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Run a small business and the advice and expertise of a chartered accountant can be invaluable if you want to keep your finances in order and your books in great shape. Finding a good accountant will certainly benefit your business, and it’ll ease the worry of complicated tax returns and messy bookkeeping processes. Before choosing an accountant, look for somebody that is vastly experienced, and use these tips to secure the services of a specialist for the perfect match.

Work with an accountant from the beginning

If you are starting a new business venture, it’s always advisable to secure the services of an accountant from the very beginning, so they can assist you and give you good advice about registering with tax authorities, start-up expenditure and the other vital services that are very important when you are beginning a new business venture.

Are they fully qualified?

Make preliminary checks to see if the accountant holds the necessary qualifications required to practice accountancy.  This will give you greater confidence as you know they are competent and capable of handling the tax and accounts for your business, without you having to worry about anything.

Do they have industry experience?

How much experience does the accountant have, have they worked with small businesses before, especially ones in your industry sector? Choose an accountant with many years of experience in the industry and this helps you to relax as you know you are in safe hands and being given advice from an industry expert.

What types of services do they offer?

Establish the level of service provided by the accountant, does this conform to your expectations? As well as tax and self-assessment, do they offer bookkeeping and payroll services, and can they give you advice about cash flow whilst helping to save you money on tax, covering all the basics of accounting and finance?

Do they have testimonials from previous clients?

Look for reviews before you make a final decision about your accountant. Are there any online reviews from previous customers that have worked with the accountant in the past or glowing testimonials from clients that have been delighted by the quality of their services? Positive feedback is a good indication the accountant is very good at what they do.

Choosing the ideal accountant for your business can be a little intimidating, but we have a good solution for you if you are looking for a qualified accountancy service in Keighley, Bradford and West Yorkshire.

Simply contact us here at Jim Lyons Accounting to find out how we can help your business with our accountancy and bookkeeping services, you can get in touch online or call us today on 01535 605247.

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If you’re thinking of setting up a start-up in the UK, you’ll be pleased to know that the process is incredibly quick, easy and cheap and that you can set up your new business in the space of a day. If you’ve decided to take the leap and set up the business you’ve always dreamt of, this blog post will take you through the seven easy steps it takes to make your business a reality.

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Your tax affairs are probably the last thing you want to think about when you’re running a small business, or if you work freelance or are a contractor. Every penny is important, whether it’s going into your account or out, but the costs of hiring an accountant is outweighed by the amount of money they’ll save you and their ability to help you grow your business. Read more »

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I have moved premises from Dalton Mill. Having spent over 2 years in an office in the Dalton Mill complex I have now relocated to
This is a newer office situated within the Armour Glass annex
(see exterior picture showing the Mont Ventoux  entrance below) and provides a nicer environment for working and seeing Clients.I look forward to welcoming Clients old and new to the new office.
Office Close Small Outside Small
Jim Lyons

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So glad 2015 is almost behind us!
Wishing friends, family and Clients a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.


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Right! I’m back in the saddle after an enforced absence and am raring to go!

If you need your 2014/15 #Self-Assessment doing you need to contact me URGENTLY. The #deadline is 31st January 2016 so time is tight but you CAN avoid a #penalty by contacting me now.

As always, I aim to provide a first-class service for a very reasonable price.


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It’s January again and, of the 11 million UK Self Assessment returns due only 6 million have been completed and submitted. Many of my Clients have either submitted already or, after gentle prompting, have at last supplied their documentation to give me a chance of completion by the 31st January deadline. Some have still to do so and they know who they are!

I hate HMRC penalties, a voluntary tax that far too many small businesses seem happy (or resigned) to pay each year. The self-employed are particularly prone to this. There is absolutely no need to find yourself in a penalty situation, but you have to give your Accountant or Bookkeeper a fighting chance to do the necessary work, to an acceptable standard, in a reasonable time-scale.

We generally provide a high-standard service but, if you give us a Tesco bag full of receipts on 31st January, we are unlikely to be able to submit a quality, optimised, tax return for you.

A worrying trend I have noticed this year, and I am attempting to sort one case out today, is where the Client tries to give his annual pack to the Bookkeeper or Accountant only to find they have “given up” or are “too busy”, leaving the client with a huge problem. Now the vast majority of my colleagues are totally professional and do their absolute best, especially in January but where the problem arises it certainly is a challenge for Client and Accountant. The timescale involved in simply obtaining HMRC authorisation, let alone compiling the Accounts, leaves little room for manoeuvre.

So, if you have not already contacted your Accountant or Bookkeeper I strongly urge you to do so now, without further delay, to at least see if they can accommodate you. Of course, if you experience any difficulty, give me a call and I will sort you out. But you need to do it NOW to give me a chance.


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Interesting article in the Keighley News about Dalton Mills.
As the article says, I was doing @Keighleypeople, a local Twitter blog where people from Keighley and surrounds basically talk to “Keighley People” in weekly rotation.
The outside of the Mill was improving visually, so I used a picture as a theme for discussion.
It was quite a popular post and the Keighley News picked it up and made a feature of it.

I have been based in Dalton Mills for a year or so now and am delighted to have several other tenants as clients. With more space becoming available, and a natural “churn” of tenants, this is a very vibrant location and, for a small business like mine, presents many opportunities.

Perhaps, as described in the article, my “Accountancy Business” may be a little grand I believe there is a market for local, convenient and competitive businesses to trade with each other to the benefit of all.


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Hi, again.

I have just refreshed my Homepage, and added some pictures.

I would appreciate any comments, positive or otherwise.



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Hi, again.

My telephones and Internet services are now connected in the office and phone number is 01535 605247.

No excuses now, need to get down to some real work.