Bookkeeping | Cloud Accounting | Tax Returns

We’re there all year round

A bookkeeping, cloud accounting and tax returns service that helps the self employed and small business owners free up their time whilst keeping track of their finances.

We can do all your bookkeeping for you or provide you with cloud accounting software and training so you can do some or all of it yourself. If you are VAT registered we file your VAT returns.  At year end we can prepare and submit accounts and returns for self employed businesses and micro companies.  If you have an accountant for the year end we can work with them to make sure they have all the information they need.

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

We make it our business to get to know and understand your business and provide you with the financial information you need, so that you can achieve your goals.

We provide a service based on your business needs. You will have a free one hour meeting so that we can find out all about your business and what you need, and you can find out about us and our services. We use cloud accounting software to make managing your finances easier.

We’re based Durham, and serve the surrounding areas of County Durham and Tyne & Wear.

Please get in touch to arrange your free meeting.

Download our brochure if you want to know more.

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

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Xero Advisor Certified



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, give you regular profit reports and be available for you to get in touch whenever you need support or information.

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

Micro-entities If you are a micro-entity then we can prepare your year end accounts and returns too.  A micro entity is a very small company which has a turnover of £632,000 or less, £316,000 or less on it’s balance sheet and 10 employees or less.  If your company is bigger than this then we can work with your accountant to give them the information they need at the year end.

Self Assessment

We offer a one-stop shop for sole traders so we can provide you with a fixed or hourly priced monthly bookkeeping service and prepare and submit your Self Assessment tax return at the year end.

If you’re self employed and you’ve kept your own records during the year, but need help with your Self Assessment return, then we offer that as a stand-alone service.  This will include providing you with your end of year accounts.

If you need help with a backlog of bookkeeping before your Self Assessment return can be completed, we can do that too.

If a service you are looking for is not mentioned here please get in touch as we may be able to help.


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.  I’m certified and experienced 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 me time and you money.

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

Training and Support for QuickBooks and Xero

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

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.

Download our brochure if you want to know more.  



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 already passed his Level 2 AAT qualification and is working towards Level 3.  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.

Download our brochure if you want to know more.  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.