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About us

We're proud to have won six prestigious national awards, but what really matters to us is building the long term relationships our clients are looking for and giving them the very best advice. Our independence and 90-strong team mean we're well-placed to deliver on our promises and we believe it says a lot that more than 90% of clients are referred to us by existing clients and professional contacts.

At Sagars we know that the needs of the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker will be different to those of the lawyer, the professional sports star and the farmer. We recognise that each and every one of our clients is unique and work with them to provide really useful, bespoke advice and support.

There’s only one way to really find out what life is like as a Sagars client – but to help you decide if you want to come on board, here are a few of the things that we’ll do for you (and some of the things that we won’t).

We will:

  • give you a dedicated partner and other team members to look after you (and if they’re not around when you call, whoever does answer will strive to help you directly)
  • set out our pricing and fees clearly up front
  • talk to you on the phone or meet up, rather than writing, where it makes sense (unless you’d prefer us not to, of course)
  • make forms and letters as clear, user-friendly and jargon-free as possible
  • keep you informed through e-shots, seminars and good old fashioned conversations
  • look beyond technical accounting and tax issues to consider commercial and practical implications

We won’t:

  • send you an unexpected bill
  • screen or fend off your calls with a secretary (mainly because we don’t have any secretaries!)
  • put you through to voicemail (simply because we only have an emergency out of office hours answerphone)
  • send you unintelligible letters and reports
  • forget about you from one year to the next.

Great features you'll love


Seamless, integrated payroll - with QuickBooks Online


Fast and easy setup, customized for you


Monitor your business finances


Invoices that make a great statement


Track your sales, expenses, profit and loss


Sync your bank data automatically


Take away the headache of VAT

Our team

Our team is a mix of home grown talent and senior advisers who’ve joined us from the ‘Big 4’ and national firms – which means you enjoy a high level of expertise and a very personal service.

With 42 Chartered or Certified Accountants, 20 Chartered Taxation Advisers and eight Members of the Society of Trusts & Estates Practitioners, you can be confident that you’re in safe hands. We invest strongly in ongoing training and development so, although regulations and commercial realities change quickly, we’ll stay up to date.

Just as our clients are a diverse mix of people and backgrounds, so are the members of our team – which usually means we can find someone with the expertise and experience you need and who you’ll get on with.

To give you a flavour of just how different we are (for a firm of accountants), former careers and current interests of our team members include: primary school teaching; international netball; professional football; decidedly amateur football; trekking through South America; running from coast to coast for charity; and playing Sweet Charity.

Here we’ve profiled few of our key cloud accounting team members but to “meet” more of our team, just visit sagars.co.uk

Paul Lodder – partner

Paul helps his clients to get the most out of their businesses by providing audit, accounting, tax and advisory services to support specific goals and solve a variety of business challenges – enabling them to concentrate on other business matters.

Heading up our cloud accounting offering, Paul is also responsible for identifying the most useful cloud solutions, ensuring we remain leaders in this field and that our clients benefit from improved financial information.

Having graduated with a Biology degree from York University, Paul joined Sagars in 1999, qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2003. He was promoted to manager in 2005, achieved senior manager status in 2008 and recently became a partner.

t: 0113 297 6823

e: p.lodder@sagars.co.uk

Margaret Middlemass – senior manager

Margaret specialises in providing audit, accounting and tax advice to smaller limited companies, unincorporated businesses and sole traders across a range of industries. She also helps clients to deal with IR35 issues and is one of our in-house cloud accounting experts.

Training with a national firm in Leicester, Margaret achieved Chartered Accountant status in 1979. She built upon her expertise working in general practice and accounting systems set-up before joining Sagars in 1989.

t: 0113 297 6755

e: m.middlemass@sagars.co.uk

Charlotte Ing – assistant manager

Charlotte provides audit, accounting, corporate tax and business advisory services to a variety of owner managed and family businesses. One of our cloud accounting experts, Charlotte’s clients include small and medium sized limited companies, partnerships and unincorporated organisations.

She has also supported our private client department and is experienced in dealing with personal tax returns and tax planning.

Qualified by the Association of Accounting Technicians, Charlotte also achieved Chartered Accountant status in 2011 and was a prize winner in her finals. She joins Sagars from another independent firm, bringing with her over eight years of relevant experience.

t: 0113 297 6818

e: c.ing@sagars.co.uk

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