Dr. Asfand-E-Yar – SAYBI Ltd

I established my business last year and picked John as my Accountant. John is like part of the team, always looking after my interests, saving me money and reducing the stress of starting and running a business.

I owe you John – Thank You for being an outstanding moral support and mentor rather than just being an accountant. SAYBI supplies Solutions and Services in Telecommunications and Business Intelligence. Email asfand-e.yar@saybi.co.uk | Visit saybi.co.uk

Lynsey Gallant – Gallant Dog Services

GallantI contacted John shortly after setting up my business as I wanted to make sure that I set out on the right foot.

The support and guidance I have received has been second to none and so important in helping me to progress. I would recommend Accountants With a Difference to anyone.

Dog Walking, Boarding & Training. 01423 431 190

Avalon Artscapes – Family run Bespoke Landscape Gardening

AvalonWe asked John to help us out this last year, he has been great!

He was able to do our taxes in detail and thoroughly while still keeping everything clear and simple to understand. He has always been patient and easy to contact when questions have needed answering. Daniel Metcalfe.
Call 01765 692098 / 0776075 1890 Avalon Artscapes»

Harrogate Web Design Agency: Fine Quality SME Websites and Search Engine Optimisation


Before I met John Gibson I was desperately looking for a new more reliable accountant to help me to (a) navigate safely through the HMRC minefield and (b) get my books in order. One meeting with John and everything fell neatly into place! He takes the time to listen. He explains (in simple terms even I can understand!) just how he’s going to help my company to SAVE money. 

Just having John Gibson on my team to look after my totals + my PAYE + everything else he does that is HMRC related gives me so much more time to focus on the creative / technical side of my business — and looking after my own clients — which is the bit I do best! Plus his easy to use customised Excel book keeping spreadsheet system has rescued me from the tyranny of SAGE accounting software forever! John Paul Conboy, aube|creative.

Founded in 2008, aube|creative» publish feature rich mobile-friendly websites for SME business owners in Yorkshire and across the North East. Call Paul on 079393 02550 | Email paul@aubecreative.co.uk.

Peter Marfleet Photography

When I started Peter Marfleet Photography in 2011, I knew I wanted an accountant on board who would understand what it means to be a small business just starting out.

Peter-MarfleetI needed someone who could guide me through what seemed to be a minefield of accounting rules and tax regulations, someone who didn’t mind being asked really basic accounting questions and someone who would practically feel part of my business.

John has done all of that and more!

He has worked easily with me to develop a bespoke method of running my accounts that didn’t require a huge change from the systems I already had in place. He is always on hand to give advice when needed and does all of this for what I believe to be great value for money. In summary, John provides a great accounting service to my small business that I could not do without.

Professional portraits by Pete Marfleet Photography; simple, natural and timeless on-location portraits, reflecting the enjoyment of the relaxed moments had whilst creating them. Maternity, newborn and child portraits are the speciality of this portrait photographer near Harrogate.

Peter Marfleet Photography – Family Photographer, Harrogate.

Vindico UK Ltd.

chandler-petchIn June 2009 we met with John as we were in the very early stages of setting up our business. We were already well prepared but hadn’t chosen an accountant.

As a small business with only two employees (both with no prior knowledge of starting or running a business) we wanted an Accountant who we could get on with, who we could consider an extra member of our team, one who was willing to help with the stupid questions and queries beside the end of year balance sheet, and someone who could offer genuine guidance rather than just charge by the hour (or minute) for crunching some numbers.

John has supported us 100% since we began trading, to the extent where it sometimes feels as though he is our own in-house Accountant. Most notably John has gone beyond purely advising on matters of accounting, and has helped us in defining our book keeping systems, financial reporting and sales & order process.

With a seven figure turnover, John has saved us an immense amount of time and money he is an integral part of our company and our future. Dan Chandler & Nigel Petch.

Vindico UK Ltd are exporters of high value commercial vehicles and plant equipment vindicoltd.co.uk

David and Kate Long: The Vale Opticians

The ValeSince starting the business last year one of the best decisions we have made is to use John Gibson as our accountant.
John has been helpful with all our business needs at whatever time they may arise. He has developed a bespoke accounting system which is easy to use and understand, it can also be altered when hopefully our business grows. Johns business experience has been invaluable so far and I am sure will continue to be for years to come.The Vale Opticians

Peter Dickinson Harrogate Business Advisers

peterJohn provides sound advice and guidance and is always willing to go the extra mile. He has helped me in a number of areas of my business, from taxation to cash-flow. He takes a proactive approach, which shows he really cares about my business. I would not hesitate in recommending John.

Harrogate Business Advisors» helps small to medium size companies to increase their sales and increase their profit. They provide assistance with all aspects of Marketing and advise on how to get more from existing customers and how to win new customers. Mobile : 07917679050 | Email peter@hbadvisors.co.uk

Quaintrelle — Claire Spooner

Claire Spooner of Quaintrelle Millinery Profile Photography by Avenue White webI first contacted John as a sole trader with a new business. I’ve found him so approachable and happy to explain any part of his service and accounts procedures in general – invaluable support for a small-scale start-up and great peace-of-mind for me!
Claire runs Quaintrelle: Millinery by Claire Spooner» from her workshop in Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire. She designs couture hats for private and trade clients. Email clairehspooner@yahoo.co.uk Call 01423 714893 / 07989 922860

The Cycle Spa Ltd. Mobile Cycle Service & Repairs in North Yorkshire

moselyIn the initial stages John explained clearly what was required in preparing the initial cash flow forecast and a business plan. This gave me the confidence to take the next stage in formally setting up the limited company, which again John helped me though step-by-step.

This “pick and mix” approach suited the cautious approach I wanted to take in starting my business and John made himself available to talk through each subsequent stage — Jonathan Mosely

The Cycle Spa» aim to ensure that you and your bike spend more time together. No more putting up with minor problems because you haven’t the time or experience to fix them. No more lost weekends with the bike away being repaired. Call 07940 571738

Steve White: Leeds Media Services

steve-whiteJohn Gibson proved to our business how much we needed an accountant. He was able to effectively and with care, handle our accounts to provide not only year end figures and tax returns, but also much appreciated advice on the future direction our business could take.

This was delivered to us, within a cost effective package which fitted our business requirements perfectly.

Leeds Media Services deliver video and multimedia solutions to the education and business sectors. We provide video production services including recording promotional material, learning and teaching productions, training videos, live event and conference filming, lecture recording, podcasts and video clips for the web and VHS to DVD transfers.

Leeds Media Services

Janice Hogg – Bed and Breakfast – Boroughbridge

JanPicI looked around for an accountant. I was very impressed at our initial consultation and John has proved to be invaluable. He offers much more than a standard accountant and always with a smile!

Juggling my fledgling business with a part time job throws up lots of challenges and I am grateful that on the financial side I have a safe pair of hands in Accountant with a Difference.

For more information contact Janice on 07905 753794.