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Business recovery planning: How your local accountants can help your business get back on track

What is business recovery planning?

Business recovery plans are the plans used by the operational teams of a business following an incident which affects their ability to operate normally. They usually consist of contingencies for core processes, plant and assets, business partners and human resources. They also include (but are much more comprehensive than) disaster recovery plans for information systems. Their main goal is to facilitate business continuity. 

Why is a business recovery strategy high on today’s agenda?

Business recovery planning covers all sorts of unforeseen events, from fires to floods to terrorist attacks, and therefore the plan is usually very broad in its scope. Where the assumption is a physical set back of some kind (like a flood or a fire), the business recovery strategy employed will be around buildings, equipment, etc.

However, the impact of COVID-19 has put many businesses, large and small, into positions where they have been trading at levels far lower than those required to make a profit – in some cases businesses in industries like hospitality have had to temporarily shut down. In both cases, although the government has been supporting the wage bill through furlough, rent and other overheads have still been outgoing costs which have had to be covered in the meantime and businesses that are still operational have had to completely adjust working practices.

If you didn’t have a business recovery strategy in place before Covid, it may be that you’re thinking about putting one in place for future contingencies.

When should business recovery planning be put in place?

Realistically, as soon as possible after the event in question. It’s a potentially complex and wide-ranging strategy that can cover things as simple as where people can work from in lieu of the usual office space availability and getting business insurance claims started, through to IT backups, failover sites (digital and physical) and supplier failure contingency.

Where do accountants fit in with your business recovery strategy?

Having an accountancy business in place and ready to support you when you need it most is critical not only to ensure business continuity during what may be a financially tough time, but will also give you peace of mind that someone who knows your business is there to help. Accountants will be able to help with the following areas:

  • Cash flow modelling and forecasting
  • Cost reduction recommendations
  • Securing additional Time to Pay through HMRC
  • Sourcing alternative finance options
  • Overall health check and solvency review

How Kirkwood Wilson Accountants can help in your business recovery planning

As local accountants who specialise in healthcare and construction – including CIS – we have an in-depth knowledge of the kinds of issues that can arise in your industry and the types of support that you will need to get your business back on track.

We work closely with our clients to ensure we understand where your skills lie and where you might need us to step in during an emergency. For more information on how we can help your business recovery strategy take shape, get in touch on 01704 546 000 or email [email protected].

Why your small business needs an accountant

You might be mistaken into thinking that as a small business, you are able to manage your own accounting and bookkeeping. However, as with any business, whether small or a start-up, the aim is always to grow. By enlisting an accountant, you can focus on the growth of your business whilst they handle all the paperwork. Read on to find out more about why your small business needs an accountant.

What do we mean by small business?

Of the 5.5million registered businesses in the UK, over 99% of them are classified as a small to medium-sized business. These small businesses and start-ups cover a whole range of useful and luxury goods, or services and experiences. However, small businesses have a number of defining characteristics that help to identify them as a small business. 

To be legally identified as a small business, your organisation must consist of less than 50 employees, with a turnover of less than £10,000,000 annually. A micro business is a little bit smaller than that, with less than 10 employees and a turnover of less than £2,000,000 annually. 

What a small business accountant can do for your business

In the UK, company accounts must be submitted to Companies House every single year, regardless of whether your company has been active or dormant in the last 12 months. Your accounts must be registered with Companies House within 9 months of the last Accounting Reference Date, also known as the ARD. This is usually the anniversary of the last calendar day of the month your company was registered. So, for example, if your business was registered with Companies House in January, your accounts must be filed with Companies House in the following September. 

If you run a small business, or you are self-employed, an accountant can bring considerable advantages. We’ve listed a few of the top ones below. 

An accountant helps you handle growth

As a small business, your aim is likely to be that you want to grow your business sustainably. By hiring an accountant, they will be on hand to help you handle these growth transitions, such as hiring new employees or moving to new locations. Your small business accountant will be on hand to look after the finer details of your businesses growth, such as payroll, employee tax management, property taxes, utilities and so much more. This frees up a considerable amount of your time to run your business.

To improve your cash flows

The old saying goes, “cash is king” and in business, this couldn’t be any more true. Cash is the fuel that will keep your business running and without proper control of your cash flow, you cannot make the critical business decisions necessary to keep your business running. 

Having a good small business on hand will help you to ensure that you have good credit control and cash management policies. For example, say your business offers services or goods on a 30-day payment term. By hiring an accountant, they can work to keep your business on top of your finances and ensure that you have good credit control with your customers paying on time. 

Reduce your workload

Understandably, you will want to focus your time on the day to day running of your business rather than spending your precious time and resources on bookkeeping and compliance. This is where an accountant comes in handy.

