Very easy

Top qualities: Simply and Clearly telling me what to do and when

"That's amazing, thank you for all your work, you make it very easy!" 18 December 2016

Ben Denison, Magnimo Limited, Leeds

A great deal of good

Top qualities: eye for detail, patience and ability to explain things

"Simon has been my accountant for a number of years now, and I'd highly recommend him. I own a small business and understand only the basics of finance- but Simon is always willing to talk me through my questions and always clear in his explanations. He has done a great deal of good for my company and his eye for detail, patience and ability to explain things at my level are all elements of his service that I appreciate greatly. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an accountant." 9 August 2016

Catherine Dicker, Elegance of Scholes, Cleckheaton

Recommended Accountant

Top qualities: Helpful, friendly advice and expert

"Simon has been the most helpful and understanding force I've come across in running my business. I've had many experiences where accountants are difficult to get hold of when you have a quick query, or expect everybody to be as focused on the numbers as they are. Not so with Simon. He has enabled me to focus on doing what I do, while I can always count on his friendly advice and expertise when I need it. Would (and will) recommend to anybody looking for an accountant." 4 August 2016

James Doherty, Greeble Ltd, London

A brilliant appointment

Top qualities: Friendly, thorough, excellent explanations, always there to help

"Simon has been a brilliant appointment for us. Not only is he friendly in his approach and thorough in his work, he explains matters excellently and is always there to help with book-keeping matters. I can recommend Simon very highly." 2 February 2015

Rupert Parsons, Womersley Fruit And Herb Vinegars Ltd, Chipping Norton

Knowledgeable perfectionist

Top qualities: Experienced, meticulous, informed, friendly

"I'm impressed by Simon's attention to detail. He went out of his way to meticulously sort out inaccuracies left in our company's books by a previous accounting firm.

From Simon I always get an informed and straightforward answer to any of my tax questions. I can rest knowing that our company accounts are in good hands." 3 December 2014

Jakub Dolejs, Sandra Friesen Design Ltd, London

Always happy to help

Top qualities: Technical and Compliance Expert, Great Communicator, Personable, Honest

 "Simon was recommended to me by another accountant and has advised me ever since – not only on the technical aspects of creating and running my own business, and keeping all my regulatory bodies happy, but more importantly on the many options open to me, their potential risks and benefits.

Always happy to help and a great communicator, Simon is also very personable and I would recommend him to anyone wanting a straight forward, honest accountant and tax consultant" 1 September 2013

Rob Seaward, Leeds

Consistently of value

Top qualities: Personable, Good Value, High Integrity

"I am happy to recommend Simon to any small business. His input has been consistently of value in the years we have worked with him." 23 July 2012

Gordon Roscoe The Blue Water Partnership – training company, Harrogate

Simon Young

Simon-008Simon is our Managing Partner. He has a variety of accounting experiences which he brings to Aysgarth Chartered Accountants.

Simon trained with an independent firm of Chartered Accountants in Leeds. Immediately on qualifying as a chartered accountant Simon was promoted and started to manage a portfolio of clients. He got on so well with his clients that one of them offered him a role in their company.

Over the next six years Simon saw the business grow from sales of £3 million to £13 million. During that time Simon was promoted to Financial Director. The business imported and distributed consumer goods and traded in foreign currencies.

Simon then joined an internet retailer as Financial Director. In both companies Simon was involved in the project management of moving to new accounting packages.

Looking for a new challenge Simon returned to the accounting profession, using his practical experience to help small and medium sized businesses. After being a partner in a national firm and then a regional firm Simon wanted to focus on looking after owner managed businesses and decided the best way to do that was to start with a clean sheet of paper, so to that end Aysgarth Chartered Accountants was born.

Simon has spent all his working life in Yorkshire - mainly in and around Leeds. When he is not working his family keeps him busy; he is also a Christian and enjoys cycling, both on his mountain bike and on his road bike.

Contact Us

Please feel free to either give us a call on the numbers below or complete the contact form.

We are always happy to have a chat and see how we can work together for your business.

Aysgarth Chartered Accountants
Pickering House
40A York Place

Telephone 0113 866 2296

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Tax Accounting

Preparing tax returns and filing them is part of the standard work of an accountant. You need to know how much tax is owed and when it is due to be paid.

We work with our clients to see how their affairs can be organised so that they pay no more tax than is required.

In tax there are a lot of grey areas. Without an informed tax accountant steering you through this minefield you may well get it wrong or at least worry that that was the case. We give you peace of mind. As you work with us we will take the worry out of tax and make sure your tax returns are filed promptly and that you have as much warning as possible about the tax you owe.

We do not divorce your personal tax position from that of your business. For example we see no point in saving your company 20% tax if you have to then pay 40% (or more) tax. We look at you and your business as a single entity and our advice takes you, your family and your business into consideration.

We offer clients the opportunity to have our costs covered for representing them if they are subject to an HM Revenue & Customs tax investigation. This is backed by insurance cover. Please contact us for more information.

Sector Expertise

Entrepreneurial Businesses

We specialise in looking after entrepreneurial businesses. These are usually small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are either owner managed businesses or family run businesses. These are the heartbeat of our economy and we are pleased to be doing our bit to assist these companies and their owners. Therefore whether you are, for example, in the automotive, creative, digital, training or leisure sectors we probably have experience of your sector, but more importantly we know your business is an entrepreneurial one and if you choose to work with us you will find we will add value to your business.

Industry specialisms

We have a number of clients in the following sectors. We work closely with our clients and so are able to provide them with the specialist support they require.


Most of our clients are based in Yorkshire, mainly in and around the towns and cities of Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate, Wetherby or Wakefield. The location, however, is not of prime importance as our use of cloud accounting and technology means our clients could be based in Cardiff or London, or even further afield, and an increasing number of them are. We look after the UK subsidiaries and companies of investors based in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East as well as individuals who may live in Australia or China who still require a UK tax return to be filed.

Importers and exporters

From our managing partner's business experience we understand a lot about foreign trade, not only accounting, tax and VAT but also the commercial financial instruments that are available. A large proportion of our clients are engaged, to various degrees, in international trade and they turn to us for business and financial advice. These client companies can be based in the UK or be the subsidiaries of international businesses.

Automotive sector

We look after a number of clients in the automotive sector: the operate garages that service cars and commercial vehicles, repair them and MOT them; they sell tyres: importing, wholesaling and retailing them; and of course they sell motor vehicles.


Across this sector, where every tax comes into play, we look after builders, roofers, electricians, surveyors and landlords (individuals, companies and small self administered pension funds). 

Internet businesses

The internet is a marvellous place to conduct business but it can also be a bit scary with potential customers having instant access to competitors pricing information. Our clients use the internet in various ways, for some it is their sole route to market and for others it is a secondary trading platform, either way we have first hand experience to provide useful commercial advice to our clients.


We have a number of clients, across the country, who are in the creative and digital sectors. These range from designers, film makers and website designers. We love to see the passion they have for their business and we work closely with them to help them deliever their financial goals.

IT consultants and other professional service companies

Some of our clients, as freelancers, have to be aware of the issues that IR35 raises. We offer these clients a premium personal service and they know we are only ever a telephone call or email away.


The charities we look after tend to be entrepreneurial in their outlook, for example they might be hiring out the local community hall or producing plays. They therefore need the advice and support of a business centric firm of accountants.

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