An indispensable part of your business

About Us

About Us

Why we are different

We try to work much more closely with our clients than traditional accountants. We are selective in the clients that we act for. We want to get to know our clients businesses inside out, enabling us to easily identify problems and spot opportunities. We want to help improve profits and encourage growth.

Our aim is to add value

Whatever we do for you, we will always carry out our work with the aim of adding value to your business. We run a very cost effective business by making the most of modern technology and homeworking, but we will never be the cheapest solution. John Ruskin defined value as follows:


“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s also unwise to pay too little. When you pay too much you lose a little money, that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing you bought it to do.


The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it’s well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough money to pay for something better.”


A unique feature of our service is fixed price agreements.


Once we have established your needs we will give you a guaranteed fully inclusive price from the start. This will give you peace of mind and no surprise bills.

Our background

Ryans are Chartered Accountants in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. Founded by Edward Ryan towards the end of the nineteenth century and significantly expanded in 1996 and again in 1997 we have an excellent record of service to our clients spanning three centuries.


We changed our name from Edward Ryan & Co to Ryans on 1st January 2000 We ordered our first computer system in 1975. We have developed our use of technology extensively since then seeing it as an opportunity to improve the service to clients whilst at the same time reducing the costs of that service.


We have a wide range of clients in terms of both activity and size. We specialise in harnessing technology to provide an effective management tool and in providing sound business and tax advice to assist management in addition to the historic recording of financial activity. If you wish to discuss how we could add value to your business then please contact us.


Our commitment to our clients:
We will always try to meet our client’s expectations and exceed them wherever possible.

Our Philosophy

Providing the best possible service

Aiming to continually exceed our clients' expectations

Making the time to really listen to the needs of our clients

Suggesting ideas to improve profits and help the business grow

Providing professional expertise in order to proactively identify opportunities and provide solutions

Being an indispensable part of your business

This is achieved by

Maintaining a small portfolio of high quality clients

Employing qualified individuals with experience of business

Investing in training and information technology

Meet the Team


I was born in Nelson on 20th June 1957 and have lived in what I call Lancashire all my life. (Others may deem that I had a short spell in Greater Manchester!)

Keith Bell FCA


Whilst in my final year of school I was confident that any career path I took should involve figures, my golf game however just wasn’t up to much and so I decided on a career in accountancy.

Martin Smith ACA FCCA


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Dale Pollitt ACA CTA