Let’s say, for example, that you run an Amazon business dealing in technology. Business is booming and you need to ramp up your resources to keep up with demand. This is where an accountant that specialises in accounting for Amazon sellers will come in handy. They can handle all of the day to day running of your business bookkeeping whilst keeping up to date with tax and company compliance. 

They provide valuable business advice

When you choose the correct accountant, they will also be able to serve as a valuable resource for business advice. Carrying with them a wealth of knowledge and experience from dealing with companies and clients from all walks of life, an accountant will be well versed in most of the problems and challenges you may encounter in your business. 

As a result, they are a brilliant resource for sound boarding ideas off and providing valuable business advice. For example, imagine you have a small food takeout business that is booming in popularity. So much so, that you consider opening a new location in another town. Your accountant will be on hand to help advise you on the potential challenges and pitfalls you may face as a business owner looking to expand, to help eliminate some of that risk. 

They help you to process payroll

Businesses with employees need to operate payroll effectively and in-line with proper payroll regulations to ensure that employees are treated fairly and legally. By not complying with payroll regulations, your business could face huge fines and backdated tax bills that may ultimately lead to the collapse of your business. 

By hiring an accountant to handle payroll for you, your business will not fall foul of payroll regulations, leaving you with one less thing to worry about. 

To help measure your businesses performance

Oftentimes, business performance is neglected by small business owners, as is setting timely and measurable business objectives. It has been suggested that approximately 90% of startups fail because they fail to keep on top of their objectives and measure these against their performance. However, an accountant will help you to understand your business’s performance that will enable you to effectively plan your business growth moving forward. 

They keep you up to date with tax and compliance regulations

By hiring a business accountant, they will help you stay up to date with the very latest in tax legislation and other regulations. In doing so, your accountant will help you from falling foul of legislation that may affect your business and cash flow should you encounter large fines and tax bills. 

As an example, perhaps you are struggling to keep on top of your accounts and taxes, with HMRC stepping in due to large unpaid corporation tax bills. In this instance, your business will most likely incur large fines and backdated tax bills. However, by having a small business accountant in place, you can avoid this issue altogether as they file your company accounts annually and calculate your tax bills. 

Find a small business accountant

You can see why it is so important to find a small business accountant to help you grow your business, whilst also managing your accounts and ensuring that you keep up to date with the latest tax legislation and compliance. 

When you are looking for a business accountant, it is important to not just consider the cost to your business. You need to also consider the service they are providing and how good their customer service is. It is vital that you feel comfortable enough to be able to have frank business discussions with your small business accountants about the future of your business and they must understand the nature of your business to help you operate effectively.

Consider all of these factors when looking for your first small business accountant and watch your business flourish with their support.

The importance of bookkeeping when selling on Etsy

During the past year, the percentage of retail sold through ecommerce platforms like Etsy rose from less than 20% to well over 35%. In the course of a single year that’s a phenomenal change, and it’s thanks to the entrepreneurial, open-minded makers and crafters who were able to take up that challenge and move their goods online during the toughest of conditions that we have been able to continue to send beautiful gifts and treat one another even in the hardest of times.

However, along with the creative side of doing business online comes an aspect that some of us are less keen on – accounting. It will do you no favours to simply stick your head in the sand when it comes to bookkeeping, so we take a look at the importance of bookkeeping for Etsy sellers, what support is available, and what you can expect from an Etsy accountant.

Why is bookkeeping for Etsy sellers so important?

Bookkeeping for any business, large or small, ecommerce or face-to-face, is important because it allows you to keep track of day-to-day financial transactions like sales and purchases. However, what sets apart the kind of business done over ecommerce platforms like Etsy is the speed at which these processes take place; goods are bought and shipped in a matter of hours in many cases, with purchases then immediately made to maintain stock levels. Below are just some of the reasons why bookkeeping is so important for Etsy sellers:

Keep track of income and outgoings

In order to understand what money you are making and spending and to keep a control on that expenditure day-to-day, you need to ensure that you are keeping track of those movements. Software such as Xero is designed specifically with bookkeeping for Etsy sellers and other ecommerce platforms in mind; it integrates directly with ecommerce stores so that the tracking of finances is smooth and automated, and you can access that information at any time and from anywhere via an app. 

Manage cash flow

As a small business, cash flow is equally as important as – if not more important than – profit. Whilst one of the key reasons for being in business is profitability in the long-term, if your cash-flow doesn’t enable you to pay your suppliers or workers, you won’t stay in business very long. Bookkeeping allows you to keep control over your cash flow, make sure that you are receiving money when you expect to, purchase stock only as you need it and pay your suppliers at a time that gives you the best chance of success.

