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Accounting & General Devon Accountants Leisure licensed trade

We are accountants and business advisers, offering accountancy and tax services for businesses in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. Operating from our offices twixt Paignton, Brixham and Totnes – five miles from Torquay.

We prepare annual accounts, and complete self-assessment or corporation tax returns for clients operating as either sole trade or partnership businesses or limited companies – with annual turnover from £10k to £10m. We also deal with all Companies House record keeping and filing.

We prepare monthly accounts and quarterly Vat returns, and provide payroll services.

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Uniquely for accountants, we are also able to provide commercial and operational advice to leisure industry businesses, such as hotels, pubs, guest houses, restaurants, holiday parks, attractions and retailers. We know the financial performances that can be achieved, and of course the difficulties in doing so. We will get off the fence, roll up our sleeves and contribute our ideas, from our experiences, to enhance your profitability.

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At our current Devon base for the past seven years and with roots of over fifty years in the county, we have extensive contacts in the region and the leisure industry. We aim to provide a red star accountancy and support service, akin to the service of highest graded hotels, at competitive fixed fee prices, starting from £180 for a personal tax return, to £4,000 for a full service to a medium sized business.


Done for you, whatever the size of your business.


From preparing your annual accounts to providing cash-flow projections and management reports, we’ve got it covered.

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Taxation can’t be evaded, but it can be avoided.


We’ll help to take the pain out of paying tax. We deal with Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Capital Gain Tax and VAT – so you don’t have to!

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Proactive advice for your business.


Combining our skills in accountancy and experience in leisure and hospitality gives us the know-how to help you build profits.

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From holiday parks to small retailers.


We have the practical experience in your industry to help you business prosper and specialist knowledge to help boost your bottom line.

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Arrange your free consultation

Interested in learning about how we can help you and your business?
We offer a FREE consultation providing the best possible advice…

Call: 01803 844 425

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What clients and contacts are saying…

As well as a reliable, efficient, accurate and honest accounting service and taxation advice, Alan offers fantastic business support. His unique blend of top quality accountancy and vast operational experience provides me with a great sounding board. I would recommend his services to people new to the industry as I would to the best and most experienced operators.

Simon Warner, Owner, The Rose & Crown, Yealmpton

Alan has been our accountant for the past three years since we took over the business. He has been a great help in establishing our business, drawing upon his wealth of knowledge of the hospitality industry. Alan has assisted us in the implementation of our financial procedures, and we have used his skills as a sounding board for our business ideas.

Maria & Alex Honeywill, Owners, Two Beaches Guest House

I can highly recommend Alan. He has been looking after our accounts for over three years and his advice has helped our business grow, We are very pleased with the support we receive and the personal service.

Simon Edwards, Owner, Anzac Street B & Bistro

Extremely professional, easily accessible, answered all queries immediately. I was reluctant to use a new system but having done so wished I had done for a long time before. The spreadsheet is specifically designed for hotels and is unbelievably simple to use. Would recommend Alan to anyone in the trade.

Diane Powell, Owner, Beecroft Guest House

Alan is a very competent accountant and pays close attention to detail. He offers sound business advice and guidance, especially to the hospitality sector. He often points out information which may have been missed, to help small businesses prosper.

Michelle Vardy, Owner, Woodleigh Coach House

I have known Alan for several years now and was delighted when he agreed to manage the finances of the Awards. Very good at the detail, but more importantly helps contribute to the strategic overview of the company.

Alistair Handyside, Chairman, South West Tourism Excellence Awards

Alan has a wealth of experience of financial and general management in the leisure sector. His experience and skill would be of great value to any business in the South west of England.

Colin Watts, Director at WPS Insurance Brokers

I have worked alongside Alan for over 13 years, bridging his roles at Tresco, Richardson and at Accounting & General.

He is one of those rarities in industry – a creative and questioning businessman with a strong accounting background.

Robin Barker, CEO, Services for Tourism Ltd

I worked with Alan while Tourism Champion on the Isles of Scilly, with Alan sitting on the marketing board working on the strategic development of Scilly tourism. I found him to be extremely professional with a calm, measured and analytical approach, just the sort of attributes needed when delivering new tourism initiatives.

I have no problem at all in wholeheartedly recommending him.

Richard Wilcox, Falmouth BID Manager

I had the pleasure of working with Alan whilst he ran Tresco. He a highly competent manager and has an excellent understanding of all aspects of driving profitability and controlling costs.

Our efforts at Tresco generated significant savings in a very challenging location and Alan was a key part in the “change management” that helped achieve this.

If you want to work with a lateral thinker who is prepared to challenge and improve things for you – he’s your man.

Matt Tough, Sales and Marketing Director at PSL

Alan has certainly made a difference to my business through some challenging times. Makes my previous accountant look like an amateur.

Steve Mammatt, Owner, Actionwest Business Systems Ltd

Alan took over our accounts a few years ago now. He has provided us with excellent help and advice over this time. The team provides a great service, we have no need to worry about the accounts as we know they are in their capable hands. Thank you! I would highly recommend Accounting and General, the teams provides an excellent service.

Greg & Rachel Boyko, Abigail's Cafe

Alan has been my accountant for the past four years. My business is a complicated one which involves many different types of transactions including clients, customers, contractors, suppliers, staff etc and therefore, it is not easy to control. Alan and his team have successfully produced financial reports and returns for HMRC for us, allowing us to stay abreast of our tax and other financial responsibilities. I can thoroughly recommend Accounting and General as a first class accountancy practice in South Devon. Well done Alan and team.

We moved to Accounting and General recently after being unsatisfied with our previous accountant who is also based locally. From our initial meet and greet with Alan, we could tell we would be very happy working with him. Alan is very approachable, and easy to get in touch with. He has already provided us with great advice and we can honestly say the only thing we have been disappointed over, was that we didn’t make the move sooner!! Thank you Alan and team.

Dean Vannan, Lekker Software Ltd

Having Alan and his team advise us over the last 5 years has proved so valuable to us as a pub business. I would highly recommend them and take the advice given as gold.

Ivan Bridle, Palk Arms

Alan is a very approachable accountant who deals with our affairs efficiently and gives good financial and business advice. Very good value for money.

Lynda Bundey, Partner, Stevie B's Bakery

I have been having my business accounts administered by Alan Knight for seven years. The single most important aspect of working with Alan is his personal approach.  It makes a subject I find terribly difficult, so much easier when you are able to talk ‘human’ to someone. He also works with minimal fuss and knows
the technical stuff.

Chris Sherville, The Vineyard Kitchen, Sharpham

Alan was recommended to us by our Financial Advisor.  Whilst I have some knowledge of book-keeping, Alan has been a valuable asset when it comes to his extensive knowledge of Tax and the various allowances available.  His in-depth knowledge of Capital Allowances and Integral Feature Claims has had an extremely positive effect on our business during our first year of trading.  I have had dealings with many accountants over the years and it is a refreshing change to find someone who firstly knows what they are talking about and secondly, doesn’t want to charge “silly” money for what can only be described as an excellent service.  I cannot recommend Alan and his team highly enough.

Julie Lusmore, The Morley Guest House, Torquay

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