• Posted February 15, 2019

Does my business need an emergency fund?

Leeds accountant explains why every small business needs an emergency fund. When you run a business there are so many different things to think about, and financial decisions to make, having a savings buffer is easily forgotten about. Having some money set aside for emergencies is essential for when times get tough for both the […]


  • Posted January 23, 2019

SCAM! Is my call from HMRC a scam?

Is my call from HMRC a scam is a question we have been asked a number of times this year, and we want to warn all of our readers in the dramatic increase in the number of scammer pretending to be calling from HMRC. According to BBC Radio 5 Live’s’ “Wake up to Money” programme […]


  • Posted January 10, 2019

5 New Year’s Resolutions every business should make!!

At this time of year we are all used to making personal resolutions, whether it is to take more exercise, lose weight or even start a business, but have you ever thought about setting a New Years resolution for your business? I have set out 5 ideas you could consider for your 2019 resolutions. Create […]


  • Posted November 27, 2018

What to consider when starting your own business

As a business owner and accountant for over 30 years I have met a lot of people who have started their own business.  People start businesses for a variety of reasons, some in the hope of a better work-life balance, some because they have a great idea and others who just don’t know what else […]


  • Posted November 22, 2018

Horsforth Accountant supports Small Business Saturday

As the majority of our clients are small businesses, and as a local accountant I am always on the lookout for how I can support businesses in and around Horsforth.  In July 2017 Whitesides joined a growing number of local employers and became Fairtrade, we are the first (and only) Fairtrade accountant in Horsforth. Small Business Saturday is […]


  • Posted November 14, 2018

What do we need for your tax return?

We are now well and truly in to tax return season.  As a tax advisor, everyone expects January to be my busiest time, but the majority of my clients actually bring their accounts and tax records in between November and December.  This has led me to think about when you are frantically packing a year’s […]


  • Posted October 22, 2018

Cloud Software at Leeds Business Week

Leeds Accountants are joined by Sage at Leeds Business Week We were delighted to see so many people attending our event on using the new Sage Business Cloud Accounting software (a revamp of Sage One), and it was great to be joined by Kevin Brown from Sage who was able to demonstrate the new and […]


  • Posted October 9, 2018

Keep on Running!

The dust has finally settled, muscles have finished aching and most members of the team have now packed away their running gear! The events from the Sunday 8th July 2018 have been written into the Whitesides history books! The final amount raised for our chosen charity, Haven Breast Cancer, was a fantastic £738.25. The money raised […]


  • Posted October 2, 2018

Do I need to register for Self-Assessment

As the 5 October deadline to register for self-assessment for the 2017/18 tax year rapidly approaching I thought this was the ideal time to give a quick overview of situations where you need to register for self-assessment tax. Some of the common reasons for needing to register for self-assessment are: You have income from self-employment […]


  • Posted September 27, 2018

Whitesides present at Leeds Business Week

Bin your spreadsheets – How to improve profit & save time with Sage! Whitesides are delighted to be hosting a free event at Leeds Business Week along with Kevin Brown from Sage. Sage software is the most widely used accounting software in the UK and has over 6 million customers worldwide. In April 2019 HMRC […]