About Burghley Accountancy

About Us

The Burghley system for the Licensed Trade was developed by Publican and Accountant working together to design a system which overcame many of the problems which existed in the licensed trade.

The system needed to be quick and easy for the busy Publican to use but needed to produce regular, commercially useful, management information in return.

We therefore designed Income and Expenditure Sheets which are straight-forward to complete. These are sent through to us for processing and we do the rest: book-keeping, VAT, payroll, management accounts, year-end accounts and a full tax service.

The system developed in 1994 has evolved over the years: it is easy and it works

At the same time, we looked to change some of the issues affecting the Accountancy profession – high fees, unexpected bills and unapproachability.

We have a competitive service that is simple, friendly and professional. Our monthly fees are fixed, all inclusive and there are no additional invoices or costs.

The system designed for the Licensed Trade works for many businesses and the philosophy of a friendly, fixed-fee service is always welcome. We are therefore able to offer the same service levels to a range of businesses. The continued improvements in computerisation and communication have enabled us to develop a fast and efficient service for those willing and able to run their own books.

Using compatible software, we are able to process regular accounts and VAT reviews using the latest technology available. Because you are doing the daily processing, we are able to keep fees at a very competitive level.

We have clients as far north as Scotland, as far west in England as Shropshire, south as Devon and east as East Anglia, and also in Wales.

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How We Work

Our aim is to keep your paperwork to a minimum.

Book-keeping Service

We provide electronic income and expenditure Excel spreadsheets or if you prefer pads for you to enter your takings and expenses each week. Send these to us in our prepaid plastic wallets or send them electronically and we do the rest.

The sheets are easy to complete and will help you balance your cash float each week. We then process your paperwork and produce computerised book-keeping records from which we prepare your VAT Returns, management accounts, tax returns etc.

With the payroll, you phone, text or e-mail the hours each week and we send out electronic payslips and a summary of the payroll and any other reports you require. We deal with all the payroll administration, year-end returns, statutory sick pay, statutory maternity pay, pensions, etc.

In-house Service

For those who want to do their own book-keeping, we will set you up with simple book-keeping systems and provide a year-end service with regular reviews and management accounts, if required.

If you want to use an online accountancy package, we recommend Xero. This is a very easy and flexible package and is online so we have live access to it as well as you.


Whichever system you choose, we are on hand to help with any queries you have and, for extra peace of mind you automatically have tax investigation insurance which also gives access to employment law, legal and tax helplines.

All the above comes within an affordable, monthly fee, payable by standing order. There are no hidden extras.


Why choose Burghley Accountancy?

Increased Profitability

Regular and up-to-date management accounts and cash flows monitor gross margins by product line and overall profit levels. For Licensed Trade Clients, we have many years experience advising on all aspects of the business including wastage controls, pricing, buying prices and beer deals, financing etc. Our main aim is to help you drive up your profits.

Minimum Book-keeping

If you use our bureau service, we supply pre-printed sheets or electronic versions to keep a record of your takings and payments and these are sent through to us each week. We then maintain your book-keeping using the latest computerised systems giving a full analysis of all your income and expenditure and a full set of VAT records. Your time is then free to concentrate on running the business.

Guaranteed Fixed Price with No Extra Charges

We agree with you in advance a fixed monthly charge to include all your book-keeping, management accounts, year-end accounts, VAT, self-assessment, payroll and unlimited access to our helpline. Our prices are competitive and compare favourable with the alternatives.

Personal Service

Meetings are held at your premises for your convenience or online using Zoom and all our staff offer a friendly and personal service. Our aim is for you to feel we are an integral part of your management team.

Ongoing Consultancy

We offer ongoing professional advice on all aspects of the business and can help with your future plans whether they be taking on new premises, expansion, retirement etc.

Licensed Trade Specialists

We have provided a specialist service to the Licensed Trade since 1994. We own two freehouses so we have the knowledge and experience of running pubs and restaurants. This puts us in a great position to advise you on the running of your business.

Tax Planning

As a firm of Chartered Certified Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors we are able to advise on tax planning. Ensuring your business is set up in the most tax advantageous way.
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Pricing Policy

We are committed to:

  • Keeping prices reasonable
  • Agreeing prices in advance
  • Set prices wherever possible

Our aim is for you to have no unexpected or unreasonable bills at any time.


  • Fixed-price service, tailor-made to suit your circumstances
  • Agreed in advance
  • Payable by monthly standing order


  • Fixed-price service
  • Agreed in advance
  • Payable against invoice

Other Services

We shall agree a fixed-price in advance wherever possible.

If we do work on a time-fees basis, we shall endeavour to keep you fully advised of progress on a regular basis.

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