Initially founded as Clough Tomblin & Co in the 1920s, the SKS Bailey Group Ilkley practice now provides expert accountancy and business services to businesses of all different sizes.


Clough Tomblin & Co started business life in the 1920s as G W Clough & Co.  Mr N Tomblin joined Mr Clough in the 1930s and became a partner just after the Second World War.

Peter Jennings joined and became a partner in the 1960s and took the practice forward.  His success, combined with the expanding workload created by VAT, allowed three articled clerks who had come straight from school, and qualified, to take over the practice from the two senior partners.  Those three, John Spenceley, David Crowther and Neil Riley then practiced until 2018 when Bailey Group Chartered Accountants acquired the practice.

Bailey Group Chartered Accountants then merged with SKS Business Services in September 2020 to become SKS Bailey Group.

Here at SKS Bailey Group Ilkley, we pride ourselves on being different. From our internal structure all the way through to how we tailor our services, we put our client’s individual requirements at the forefront, whilst understanding that all companies are different. We are national firm with local relationships providing tailored and innovative solutions to our clients using specialised skillsets that we share across the group.

Accountancy and business services are built around interaction and flexibility. So whether you’re starting up, growing, buying or exiting a business, we will make it our goal to help you build and preserve wealth, whilst enhancing the value of your business.

Our Services

Here at the SKS Bailey Group Ilkley office, we specialise in dealing with management companies but can also help all businesses with the following top-level services. Simply click in to any of the services for more information.


Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey is a Chartered Accountant who has been involved in the Accountancy industry for more than 30 years. Bailey Group Chartered Accountants was set up by Chris in 2004 and has grown to become one of the largest independent accountancy practices within the North East.

Holly Patton
Practice Manager

After starting as an apprentice in 2013, Holly began with preparing small sets of accounts and tax returns progressing to preparing larger limited company accounts and providing tax advice to clients alongside managing the Gateshead office. Holly is AAT qualified and is currently studying towards her final ACA exam.

Charles Wood

Bio to follow.


Our clients fall into many sectors, including the professions, service sector, construction industry, manufacturers, and retailers, but over the years we have helped businesses from pretty much all industries. Simply click on any of the sectors below to find out more about how we can help.

“We were a new start-up franchise and found the support and advice that was given to us by Charles at the Bailey Group was really helpful and reassuring. We are now three years old and still using the Bailey Group. Charles takes the stress away and supports and advises us when we need it. He is accurate, knowledgeable and has great attention to detail, would highly recommend the Bailey Group.”

Wiltshire Farm Foods (Loughborough) Limited

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If you have a question, require some assistance or would like to speak to one of our team in the Ilkley office, feel free to get in touch using the details below or drop in for a coffee if you’re local.

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