? Not at all!

In the recent past (within the last decade) I worked for a very big firm of accountants and then for a largish corporate consultancy.

Having previously been with smaller firms working closely with real small businesses I was very much conscious that my more recent employers thought they understood small business needs but didn't. One of the things they did not understand was that they were far too expensive. Of course, good advice cannot be given away for nothing and our customers and clients don't expect it, but there is no need to rip people off! I try to be good value and give a real benefit year on year far in excess of my fees.

Some may think me a complete saddo but I think tax is fun. There is a lot more to it than filling forms. I won't explain why, but if you have a tax problem, why not ask me, take a weight off your mind and let me enjoy myself. Of course I also review the tax affairs of the business and the owners if they wish to save themselves even more money! You don't have to have the whole menu.

If you would like business advice without the tax bit, or the other way round, that's up to you, the client. You should not try to save tax at the expense of your business. The tax tail should not wag the commercial dog. I will help you make your business better, too! I cure ailing businesses and make healthy businesses fighting fit.

I look at every aspect from sales through all their overheads and material sourcing to increase their bottom lines! I am not afraid to enlist the help of other professionals in doing so, and ensuring they are suitable rewarded, so I am a kind of business facilitator. Exemplary Consulting for business improvement! "

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Adiel Solomon

"Hi! It is an honor to be connected with you on Ecademy. I look forward to our networks being of mutual benefit to one another. Best Regards, Ishmael Samuel. "

Ismael Kaaya

"Hi! It's very nice to be connected with you on ecademy. Let us build a mutual business relationship in our businesses. Best Regards, Ishmael Samuel. "

Jennifer Bloom

"I'm pleased to count Jon as one of my contacts here on Ecademy. Changing Lives, Jennifer "

Dallas 'The Editor' Willcox

"I needed advice urgently and sent Jon a message via Ecademy. He responded immediately and provided the advice that I was seeking... and more! I was very satisfied."

Indranil Mukherjee

"I respect people who value relationships and Jon is one of the best examples!"

Andy Coote

"Jon has always been supportive and helpful. Not one to push himself forward he has a great understanding of networking which helped greatly during his time as a mentor here. "

Kantor Michael Poths

"Jon is a careful, kind and busy networker, I can recommend him as a good and useful contact! kind regards Michael"

Thomas Power

"Brilliant Networker. Huge contributor. Personal, sensitive, connected. "

Alan Gill

"Having known Jon firstly through the IIB South East region, then as my helpful tax advisor/accountant and latterly through ecademy - I can vouch for Jon's friendly and helpful approach across all these areas. A very good man to have on your side. Alan Gill"

Kevin Woodward

"Thanks Jon, a pointer to assist someone else from the off - a great guy!!!"

Shamus Doherty

"I recently had cause to find out about some implications about land in Ireland and even though its just a bit out of Jons area he was good enough to go through some of the basics and at least point me in the right direction."

Palmer Colamarino

"I can only confirm what other testimonials say. Jon is a very kind and helpful person ready to give a hand to newbee's. "

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"Hugely sensitive and perceptive guy when he lets his hair down. I don't know about his professional life, though I'm sure it's exemplary. I consider him more a friend, someone I enjoy making contact with, mainly through the more thoughtful clubs that are available. "

Nicole Wehden

"John is an absolute pleasure to meet. He is so helful and supportive and a great listener. He is the lovliest, most inspiring taxman I've ever come across - and he knows his stuff. John is one of those people who make Blackstar worth every penny! "

Mark C J Posen

"Jon is friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and an all-round genuine nice chap! Make sure that you connect with him; you'll not regret it."

Carl Skinner

"Great and fast help - to get my pictures posted. Many Thanks Carl Skinner"

Aernout Fabius

"Jon and I started chatting shortly after I became a member of Ecademy in September 2004. Tax is a complex field. As a trained book-keeper, that is one subject I need to know about, from a data processing point of view. In the 21st century Tax planning, do's and don'ts are better left in the hands of a professional adviser. When we launch our own services in and around Essex, I will look forward to working with Jon and help him to create more business referrals."

Adam White

"Jon is a testimonial to the ecademy network. He willingly gave of his time and expertise to advise me on personal and business tax issues; I am very impressed with his indepth grasp of the subject and its practical implications. If you are looking for no nonsense advice on tax issues, you would do well to speak to Jon. "


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