Donald works hard to ensure that his York based accountancy practice stays true to the principles that drove him at the beginning. With an MSc in Agricultural Development – and experience working alongside farmers in Papa New Guinea, Ukraine and Tanzania – he witnessed first-hand the challenges facing small business owners long before choosing to become a chartered accountant.
“I met farm managers who knew exactly what was required to grow crops and keep the farm running day to day, but understood nothing about good financial management. “ Donald originally planned to return overseas following his accountancy training but life intervened. “I was looking for direction, a real career; it was time to buckle down. Then I met my wife to be Elizabeth.”
Whilst farming in Papa New Guinea presents different obstacles to doing business in North Yorkshire, Donald appreciates that many business owners hold similar concerns around good financial skills and processes. Tired of sitting in traffic between York and Leeds and looking to take greater control, Donald founded Inglis Chartered Accountants in York.
“Integrity, honesty and trust are the building blocks behind everything we do here. We look to build lasting relationships with our clients. Business accounting doesn’t need to be confusing. We can help you do everything just a little better and gain greater financial clarity. It’s all about achieving business growth through education.”
Donald is still very much the face of the business. Each new client gets to spend time with him before being referred to the most appropriate staff member. From start-ups looking for a clear business plan – to larger employers overwhelmed by the demands of bookkeeping and PAYE – the team will help you take control of your business finances.
“Hiring an accountant is about more than paying your taxes on time. We can act as a point of contact and support throughout the financial year. No two businesses are the same and each business owner has a different way of working. Whether you need a part time finance director or monthly management accounts to help you forecast, or simply a friendly ear to listen and advise about business in general, we will adapt our services to work for you.”
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