The Company

Back In Black Books Ltd was formed at the beginning of 2014 by Julian J Rowley MAAT CIPFA Dip. (Director).

The company is a modern and fresh alternative to the standard accountancy practice, supporting your business in both the traditional approach and through online Cloud accounting.

The 24 hour, on-call flexible service is perfectly suited to the small business, including:

  • Sole traders / self-employed
  • Partnerships
  • Limited companies

All fees are extremely competitive and can be set up annually or through the preferred monthly standing order, clearly demonstrating the ongoing year-round partnership with your business.

Please review our Services page for more information about the range of services available, and we very much look forward to working with you.

The Team

Julian J Rowley MAAT CIPFA Dip

Julian J Rowley MAAT CIPFA Dip


Work Background

I joined Macclesfield Borough Council in 1990 as a Finance Trainee, grasping the opportunity to undertake financial training while also getting paid in the role.

Having obtained Membership status with the Association of Accounting Technicians, I then went on to study further with CIPFA, ultimately gaining the position of Accountant with Cheshire East Council.

The varied role involved meeting the challenges of a constantly changing service delivery model, budget pressures and efficiency measures, while retaining exceedingly high standards of financial support to front-line services.

Having spent 23 years in the public sector gaining invaluable financial skills and experience, I called time on this chapter of my career in order to pursue a long-standing ambition of running my own accountancy practice with a modern and customer-focused approach, differentiating it from the traditional accounting practice.

Personal Background

I live in Macclesfield with my wife Heather, who jointly owns the company with me, and our two young sons, Ethan and Jake.

As well as Finance, I have worked as an On-Call firefighter with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service since 2006 so I certainly can’t complain about lack of variety during my working day – I could be creating complex spreadsheets or performing intricate tax calculations when the call comes and I have to dash out to drive the fire engine to a traffic accident or house fire.

It was these two very different occupations which combined to “light the fuse” that led to my breaking away from local government and fulfilling my ambition to establish an accountancy practice which would be flexible enough to accommodate both pursuits, allowing me to serve and support local businesses and the community.

Melissa March

Melissa March

Executive Assistant

About Melissa

Melissa March has joined Back in Black as an Executive Assistant after a career in business management. Her industry experience includes business development, accounts management and marketing. After educating herself in Commerce, she owned her own company for many years and worked in business development. She lived and worked in Canada throughout her life but moved to her family’s native UK in July 2014. In addition to her role with Back in Black Books Ltd, she manages a personal assistant business in Macclesfield.

Why Choose Back In Black Books Ltd?

We believe that an accountancy practice should not simply be about crunching the numbers to produce profit and loss accounts and balance sheets (however satisfying this may be), but should involve getting out and about meeting local businesses, appreciating what they do and understanding how you can best support their financial requirements.

Additionally, by providing alternative, low fixed-cost online accounting solutions, the client is given freedom and flexibility in terms of how their accounts are managed, as well as how often and by what method they pay for the services they receive.


The company provides multiple benefits, which we believe provides a more attractive and cost-effective solution to the traditional accountancy practice.

All In One

A comprehensive accountancy and financial services solution for your business, from basic bookkeeping services through to final accounts production, tax returns and payroll.


Supports a cloud-based online accounting solution in addition to the traditional approach, meaning that all client requirements can be accommodated.

Fixed Fees

Upfront fixed monthly fees provides the client with an affordable payment plan, that can be amended throughout the year as additional services are either added to the package or no longer required.


We are not simply here once a year. Once the initial enquiry is made, the service and support will be available to your business throughout the year on a 24 hour basis (subject to a reasonable level of support / calls / emails etc as part of the monthly package).
We are confident that Back In Black Books can provide this flexible, all-round solution for your business, and that your initial enquiry will be the prelude to a prosperous, professional partnership.