Bookkeeping | Cloud Accounting | VAT | Self Assessment

A friendly, personalised service for small business owners.  Keeping track of the money in your business so you feel in control.

Please feel free to get in touch to arrange a meeting or phone call.

COVID-19 Update

We’re currently working from home but we’re still here to help as always. Using cloud-based software such as QuickBooks Online, Xero and Receipt Bank has meant that we could seamlessly move from working in the office to working at home.

Of course, we miss being able to meet face-to-face with our clients and we miss working together in the office but we’re communicating with clients regularly by phone, email and video chat. We’re also using technology to keep in touch with each other while we work.

Please feel free to get in touch if you want to find out more.  We’d love to hear from you.

Where do you want to go next with your business?

  • Do you want to free up your time and feel more in control?
  • Do you want to see your business grow?
  • Do you want to find out what cloud accounting software can do for your business?
  • Or do you simply want to avoid last minute Self Assessment return panic?

Whatever your aims and goals Pears Bookkeeping can help you get there.

My name is Elizabeth Pears and, well as being a qualified bookkeeper, I’m an experienced business owner and administrator.  As your bookkeeper I’ll make it my business to get to know your business, and provide you with the financial information you need, so that you can use it to achieve your goals.

We provide a service based on your business needs and budget. Your first meeting with me is free of charge so that I 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 in Belmont Business Park, Durham, and serve the surrounding areas of County Durham and Tyne & Wear.

Download our brochure if you want to know more.  Please get in touch to arrange a meeting and see how we can help you and your business to get where you want to be.

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

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers LogoPhoto of Elizabeth Pears

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 will be monitoring your debtors, creditors and expenses, keeping you informed of tax and payment deadlines, giving you monthly 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

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

We can also liaise with your accountant to make sure they have the information they need.

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.


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

I’m committed to helping small businesses succeed and although I hope you’ll want to work with me after the first meeting, I’m not going to pressure you to sign on the dotted line.   I 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 currently working from home but we’re here to help as usual so  please get in touch.  We’d love to hear from you.

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.


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


Your Bookkeeper

Your bookkeeper

My name is Elizabeth Pears and I’m a qualified bookkeeper certified by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

For five years I ran my own publishing business for which I did my own bookkeeping. I just love numbers, so when I sold my business on I took some time out to get a maths degree and do some voluntary work which included bookkeeping, administration and advice work.  I took the opportunity to study for bookkeeping qualifications and  then decided to set up a my own bookkeeping practice so that I could combine my love of numbers with my enthusiasm for small business.

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. I’m a bookkeeper because I’m interested in small businesses and I 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. I’ll make it my business to get to know and understand your business, and give you the information you need, when you need it. I’ll be on hand so you can get in touch and ask questions whenever you want to.


AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting
ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounts

ICB Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Bookkeeping and Accounts
ICB Diploma in Completion of Self Assessment Tax Returns.
BSc (Hons) First Class in Mathematics – The Open University
Level 4 Certificate in Business Studies – The Open University

Quickbooks Online Advanced Certified ProAdvisor

Xero Advisor Certified

Receipt Bank Certified Partner

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.