Sutherland Black Chartered Accountants


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No-nonsense small business advice from chartered accountants in Scotland

Because your business is too important to leave to guesswork.

  • More cash – reliable, practical advice to improve profitability, minimize taxes and free up cash

  • More time – fast, efficient accounting using cloud software to free up time for where it’s needed most

  • More certainty – fixed-fee pricing agreed in advance so you always know what you’ll be paying

  • More freedom – a better-run business gives you the peace of mind to step away from it more often

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Dependable business accounting and advisory services for limited companies and more…

We provide the following accounting and advisory services for limited companies, as well as sole traders and partnerships across Scotland:

Accounting services

Xero accounting software provides real-time data at your fingertips. We make sense of the statutory accounting information to help you plan and identify the changes needed to run a more efficient and profitable business. MORE…

Tax services

We provide small business VAT returns and advisory services for becoming more tax-efficient, saving on unnecessary taxes. VAT is complex in Scotland – we simplify it so that you can focus on areas of the business that need you. MORE…

Bookkeeping services

We keep you up to date with daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly bookkeeping, managing the process from end to end so that you have the management information required to make informed decisions for your business. MORE…

Payroll services

We look after weekly payroll for Scottish businesses of 1-100 employees, managing the process end to end, providing electronic payslips and making sure that the Statutory Pension requirements of your business are met. MORE…

Business advisory

With our strong business backgrounds, we are well-positioned to advise you, combining up-to-date management information and commercial know-how to review your business and provide advice and support as required. MORE…

Business streamlining

As one of Xero’s Gold Accountants Partners in Scotland, we can help you migrate your business to cloud accounting so that you can streamline it and process large volumes of data more efficiently, accessing it at any time from any device. MORE…


Other Scottish small business owners just like you…

“I've been with Sutherland Black since 2016 and in simple terms, they've taken a ton of stress and hassle off my plate and never let me down. I value partnerships and that's why I've never bothered about looking elsewhere. It’s simply a great service with people that you can grow a trusting relationship with.”

Steven Harper (2021)

“Our company have been with Sutherland Black for the past 3 years. The service has been great, anytime we have a question we are able to speak either with our bookkeeper or our accountant and they respond very quickly and are always willing to get on the phone to talk through anything you need. Highly recommend!”

Caterina Bianchini (2021)

“Sutherland Black have provided timely and professional advice and services since I started my business over 3 years ago. They're friendly, professional and reliable and I consider a key partner in the success of my business.”

Ian J (2021)

“Sutherland Black are an amazing help to me on a daily basis and keep me right with advice and superb professionalism.”

Jonathan Keating (2021)


Meet our plain-talking team

We believe there is too much jargon in accounting. Business owners don’t want to hear it. We get bored of it. And it usually leads to misunderstandings.

You’ll find our team jargon-free, plain-talking and ready to speak your language.

Beyond being experienced, first-class chartered accountants and tax advisors, we also have lives to live (believe it or not!)

So, we know how important it is for small business owners to create the time and the peace of mind, as well as the money, to spend time doing what they love with their families.

We aim to work in partnership with you over the months and years ahead to enable that to happen.

Since 2007, Rob Meredith and John McLaughlin have been advising small business owners largely across the Central Belt – not just in Glasgow and Edinburgh but well beyond too.

While we quite enjoy heading to the hills at times (Rob has been known to climb a few of them), most consultations outside of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Livingstone are conducted online using Zoom.

If you run a small business in the Central Belt area, we should talk!



Rob is a Chartered Tax Adviser with previous experience of running his own contractor company and a £1m-turnover trading business. Rob lives in Edinburgh and races his sailing boat on the Forth.



John is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years of experience working in traditional accountancy practices. He lives in West Lothian and is on the board of the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce.


Fast, modern, communicative accounting

Sutherland Black Chartered Accountants realized long ago that the future of accounting was in the cloud.

We embraced it early on and are have been a Xero Gold Accountants Partner since 2012.

Combined with our business experience and commercial know-how, our communication skills, and our firm knowledge of accounting, the technology we introduce to clients around Scotland improves their businesses.

Fast, modern, communicative accounting services that provide the information you need to grow your business.


Fixed, affordable and predictable fees

It’s easier to plan when you know what the costs are.

We will never do any accounting work unless a fixed-fee price is agreed upon upfront with you.

This protects you from inflated hourly charges that can be a concern for small business owners running tight ships. No surprises, no hidden charges and no unplanned meetings and phone calls charged on top.

Just a fixed monthly fee payable by Direct Debit.

Who’s it for?

Most of our clients are:

  • Limited Companies in Scotland with a turnover of between £100,000 and £10 million.

  • Businesses with 1-50 employees

  • In the service, hospitality, engineering or manufacturing sectors

We can assist almost any Scottish business with accounting, tax and bookkeeping services but limited companies encounter more legal responsibilities than sole traders or partnerships.

Our expertise with limited companies can be useful both for startups (advice with structuring and set up as well as accounting) AND established businesses that are ambitious and looking to grow or want to make structural changes.

If you are looking for direction, support and advice for your business, let’s talk!

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It’s free and there’s strictly no obligation.