Having proper accounting systems and procedures covering all of the above areas is a fundamental of all successful businesses. However, the number of businesses that have inadequate systems and procedures, particularly in the SME sector is enormous. Consequently the business owners don’t understand how profitable their business is, or where it’s cash flow is heading. Unless you know the numbers you cannot properly manage your business and remember the saying ‘what you can measure you can manage’.
As well as helping you manage your business, having a well run accounting function with timely and informative reports will give third parties confidence in the business. The biggest single criticism banks and other investors in SME business have, is their lack of financial management control all stemming from an inadequate accounting service area. Whether it is you bank, asset based lenders, suppliers and even potential equity investors, your chances of obtaining funds for your business will be significantly improved with a good accounting function.
Increasingly businesses of all sizes are outsourcing many of the services and business functions they provide. Typically but not exclusively, these will include Accounting, HR and IT. The reasons for outsourcing are many but some of the most common are as follows:
As Manchester based Accountants, we can provide the following Outsourced Accounting services using various Sage and Xero software applications. We are members of the Sage Accountants Club and Xero Certified. The Accounting service area covers a number of different functions, all of which are capable of being outsourced, either individually or combined as part of a larger service package. Typically the areas are:
Payroll and PAYE/NI Compliance
Cash Flow Management
Purchase Ledger/ Accounts Payable Management
VAT Compliance including Returns
Although we are Manchester based, we are able to provide our services anywhere in the country as our software is all hosted in the ‘Cloud’ and using electronic communication.