Welcome to SJG Bookkeeping

We are a small and friendly bookkeeping practice, offering a personalised and professional service to each of our clients.  Our goal is to work with you and your business.  Allowing you to focus your energy on building your business.

Our core values are efficiency, integrity and attention to detail.

Are you up to your ears in paperwork? 
You know you have to do your books but you keep putting it off, your VAT Return is due and you need to see the accountant – it’s not why you started a business and it’s not your thing!  So what do you do?  Put in a bag and take it to the accountant and watch his face drop!

General Bookkeeping Services
  • Sales and Purchase Ledger
  • Reconciliation and cash management
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Credit Control
Specialist Services
  • VAT Returns
  • CIS
  • Payroll
  • Accounts Reconstruction
The whole 9 yards

We can offer any combination of services to assist you in managing you day to day accounting requirements, and will facilitate the preparation of your year end accounts, and even your annual Tax Return – You will never miss another deadline or have to worry.

No one actually likes bookkeeping but…

Keeping your books up to date and accurate is an integral part of running your business.  Without this information you do not have an accurate picture of its profitability, which makes planning for the future extremely difficult.

Why Choose Us


We specialise in working with Sole Traders and SMEs’


Our aim is to ensure that your accounts are presented in a format which will assist with final accounts preparation.


We would always recommend that you consult an accountant at your year end, to ensure that your tax requirements are appropriately met.

Having our books done regularly and professionally by SJG Bookkeeping has enabled us to formalise our structures and systems and has made the whole… read more

– E&S Vintage Cars

I engaged SJG Bookkeeping in 2013 and I am delighted with the work that Sarah does for us. She has taken away a lot of worry and concern about getting things done the right way at the right time and has also saved me money on accountant’s fees. I highly recommend her efficiency and attention to detail.

– Highfliers Education Consultancy

I never had any inclination to do my own books and appointed SJG Bookkeeping right at the start of my business in 2013. Sarah set up all my admin and accounts processes and I’ve never had a day’s worry about things being done right. Sarah quietly gets on with everything that needs to be done and is completely trustworthy and reliable – just what every small business needs.

-Richard Rayner mobile mechanic

Frequently Asked Questions


I have an accountant so why do I need a bookkeeper?

Your accountant advises you on tax matters and helps you file your returns. Your bookkeeper enters and classifies your transactions, ensuring that your financial statements are up to date, and therefore, accurately reflects the state of your business. This in turn will be helpful to you in making business decisions, and helpful to your accountant at year end. Tax advice by your accountant is a very different function to bookkeeping.

In some cases your accountant could well be your bookkeeper. This may not be the best use of your resources as their fees for bookkeeping services differ greatly to that of a bookkeeper.

A well-presented set of books makes your accountant’s life much easier, allowing them to focus on the tax aspects of your business and saves you money as a result.

Let your accountant do what they do best, and let us manage your books.


Can I afford to hire a bookkeeper?

A bookkeeper will not only account for every transaction correctly, but will also keep track of:

  • your sales transactions – so you will know exactly how much you are making
  • account for all those odd receipts that you have sitting in the drawer
  • VAT returns – so your tax returns can be accurately filed and submitted on time
  • your expenses – so you will know how much you are spending and on what
  • allow you to concentrate on your business safe in the knowledge that your accounting needs are in the hands of committed, trained experts

Why do I need a bookkeeper?

Many new business owners decide that they can do their bookkeeping themselves. There are many accounting software packages available today, so they can deal with it themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth. Bookkeeping is a technical skill that cannot be learned just by using accounting software. Yes, you may end up balancing the debits and credits, but did you post it to the correct account? Accuracy and attention to detail is crucial.

What If I don't have a bookkeeper?

Many small business owners attempt to do their own bookkeeping, and end up with:

  • large accountancy fees to clean up their books
  • severe penalties and interest charges from the government for incorrect and/or late tax returns
  • run the risk of undergoing government tax audits for filing incorrect returns

Therefore, they end up paying more than they would if they had chosen to hire a bookkeeper in the first place.

While it is still important for you to hire an accountant in readiness for your year end, in order to prepare your taxes and review your bookkeeping for the year, a bookkeeper is an absolute necessity for your day-to-day bookkeeping needs.