Holly Tonge, Director

Holly is the Director at Brightfinch Limited, which she established in 2018 following a successful career in international trade and compliance. 

With over fiftenn years experience, Holly has extensive knowledge of UK and EU customs procedures. 

Specific areas of speciality include authorised economic operator (AEO), temporary storage (ETSF), customs warehousing, excise authorisations and guarantees. Holly has been managing projects in these areas for over five years. 

Holly works with the Institute of  Export & International Trade as a Trainer and Tutor, and is an ICC Registered Trainer of Incoterms 2020.

Holly Tonge

Holly Tonge


Claire Dalton, International Trade Advisor

Claire works as an International Trade Advisor at Brightfinch, and supports Holly in all areas of the business. 

With  a background in the banking industry, Claire also has over 6 years experience in customs consultancy and application management. Specific areas of expertise include AEO, customs warehousing and inward processing. 

Claire also compeltes customs reviews for clients, customs audits and MSS analysis, alongside bespoke research projects. 

Claire Dalton

Claire Dalton


Andrew Needham, Tax Specialist

Andrew is a specialist in international tax, land and property issues and  also a lecturer on VAT issues. 

Andrew advises accountants and individual businesses on all  aspects of VAT, but in particular, issues concerned with land and  property, charities, cross-border trading, Internet trading, security  demands, and arrears of VAT. 

Andrew has articles published regularly  in the accountancy press and is author of Bloomsbury Professional Value  Added Tax. He is also part of the editorial management team of Indicator  – FL Memo Ltd behind ‘Tips & Advice Tax’ and other specialist tax  publications and is author of their ‘VAT Tips’ newsletter. Similarly,  Andrew contributes articles to ‘Small Business Tax & Finance’.  Andrew was part of editorial team of Croner CCH and edited the Land and  Property section of their ‘British VAT Reporter’, and also wrote regular  articles for the sister publication ‘VAT News’. Andrew was appointed by  leading publishers, Gee, to edit and update the international trade  chapter of their ‘VAFB’ VAT handbook.

Andrew Needham

Andrew Needham

About Us


Knowledge & Experience

Brightfinch aims to deliver a refreshing consultancy and trainig approach to businesses looking for assistance with customs authorisations, compliance and training. 

Our small consultancy firm is supported by a wide network of associates in order to find the best solutions for your business. 

We offer an initial free telephone consultation to ensure we are in a position to assist your business. 


Startups & New Business Support

We work with a lot of new businesses,  assisting in the setup of authorisations you need before you can start operating. 

We offer a 25% discount off our rates for the first 12 months to help you during this time. 



“Brightfinch’s experience and guidance was instrumental in helping us prepare for an upcoming customs audit. 

We also took the opportunity to undertake some in-house training with Brightfinch, thus equipping our team with the knowledge required to manage our customs compliance more effectively.”

Kenneth McCartney, Managing Director


“We utilised the services of Brightfinch in order to gain AEO status. Brightfinch assisted in the completion of the application, the preparation stage and were present during the audit, ensuring the project went as smoothly and resulted in successful accreditation. 

We would highly recommend Brightfinch to any business looking for international trade and customs application support”

Mark Gravatt, Finance & IT Director


"We used Brightfinch when we needed to update our approved depository authorisation to a full ETSF authorisation. 

The process & help received from Brightfinch was easy & invaluable. Would highly recommend them"

Bruno Bertoncini, Manager

Industry Associations

Institute of Export & International Trade
Sheffield Chamber of Commerce
Customs Practitioner Group
South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce