SMH BCL Accountants

SMH BCL Accountants is an independent firm of Chartered Accountants based in Leeds. Established in 1983, the firm became part of the SMH group following a merger in 2022.

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Our accountancy experts provide professional advice and financial strategies that are specifically designed to increase your business’ profitability and, of course, maximise your personal wealth!

Offering a friendly and personal accountancy service to clients across a wide range of sectors and business structures from sole traders to large Limited companies with multiple employees, SMH BCL Accountants specialise in advising businesses in the Licensed trade, engineering and building trades.

Ultimately, we want to help your business grow from strength to strength, which is why we take a proactive and personal approach and work closely with you to provide a service that is tailored to your individual needs. Our clients come first, and we strive in every respect to go above and beyond their requirements.

When Do You Need a Leeds Accountant?

We often get asked, “When should we hire an accountant?” 

Whether it’s about navigating the complexities of tax laws, planning finances for future ventures, or ensuring that your small business thrives, we’re on hand to help. 

There are several times you’ll benefit from hiring a top accountant in Leeds like SMH BCL, such as:

  • Starting a Business: When setting up your venture, small business accountants in Leeds, like us, can offer invaluable guidance on structure, tax obligations, and financial planning. We can ensure you’re on solid ground from day one.
  • Tax Advice: The tax landscape is ever-changing in the UK, with over 17,000 pages of tax statutes – more than any other country. A tax accountant in Leeds keeps you on top of new laws to maximise your savings and ensure compliance. This is especially important during tax season or when tackling complex tax issues.
  • Financial Audits: Facing an audit can be daunting. Our chartered accountants in Leeds have the knowledge to guide you through the process smoothly, ensuring all financial statements accurately reflect your business or personal finances.
  • Growth and Expansion: Scaling your business requires a smart financial strategy and high-level insights. Our top accountants in Leeds can help craft a roadmap for growth, from investment opportunities to efficient resource allocation.
  • Personal Wealth Management: Our private accountants in Leeds provide completely personalised strategies for individuals looking to optimise or grow their financial portfolios. We can help with investments, retirement planning, and estate management.

What Businesses Do Our Chartered Accountants Help?

Our team of chartered accountants in Leeds offers extensive support to a wide range of businesses. 

Regardless of the sector, size, or stage of development, we have the expertise to provide the tailored assistance that each unique situation demands.

  • Startup Ventures: We guide startups through their crucial early stages, focusing on building a solid financial structure. Our accountants help these budding businesses navigate setup complexities, tax registrations, and initial financial planning.
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs): Recognised as the backbone of the economy, SMEs benefit greatly from our services. As one of the top accountants in Leeds, we offer tailored advice and strategies that align with their needs. This includes everything from efficient tax planning to scenario analysis for growth opportunities.
  • Large Corporations: Our proficiency isn’t limited to small-scale entities. Our comprehensive audit, tax, and consultancy services will benefit large corporations, too. Our ability to analyse complex financial structures and offer clear, actionable insights can help big companies grow to new heights.
  • Private Individuals: Beyond businesses, we proudly assist private individuals in efficiently managing their wealth. Whether for tax planning, investment advice, or inheritance planning, our private accountants in Leeds are here to support and offer expert guidance.

What Accountancy Services in Leeds Do We Offer?

At our core, we’re a team of dedicated chartered accountants in Leeds, tailored to meet the diverse financial needs of businesses and individuals alike. 

We offer a comprehensive accountancy service to ensure no financial stone is left unturned. 

Here are some of our most popular services that companies and individuals love in Leeds:

For Businesses

  • Tax Planning and Compliance: Stay ahead of your tax obligations with our comprehensive tax planning services. Our tax accountants in Leeds specialise in optimising your tax position while ensuring full compliance with HMRC guidelines.
  • Financial Auditing and Assurance: Our Leeds accountants provide detailed audits, offering you the assurance needed for stakeholders and regulatory bodies.
  • Bookkeeping and Payroll: Offload the stress of managing day-to-day financial records. Our services ensure accuracy and timely financial reporting.
  • Business Advisory: Benefit from strategic advice aimed at growth and efficiency. We cover everything from startup formation to expansion planning.

For Individuals

We understand that personal finances can be just as complex as a business’s. 

Here’s what our private accountants in Leeds can offer you:

  • Wealth Management: Navigate your finances better with tailored advice aimed at wealth preservation and growth.
  • Personal Tax Planning: Our expertise ensures you leverage allowances and reliefs to minimise tax liability.
  • Estate Planning: Secure your legacy with our comprehensive estate planning services.

Whether you’re looking for top accountants in Leeds to handle complex corporate finance tasks or need guidance on personal wealth management, we’re here to help. 

Our expertise spans various sectors, making us the go-to accountancy firm in Leeds for all your financial solutions.

What Makes Our Accountancy Firm in Leeds Different?

1. Expert Chartered Accountants

Here at SMH BCL Accountants and the wider SMH Group, all of our accountants are chartered accountants.

Although anyone can legally call themselves an “accountant”, our accountants are officially qualified, which means reliability and quality.

While an average accountant may have studied accountancy at a beginner level, such as through the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), they don’t need to pass any exams to be called an accountant.

Meanwhile, our chartered accountants have passed several exams AND completed up to five years of work experience to be fully qualified as chartered accountants.

We’re also part of the ICAEWACCA, and Chartered Insurance Institute, which means we’re held to the highest ethics standards possible.

This way, you can feel confident that each of our chartered accountants will deliver the best results possible for you and your business.

2. Unrivalled Experience

With over 25 years of experience, SMH BCL Accountants has helped hundreds of companies and individuals get the insights they need into their finances.

