Payroll bureau

Peace of mind and payroll expertise

With our HMRC-recognised payroll software, rest assured that accuracy and compliance are our top priorities. Our accomplished payroll bureau team is equipped to handle all aspects of your payroll production.

CIPP Payroll Assurance Scheme accredited

We are accredited to the prestigious Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) Payroll Assurance Scheme (PAS). It is the only voluntary accreditation to be developed in partnership with HMRC and is designed to identify risks to a business arising from skills gaps or inadequate processes. We are amongst only a handful of independent accountancy practices to have completed this rigorous assessment and we believe the PAS accreditation provides clients with the reassurance that we will deliver an industry-leading responsive, accurate payroll service of the highest quality.

Running your payroll

By outsourcing your payroll requirements to Thomson Cooper, you’ll forge a close and trusted relationship with our dedicated team, ensuring you always have an experienced partner by your side to address any payroll-related needs.

Our payroll bureau serves over 450 payroll clients, processing in the region of 10,000 payslips per month. Using our secure cloud-based payroll software, we cover all parts of the payroll process, acting on your behalf and running your PAYE scheme, whether it’s generation of payslips, pay calculations, deductions, or management of auto-enrolment workplace pensions.

Payroll has become more complicated as the Government increasingly uses PAYE to administer taxes and benefits. You might have to deduct student loan repayments, for example, or child maintenance. Maternity pay, paternity pay and statutory sick pay also need to be dealt with through the payslip. Working patterns have changed too, with more staff on part-time hours, or working multiple jobs with complex contracts.

Since the introduction of pensions auto-enrolment, the responsibility for pensions administration has rested with employers. Thomson Cooper’s payroll bureau seamlessly integrates pensions auto-enrolment processes as an inclusive part of our outsourcing payroll services.

If you’re running a business, there are many other considerations when it comes to payroll compliance,  including sector specific requirements. If you need support understanding and interpreting rules around the minimum wage, zero-hours contracts, or the construction industry scheme (CIS) rules for example, let our payroll bureau help and relieve you from the payroll burden.

Bacs approved

As a Bacs-approved bureau, our payroll bureau service allows you to outsource your Bacs submissions. Rest assured that all your employees will receive accurate and timely payments while we handle disbursements to HMRC and third parties on your behalf.



The advantages our payroll bureau provides are: 

  • guaranteed compliance with evolving payroll legislation
  • significant time savings and reduced payroll data entry duplication
  • cost-effective solutions for your payroll needs
  • enjoy the confidence that your payroll is in capable hands
  • accredited CIPP Approved Payroll Scheme
  • BACS approved bureau scheme


Get in touch to find out how Thomson Cooper can reduce your payroll admin and compliance burden by outsourcing your payroll.

Can’t praise them enough!

“Can’t praise the services of Thomson Cooper highly enough. Flexible, professional, friendly service, willing to offer advice to help/add value and always hit the deadlines. We have been using them for over five years and the service has been consistently first class with work always done to a high standard.”

William Bremner

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

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Elaine Cromwell


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