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About CLC Accountants & Business Advisors

The practice was originally created following the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) in April 1973. Following mergers in 1995, and 1998, and three movements in premises, CLC was established at 32-36 Chorley New Road, Bolton, in January 2013, almost forty years from inception

At CLC we have a much different approach to your typical accountant and we seek to understand your business from the inside out such that we can be best placed to provide pro-active, real time advice. Our aim at CLC is to create meaningful business relationships with the clients irrespective of their size.

We will attempt to provide a personal service at all times and in so doing:

  • Provide a prompt efficient professional response
  • Be courteous and polite at all times
  • Seek to understand your business
  • Develop practical and cost effective financial solutions
  • Provide accurate costings prior to engaging time

At CLC we understand that you have a choice and we aim to ensure that you never regret having chosen this practice.

Meet The Team

Having left my training company Kevan Pilling and Co in 1982 I joined my father in practice and I have been self-employed ever since. Over the years I have gained a specialist knowledge of the licensed and restaurant trade and I have been particularly successful in negotiating enquiry settlements with HMRC on behalf of clients.

Phil Lee


I have been a director at CLC Accountants for the last 6 years and prior to that a partner in Cowgill Holloway SBU from June 2002, having originally joined Cowgill Holloway in 1990. During my many years in practice I have gained a wealth of experience dealing with owner managed businesses from sole traders and partnerships to limited companies.

John Colee


Mark Newman

Client Manager

Simeon Woosey

Client Manager

Rachael Hill

Payroll Manager

Denise Lee

Office Manager

Phil Keeling

Business Development


We have used CLC for over 10 years and always found them to be professional and helpful.  I would highly recommend them.

Mark Ferris @ Select Vehicles Ltd

CLC helped us seamlessly transition from our old accounting package to Xero.What at first seemed like an overbearing, stressful task was made effortless with the support and training from CLC’s knowledgeable staff. Since switching to Xero our business processes have been completely transformed for the better, reducing our administration costs massively.

Alex Trenbath @ Asprey St John & Co

Having been a client of CLC for a number of years it is refreshing to work with such a forward thinking practice. It is really important for me to be on top of my finances on a monthly basis and CLC have put procedures in place that help me do this. By using Xero and Receipt bank they have managed to streamline all of my bookkeeping and can provide me with real time financial information whenever I need it. All of the staff at CLC are very helpful and are quick and professional when I need advice urgently. It is a pleasure to work with CLC and I hope to continue to see my businesses grow with the help and advice I receive from them for many years to come.

Adam Chapman

CLC Accountants and Business Advisors have been our accountants for the past 30 years, working with us privately and professionally.

I believe CLC have made a significant difference to the growth of our business, Phil Lee has always offered professional guidance, which has proved invaluable. His support personally to us as a family has been exemplary over the years.

Rob Lee is a familiar face here in our office completing Monthly Management Accounts, VAT Returns and clarifying any other queries we present to him while he is here. Rob always works with professionalism and a friendly approach which we all really appreciate.

The whole team at CLC have always been very reactive to emails and queries regarding Payroll, P11Ds, Tax Returns the list is endless thank you for your patience.

We have had a successful long-term relationship with CLC and hope we have another good 30 years together.

Jan Wicklen – Hi -Tec Controls (Bolton) Ltd

Being new to running my own business was a daunting prospect. I’m so glad I chose CLC as my Accountants, they have a can do attitude, always easy to contact the right person within their organisation and they’ve made my business prosper through good honest guidance. I look forward to growing my business step by step with a trusted Accountants at my side.

Martyn Hamer – Class AA PGA Club Professional – Davyhulme Park Golf Club