Roll with it!

We learn how outsourcing your payroll can save your business time, money and stress.

Cornwall Payroll directors Jo and Tim WIlkins


Truro-based Cornwall Payroll was founded by directors Tim and Jo Wilkins in 2014. It now runs the payroll for over 300 businesses across Cornwall and beyond. It caters for all sizes and types of organisation, with employee numbers ranging from 1 to 250.

It is a family run business offering a friendly, professional service and has a great working relationship with all its clients.

It is currently the only accountant or payroll company based in Cornwall to hold CIPP accreditation (The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals), which is the gold standard in the payroll profession and involves a rigorous audit of all internal processes.

“We started the business when many companies were given a staging date for Auto Enrolment, following the introduction of the Workplace Pension,” explains Tim Wilkins.

“The business really started to really take off as many companies decided it was easier to outsource to a payroll specialist”.

And Cornwall Payroll works with many fantastic, iconic Cornish businesses. Here we look at some examples of how outsourcing payroll works for them.

Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate

Hosts of the G7 summit, the world famous Carbis Bay hotel has outsourced its payroll for many years. When their accountants closed their payroll department, they chose to use the services of Cornwall Payroll and have had a great working relationship for the last five years.

As the hotel & estate continues to grow, Cornwall Payroll offers continued support with the increasing staff numbers and the seasonal fluctuation of employees.

Hall for Cornwall

For its much-anticipated re-opening in October 2021, the number of employees was due to dramatically rise once again. Hall for Cornwall engaged the services of Cornwall Payroll prior to this in preparation for the influx of new employees.

Explaining the decision to outsource to Cornwall Payroll, finance manager Ian Abrahams explains: “Hall for Cornwall has a fairly complex payroll with cross-departmental allocations and task-specific additional earnings, so partnering with a local company who takes the time to understand who we are and what we do helps us de-risk the process.

“This works for HFC, as we can be confident in the knowledge that our in-house expertise is supplemented and supported by experts at Cornwall Payroll in a highly cost-effective, yet rigorous way”

Prima Bakeries & Cornish Premier Pasties

Prima bakeries is a real Cornish success story. Since MD Mark Norton bought the business ten years ago, it has grown from a just handful of staff to currently employing over 80 at its bakery in Scorrier.

Mark made the decision to outsource to Cornwall Payroll in 2016 and he hasn’t looked back.

“Having historically managed the payroll in-house, we recognised that our business growth and the introduction of Auto Enrolment pensions meant that it was time to look for external expertise,” he says.

“We were lucky enough to find Cornwall Payroll, who have been brilliant and look after us incredibly well. As a business owner, it has freed me to spend more time growing my business.”

In 2021, he also acquired Cornish Premier pasties and outsourced the payroll to Cornwall Payroll once again. Between the two businesses, they are now the fourth largest manufacturer of Cornish Pasties in the world!


One of Cornwall’s most famous exports, Rodda’s has been making clotted cream for 130 years! Starting out in a Cornish farmhouse kitchen in 1890, today it is still a family run business and exports its products all over the world.

Having historically run the payroll in-house, Rodda’s decided to outsource to Cornwall last year. Itfelt that the time was right to use the expertise of a local payroll company to help to keep up to date with ever changing payroll legislation.

There are many reasons as to why outsourcing payroll could help your business. The start of the new tax year is the perfect time to outsource or switch payroll provider. To find out more about how Cornwall Payroll can help your business in 2023, contact them on 01872 306412 or