Bookkeeping & Cloud Accounting

We’re with you all year round

Are you running a small business and struggling to keep on top of your accounts?

Do you need help getting started with cloud accounting software?

Do you want to have an up-to-date picture of your finances?

Do you want to use your numbers to help your business grow?

More than just bookkeeping

We take away the burden of keeping your day-to-day accounts.

We add to your knowledge and understanding of the numbers in your business.

We take away the stress of completing statutory accounts and returns.

We help your business to flourish and grow.

Services designed around you

A full bookkeeping service recording and reconciling all the transactions in your business, using cloud accounting technology that can give you a real-time picture of your business finances.

Accounting software training and support

If you prefer to do your own bookkeeping we provide training in QuickBooks Online or Xero so that you can use the software to invoice clients and keep your financial information up to date. We’re here to support you whenever you need it.

Management reports

We provide you with reports and information to help you interpret the numbers in your business to so you can make informed business decisions.

VAT returns

We prepare and submit your VAT returns.

Year end accounts and returns

We prepare and submit your year end accounts and returns or pass the information on to your accountant for submission.

No surprises

We give you a free one hour diagnostic consultation so that together we can identify the services that your business will benefit from.

We work with you to create a package of services that meet your needs. This means we can tell you how much it will cost up front so we won’t be  giving you any surprise bills.

We give you time to think about our proposal and make a decision that’s right for you.

Friendly and professional

We are qualified, experienced accounting professionals, licensed and regulated by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

We make it our business to get to know and understand you and your business and provide you with the services you need to achieve your goals.

We’re Nearby

We’re based in Durham and serve clients in North East England.

We’re close enough that we can visit you at your premises and see for ourselves what you do.  With cloud accounting software we can do much of your work remotely but we don’t want to feel remote. We’re always here for you when you need to get in touch.  We are happy to come to you for meetings or to work at your premises when needed.

Please get in touch to arrange your free diagnostic meeting.

Pears Bookkeeping Ltd is licensed and regulated by the
Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
Practice Licence Number: 21547

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A monthly or weekly bookkeeping service to get your paperwork in order and keep your financial records up to date by recording your income and expenses, bill payments and customer invoices then checking it all against your bank statements.

This service is about more than just keeping records. We can monitor your debtors, creditors and expenses, keep you informed of tax and payment deadlines and be available for you to get in touch whenever you need support or information.

 Cloud accounting Set up and Support

Do you prefer to do your own bookkeeping and need some help getting started with cloud accounting?  We can help you set up QuickBooks Online or Xero accounting software and provide you with training and ongoing support.

If you are already using QuickBooks Online or Xero but need some support we will provide you with a diagnostic check, do any tidy up work needed, then provide you with training and ongoing support.

You may want to do your own invoicing and leave us to do the rest.  We can work with you to help you decide how hands-on you want to be with your accounting software.  We can change and adapt as your business grows.

VAT Returns

If you are VAT registered we can prepare and submit your VAT returns using your cloud accounting software which is compliant with the requirements of Making Tax Digital.

Management Reports

Your cloud accounting package can give you a real-time picture of your profits and business activity.  We can help you to use that information all year round to make decisions for your business by providing you with regular management reports, meetings or phone calls to suit your needs.

Year End

We work with you all year round offering bookkeeping and cloud accounting software and support.  At year end we can also help you with your accounts and returns.  Our services depend on the type of business you have.

Micro Company

If you run a micro company, we can prepare your year end accounts and returns.  A micro company has a turnover of £632,000 or less, £316,000 or less on its balance sheet and 10 employees or less.  There are other factors to take into account too but we can talk about this at your free consultation to ensure your needs are met.

Small Company

If your company is bigger than a micro company we will work with your accountant and provide them the information they need at the year end.

Sole trader or Partnership

We offer a one-stop shop for sole traders and partnerships  so we can help bookkeeping or software support throughout the year and prepare and submit your Self Assessment tax return at the year end.

If you need help with a backlog of bookkeeping before your Self Assessment return can be completed, we can deal with that and set you up on a cloud accounting package so that in future years you’ll be ahead of the game and have useful information in real time to help you run your business.

About the Software

We like to use cloud accounting software  for bookkeeping because it offers so many useful features to help you keep track of your business. You can access your account any time to see a picture of your profits and business activity.  We specialise in QuickBooks Online and Xero accounting software and will be happy to help you choose the software that best suits your needs.

We also use Receipt Bank to process receipts and invoices quickly and accurately saving us time and you money.

This all means you’re ready for the changes that HMRC are making to the way you report information to them through Making Tax Digital.

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Get in Touch to Arrange Your Free First Meeting

We’re committed to helping small businesses succeed and although we hope you’ll want to work with us we’re not going to pressure you to sign on the dotted line.   We want you to choose the solution that works best for you and your business.


We’re based in Durham and serve County Durham and the North East.

If you want to find out more please get in touch. You can phone us on 0191 375 5727 or 07902 582172 or use the contact form below.

Office address: Portland House, Belmont Business Park, Durham, DH1 1TW

Registered address: 1 Staindrop Road, Durham, DH1 5XS
Company Number 12164244


Meet the Team

Elizabeth Pears is a qualified member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.  For five years she ran her own publishing business.  When she sold the business she completed a maths degree and took qualifications with AAT and ICB so she could combine her love of numbers and enthusiasm for small business to start up Pears Bookkeeping.  Elizabeth is QuickBooks Online and Xero certified.

John Kumpalume is a Chartered Certified Accountant and member of ACCA.  He has very strong accounting knowledge having also completed a Masters degree in Accounting.  His background is in public and voluntary sector accountancy.  He joined us at Pears Bookkeeping after making the move into small business accounting.   John is QuickBooks Online and Xero certified.

James Croucher has a background in mortgage advice and was working as a Compliance Manager when he decided on a career change after helping family members with their bookkeeping.  He’s qualified in UK Financial Regulation and is working his way through the AAT Accounting Qualifications.  James is QuickBooks Online and Xero certified and is our go-to person for tech support.

Making your business work for you

When you’re starting a new business or newly self employed, it can make sense to deal with the bookkeeping yourself but as your business grows your time might be better spent doing what you do best. It’s hard to let go to someone who doesn’t know and care about your business as much as you do.  We do this job because we’re interested in small businesses and want to help you to achieve your goals and aims.

Making decisions about your business is much easier when you’ve got accurate, up-to-date information about your profits and business activity. We’ll make it our business to get to know and understand your business, and give you the information you need, when you need it. We’ll be on hand so you can get in touch and ask questions whenever you want to.

Pears Bookkeeping Ltd is licensed and regulated by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. Practice Licence Number: 21547

It’s important that any bookkeeper you take on is suitably qualified, supervised and insured. Please go to the ICB bookkeeper directory and type in our postcode DH1 1TW to see the services we’re licensed for or telephone them on 0203 405 4000 quoting the practice licence number: 21547.

We’re careful to protect your privacy and the security of your information.  Please download our Privacy Policy for more information.  Please feel free to get in touch to arrange a meeting and see how we can help you and your business to get where you want to be.