From major PLCs to Premier League footballers, you can learn more about all our good work from our clients on the testimonials page. 

However, unlike other independent chartered accountants, BCL Accountants is part of a wider group known as the SMH Group.

We’re a collection of some of the most esteemed accountancy firms and chartered accountants in the world.

The benefit is that we have a 140-strong team of financial experts covering every aspect of accountancy, from VAT returns to mortgage brokerage.

This means you’ll always be matched up with an expert with experience doing exactly what you need.

3. A Reliable and Main Point of Contact

In a statement true to our foundations, we want to deliver the best financial advice to serve our clients’ short-, medium-, and longer-term needs. 

We’re here to ensure you have access to the most well-rounded accountancy advice on the market.

As a partner-led accountancy firm, we guarantee your main point of contact will be available whenever you need them. 

Your contact partner will ensure the in-house specialists working on your behalf take full responsibility for everything we do for you to ensure your accounts are completed to the highest possible standards.

Where Are We Located?

Our Leeds Accountants office is located at 2 Pavilion Business Park and has highly qualified and experienced Chartered AccountantsRegistered Auditors and Tax Advisers on hand to assist with your business finances.

Contact our Leeds based Chartered Accountants

To request a free consultation or call back for any of our accountancy services, contact us on 0113 242 4677, or fill in our contact form.

Our Accountancy Services


Accounting services


Our team of qualified experts can take care of all your accounting needs including bookkeeping, preparation of your annual accounts, advice on the relevant records needed and many other ancillary services.  

Audit and assurance

Audit and Assurance

At SMH Chartered Accountants we offer a range of services to help our clients manage their finances and achieve their goals. One of the key services we offer is Audit and Assurance.


Bookkeeper Near Me

We support our clients across all areas of Bookkeeping, which keeps the business organised and financial records up to date.

Business Start-Up

Business Start-Up

At SMH Chartered Accountants, our expert staff are on hand to assist new business start ups with their accountancy, tax and financial requirements. 

Capital Allowances

Capital Allowances

At SMH Chartered Accountants we offer a range of services to help our clients manage their finances and achieve their goals. One of the key services we offer is Capital Allowances.

Cloud Accounting

Cloud Accounting

Businesses that don’t have the relevant in-house expertise this is likely to mean more work for their accountants, and more cost for their business.

Company Secretarial and Legal Services

Company Secretarial and Legal Services

At SMH Chartered Accountants we offer a range of services to help our clients manage their finances and achieve their goals. We offer a range of services to help companies comply with legal and regulatory requirements. Our company secretarial and legal services range from basic statutory compliance to advising on company law and corporate governance.

What is the contractor


Most contractor’s circumstances will be different and there isn’t a rule that will fit all. We feel our value is really added to your business by discussing your circumstances with you and assessing what your requirements from the business are.

Conveyancing services


Our access to the best Conveyancing Legal firms across Yorkshire and Derbyshire means we can save you the stress of sourcing a good advisor.

Financial Planning

At SMH Chartered Accountants we offer a range of services to help our clients manage their finances and achieve their goals. One of the key services we offer is financial planning. We work very closely within this remit with SMH Financial Services one of our group companies. Our experts work collaboratively on all areas of financial and tax planning, allowing our client to receive a trusted and comprehensive service. 


Forensic Accounting

At SMH Chartered Accountants we offer a range of services to help our clients manage their finances and achieve their goals. One of the key services we offer is Forensic Accounting.

Making Tax Digital

Making Tax Digital

At SMH Chartered Accountants, our expert staff are on hand to assist with your accounting requirements to ensure you are fully compliant with Making Tax Digital (MTD) requirements.


Other Services

SMH Chartered Accountants act for a wide range of clients across varied sectors. This enables our expert staff to offer a diverse and tailored service to match our client’s requirements. 

Employee Care Programme

Payroll and Employee Services

At SMH Chartered Accountants, our expert staff are on hand to assist with all your payroll and responsibilities. We offer a range of services to help you manage your payroll and employee needs.

Private Client

Private Client

At SMH Chartered Accountants, our Private Client Services are one of our specialist areas. We have a longstanding history of advising personal clients across many diverse portfolios. We aim to protect the wealth of individuals and their families through considered tax planning, expert pension advice and bespoke legal services such as Wills, LPA’s and Trust work.

Research and Development

R&D Tax Relief and Patent Box

At SMH Chartered Accountants, we provide expert guidance to businesses in claiming R&D Tax Relief and Patent Box benefits, helping our clients achieve significant tax savings.

Restructuring and Recovery

Restructuring and Recovery

At SMH Chartered Accountants, we understand that businesses can face challenging times that require expert support to navigate. Our experienced team provides tailored restructuring and recovery services to help your business get back on track, whether you're facing financial difficulties, operational inefficiencies or other issues.



SMH Chartered Accountants offer a range of services to help you manage your personal tax needs. Self Assessment can be a complex process, but our team of experienced professionals can provide you with the support and expertise you need to ensure that your tax return is accurate and compliant.



At SMH Chartered Accountants we offer a range of services to help you navigate the complex world of tax. Our team of experienced professionals can provide you with the expertise and support you need to ensure that your tax affairs are compliant and optimized for your unique circumstances.

VAT Returns

VAT Returns

VAT Returns are a declaration of the VAT a business owes to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) or is owed by HMRC. All VAT-registered businesses are required to submit VAT returns on a regular basis (usually quarterly). The return includes the total amount of VAT charged on sales (output VAT) and the total amount of VAT paid on purchases (input VAT). The difference between the two is either paid to HMRC or refunded by HMRC.


If you are interested in any of our group services and looking to speak with one our in-house experts please fill out our enquiry form below. One of our team will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.

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