Based in Whalley, SKS DSM offer innovative accountancy, tax and business advice services to businesses and individuals throughout the area.


At SKS DSM Accountants we work for Entrepreneurs. We offer a highly personal service ; for individuals, small businesses to complex client groups. We have the expertise and capability to guide our clients through corporate transactions, acquisitions, capital and asset investments, SEIS & EIS investment funding and bank financing to support business growth, development and turn around.

We are a medium size, growing Accountant and Tax Practice in the heart of Lancashire with a national client base. We pride ourselves in offering an outstanding and results based service. Treating our Clients as individuals supports them to reach their business and financial targets.

We hold Business Advisor status with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). We have many experienced Accountants, Accounts Office Staff, Payroll Managers and Bookkeepers to support your business requirements.

Our Directors have worked in senior industry & commercial positions, as well as in practice for many years, bringing a unique understanding to your business drivers & goals, providing commercial and effective solutions to the issues that your business faces.

We have many highly rated specialist areas including – Business Start-ups, Finance & Grants – Outsourced Accounts Office & Payroll Office – Hotel, Restaurants & Leisure – Medical, Dentistry & Health Care – Veterinary Practices – Solicitors & Legal Professionals – Estate & Letting Agencies – Breweries – Group Company Planning – and Tax & VAT Planning & Services.

Meet The Team

Sanjay Swarup

Rosemary Penn-Newman

Alison Watson

Mark Darbyshire


Dr Simon Clavell-Bate
Dr Simon Clavell-BateClavell-Bate Dentists BDS MJDF RCS
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"DSM have accountants that specialise in both the dental sector, and in working with limited companies. They were able to restructure the company from the ground up to suit the NHS, our private income and HMRC, with a huge tax reduction, all for the less money than we paid to incorporate in the first place. Since then I have been introduced to monthly management accounts (unheard of at the last accountants) meaning that I now have a much firmer grasp on the business and am driving the business forwards in a way I didn’t think possible with higher profit, lower tax and therefore money to reinvest!"
Gordon Ross
Gordon RossGR Safety Solutions Ltd
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“I have had a very successful business launch and much of that success is down to the advice and support provided by DSM. Mark sees all my e-mails even if I am dealing with other members of his team, he is always involved and available. His advice has been invaluable. During the last twelve months I have got to know Mark and Gillian very well and they are incredible people. Not only are they effective and professional through their practice but they are kind, decent human beings as well who play a leading role in the community, tirelessly supporting good causes and helping our lovely local area wherever they can. This is very important to me and I feel fortunate to have the Darbyshire’s as business allies."
Carole Ann & Steve Powers
Carole Ann & Steve PowersThe Pampered Pooch Dog Grooming Studio Limited
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"As a small new business set up many years ago, we had never needed an Accountant before, having enjoyed the benefits of being employees, where all that difficult stuff re tax etc was done for us! The transition to self employment was a fantastic decision and having known both Mark and Gillian, as dear friends and loyal supporters in all our Charity work for cancer and other worthy charities, it was a clear decision to ask them to do everything on the Accountancy front. They are both and will always be the Best In Breed, our term (!) not used lightly in our Chow Chow / dog world! Efficient, understanding, approachable, great listening techniques, tenacity to get to the right solution which suited us and benefited us financially whilst keeping within the bands of the all so important law. Gillian, always a workhorse behind the scenes, Mark quite rightly at the forefront in a client facing Accountancy role, doing their uppermost best in such unselfish ways, whilst supporting a great team behind the scenes. Both completely understand what makes Small and Medium Enterprises tick!"
Noel Creamer
Noel CreamerConnections 2 Energy Limited
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"Every interaction our company has had with our accountants, DSM, has been entirely professional. Our enquiries are dealt with promptly, precisely and all in an informative and friendly manner. As we’ve grown, DSM have clearly demonstrated an ability to match our progress and have given us a peace of mind that allows us to concentrate on our core business, safe in the knowledge that our accountancy is in great hands. They have undertaken in depth tax planning, company structure business advice and HMRC R&D for our company which has made a huge difference in tax savings and tax planning. I cannot recommend this business and its staff highly enough."
Jeremy James MSc, BSc (Hons), CEcol, CEnv, MCIEEM
Jeremy James MSc, BSc (Hons), CEcol, CEnv, MCIEEMDirector & Principal Ecologist
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"I cannot recommend DSM highly enough, they have provided me with a full range of business support services for almost 10 years. They are both professional and personally supportive, and have been an invaluable factor in the growth and success of Bowland Ecology."
Amanda Hall
Amanda HallHouldsworth Solicitors
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"We have had numerous accountants over the years – none of which totally understood our needs – dsm are in a different league to all the others – we have never been as happy with the advice and constant help that they provide to our business – everybody should have an accountant like them."
Guy Purves
Guy PurvesGinger Pumpkin
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"Gill, Mark and their team really understand how to keep entrepreneurial clients on the right track. They have a team of specialists which means that they bring so much more to the table than your average firm of accountants. Highly recommended."

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