The business started life, over a century ago, as a traditional firm of Edinburgh Chartered Accountants, providing the basic compliance services and general advice to a range of clients. The office was based in the city centre until 1988 when the move was made to a modern office with dedicated parking on the west side of Edinburgh and space for around 20 staff.

Contact Details

  City Edinburgh
  Postcode EH12 9DQ
  Address 6 Redheughs Rigg
  Phone Number 0131 317 7377

Products & Services

Business Accountant Services

We pride ourselves on providing business owners, with a high quality level of service and advice, so that you’re able to make informed decisions that improve that cashflow management, growth and accounting practice of your business.

Our team of Edinburgh Chartered Accountants devote time towards developing long term client relationships. Proper relationships with our clients is something that we feel strongly about. We believe in regular communications and meeting face to face whenever possible. Furthermore, our team of Edinburgh based accountants are both qualified and experienced in a wide variety of commercial services. Most of all, we are experienced in providing business accountancy services to businesses of all types and sizes. We works for clients from across Scotland and service clients across Scotland form our base in Edinburgh.

We help various business clients including:

Self Employed, freelancers and consultants
Small businesses
Large businesses
Family Businesses
Company owners and Directors
Charities and third sector organisations

Personal Services

By investing time in establishing a one-to-one relationship, we’re able to offer you trusted advice that is centred on your own personal need.

Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach straight from an accountancy textbook, we provide a wide range of professional services tailored to your own unique circumstances.

And the common thread of those services? They all ensure your long-term financial well-being remains at the heart of our recommendations.

Our team of Edinburgh-based tax accountants and tax advisers take the time to understand your personal situation, before offering you the best possible advice.

We can help you with the following personal accountancy services:

Inheritance Tax Planning
Personal Tax Planning
Tax Investigation
Trusts & Executorships
Self Assessment Tax Returns
Making Tax Digital

  • I would recommend this business

David at Johnston Smillie has been looking after us and our business since 2006. Papilio is a small family run restaurant but running a business is hard and it would be impossible without the help provided by David and his team with Tax, VAT, Year End Accounts, Payroll, Staff Pensions etc., general accounting advice and help with software packages – the list is endless. I have been blown away by the support provided during the current COVID-19 pandemic, from the very first day of lockdown. The help, guidance, superb Coronavirus regular updates and help with payroll, JRS etc., has been second to none. I dread to think what we would have done without David and the team so thank you for everything you have done to help us. Papilio will be back open soon we hope.

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Customer Testimonials

Johnston Smillie have been my accountants for several years now. They are a team of highly professional, knowledgeable, and helpful people. Regardless of the situation, nothing seems to be too much trouble for them to handle. Competitive fees and a very quick turn around on most areas of work mean that I can relax in the knowledge that everything to do with my limited company is being handled as it should!

On the recommendation of our business bank in 2001, we had a meeting with Ross McKay and decided to employ Johnston Smillie as our accountants (after having a bad experience with our previous one).

We were so happy to have our book-keeping, payroll, accounts and tax affairs running smoothly and ten years passed very quickly, with the super help of Anne Melville, our dedicated accountant.

In the interim time, we moved away from Edinburgh and opened a business in the West Coast. As we were in a small town, we felt that we should use local accountants. So we sadly left Johnston Smillie and moved our business to the West Coast. To cut a long story short, after four years we felt that the new accountants were not for us, so happily without further ado, we moved back to Anne Melville of Johnston Smillie and she kindly took us back under her wing.

We would happily recommend Johnston Smillie to anyone looking for a very helpful and patient accountant.

I have worked with Johnston Smillie for many years now and cannot recommend them highly enough. In fact, I have put a few colleagues in touch with them, who have all thanked me for recommending such a professional yet approachable company.

For my own experience I have always found them easy to deal with, prompt in dealing with any issues, in possession of a wealth of broad knowledge and above all, good value for money.

Johnston Smillie have acted as secretaries and treasurers to our charity since 2009. Johnston Smillie and their team have provided the directors with a friendly and highly professional administration and accountancy service. They have also been very proactive in advising the directors of any matters of relevance to the administration and governance of the organisation. I have no doubt the directors made the right choice in selecting Johnstone Smillie who have assisted enormously in the smooth running of the charity.

I was referred to Johnston Smillie by a family friend when I was starting my own company. The process of opening my own business was stressful at times due to a lot of requirements that I did not understand. Johnston Smillie were absolutely fantastic in not only helping me to understand everything but also making me feel very comfortable in the process. I now know that I have a partner I can trust to keep me right which allows me to get on with business. I strongly recommend the services they have to offer!

We are a small business that has been working with Johnston Smillie for over 20 years. Throughout that time, we have always found their team to be friendly and approachable, no matter how unusual our issue. In particular, Anne Melville is very easy to deal with and has been hugely helpful over the years.

I have now found myself dealing with Johnston Smillie through two other avenues and have found the same friendly and approachable attitude still applies throughout the wider team.

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From Our Website

One of the largest independent Edinburgh Accountants, Johnston Smillie's team offers you experienced chartered accountants and business advisory services. Whether you need business advice or personal financial advice and tax planning, we're here to help. We believe there is intrinsic value in being part of a community and enjoy giving back to local charities and worthy causes. Some of the most rewarding experiences for our team come from vounteering or helping raise finances for others less fortunate in our community.

Edinburgh Chartered Accountants, based in Edinburgh, supporting individual and business clients throughout Scotland. Clients often refer to our team of Edinburgh Chartered Accountants as loyal and pro-active business partners. The range of services that we provide therefore reflects the array of expertise and experience that we have within our team which is noteworthy. You can see some of our client testimonials about our work here. As an independent company, we always put long-term relationships ahead of short-term monetary gain.

A year end audit is often a statutory requirement that requires an efficient experienced service. The Chartered Accountants in our team provide this service for numerous clients across Scotland. If you are searching for someone to audit your accounts then don't hesitate to contact us. We can usually act swiftly if you are in a hurry too. We operate from our offices in Edinburgh servicing clients across Scotland. The process can be an opportunity to provide an analysis of the internal systems and processes and we can provide recommendations to business owners which can assist them with the running of their business.

A very popular choice of Accountants firm for Scotland's SME's, we currently have a team of forty one, including sixteen qualified accountants and three chartered tax advisors. This enables Johnston Smillie to deliver all aspects of our business in a prompt, efficient and highly professional manner, allowing us to place a strong emphasis on the development of both existing and new client relationships. In these uncertain times we wanted to reach out to all our clients to let you know we are here to offer support and guidance over the next few months.

Johnston Smillie can provide you with a range of bookkeeping and accounting services, including the preparation of your VAT returns. If your business has a turnover in excess of 85,000 over the previous 12 months, you must pay VAT. There can be situations where it makes sense for your business to be VAT registered, even if you are not close to breaching the VAT threshold. And there are a number of VAT schemes for specific businesses and industries that can go someway towards limiting your liabilities.