2 things: March 1st to April 30th is a 2 month period, if that's the UK financial year what happens to the rest 10 months? I'm guessing this is a typo, as your code proves. second thing is why not just set dateformat and set the date as a string?
set @StartDate = convert(datetime,year(getdate()) + '-03-01')
PS: Please use the CODE tags around your code. Thanks.
1) The Financial year in UK is March to April, that means(current financial year) 01/03/2011 to 31/04/2012, so it's not only two months. for next year it will be 01/03/2012 to 31/04/2013. if you run above script you will get idea.
2) Both dates are in datetime datatype, so if you want to display in different format you can use Convert() function.