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how to remove special character and space in beginning of words

What I have tried:

update account set accouname=ltrim(accountname) where accountcode='000000001'

the above query remove space(whitespace) but i wanna query for first letter (special character only) will be removed
Updated 30-Jun-17 2:36am

1 solution

SUBSTRING(accountname, PATINDEX('%[A-Za-z0-9]%', accountname), 9999)

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