Analyse successes and capitalise on them

Bookkeeping, for Etsy sellers just like all other small businesses, helps to inform you of what is going right and where you could improve. If you track when you sell goods, how much profit you make and from which product lines into which market areas, you can start to track what works for your business and what you should do more of. If you choose to work with a management accountant, Etsy, combined with the information from your cloud accountancy package, will provide them with all the data they need to be able to analyse which areas to invest in, expand on and promote, as well as enable you to forward plan for the future. 

If you are looking for an Etsy accountant who can support you in growing and managing your business, Kirkwood-Wilson Accountants are experienced in bookkeeping for Etsy sellers; we are Xero Gold Partners and can support you in the set-up and installation of a cloud accountancy tool as well as providing you with accountancy services to fit your needs longer term.

If you want to feel like you are in control of your business but with the support of an experienced Etsy accountant, get in touch with us for a chat about your business on 01704 546 000 or email [email protected].

Selling online? Why you need our ecommerce accounting services

Setting up your own online business is exciting! Finding out what works for your customers and watching your turnover grow over time, not to mention the many benefits in terms of managing your own time and making your own decisions, can be exhilarating. However, the idea that we have to suddenly become experts in every area of business – from marketing and sales to accounting and employment law – can be daunting.

The most effective way to run a business is to try to understand the basic requirements of every area of your business, match those with your own abilities, and outsource the bits that don’t fit with your skills, your time or your passion. The great thing about ecommerce accounting services is that, done properly, you can choose exactly which areas of your finances you want to outsource and keep the rest for yourself. We take a look at some of the benefits of using an experienced ecommerce accountant and how we could help your business grow.

How do you start your own ecommerce business?

Before we get down to the benefits of using an experienced ecommerce accountant, we thought we better start with the basics. How exactly do you start your own ecommerce business?

Firstly you need a product or a service. Once you have this, there are plenty of tools online to help you get set up to start selling across a range of platforms, including Amazon, Etsy and Ebay. 

One of the most important things to consider when setting up your own ecommerce business, is to get everything you need in place from the start. We are seeing more and more ecommerce business men and women who are supplementing their full time job with income from their ‘side-hustle’. With this comes the potential for nasty tax bills in the future, especially if you’re already close to the higher-rate tax threshold in your ‘normal’ job.

Organising an ecommerce accountant from the very start can not only help you avoid expensive tax bills, but they can also help you with business advice including cash flow management, setting budgets and giving you the tools you need to help your business grow. 

The benefits of using an experienced ecommerce accountant

Now we understand the importance of having that accountancy support right from the start, let’s take a look at some of the other benefits of having an experienced ecommerce accountant in place for your business.

Keep control of your finances

We’re not suggesting you hand over your accounts (and therefore your financial control) to someone else. Quite the opposite, in fact. We believe that all business owners should feel completely in control of their finances, whether you are running a multi-million pound manufacturing business or a sole trader ecommerce business selling handmade goods from your kitchen.

One of the great advantages of employing ecommerce accounting services which are designed specifically for businesses like yours is that, when used properly, you have access to, and total control over, your own business’ finances. 

Have full visibility of your business’ finances

One of the fantastic changes that accountancy has seen over the past decade is the development of excellent cloud accountancy packages which can be fully integrated with your ecommerce store and provide you with the tools you need to run your business and your finances seamlessly. 

We recommend that you choose a package like Xero, which provides an app so that you can manage your finances on the move, as well as giving you a solution that will track sales, costs and inventory so that you can take care of all your key financial aspects in one place. You can then choose how much intervention and support you want from your ecommerce accounting service provider, and that’s where ecommerce accountants like Kirkwood-Wilson come into our own; our expertise in digital accounting combined with experience in supporting small business owners of ecommerce sites means that we understand just how much flexibility you need. 

Create your own financial support package

It may be that you’re looking for ecommerce accounting services that will support you from the outset, assisting with setting up your cloud-based accounting software and helping you to integrate it with your ecommerce platform to ensure that the data is correct and the outputs are providing you with the right level of support. 

We did exactly this for our client Mad Fashion, who moved from manual tracking of stock, sales and costs to Xero, which fully integrated with their existing ecommerce site to take the pain out of their financial tracking. You can read more about how we supported them as a Xero Gold partner in their case study.

However, you don’t need to go all-in; Kirkwood-Wilson Accountants offer ecommerce accounting services that are completely tailored to your needs. Not only are we a Xero Gold partner and therefore well placed to help you set up digital accounting, but we also offer a range of basic accounting packages that can be adjusted to fit your needs and the needs of your business. 

Choose ecommerce accounting services you can trust

If you are looking for an ecommerce accountant, we will work with you to understand the level of support that your business requires and make sure that you receive just the right amount of back-up and advice to give you the best chance of growth – without breaking the bank. 

To find out more about our ecommerce accounting services, get in touch for a free consultation on 01704 546 000 or email [email protected]

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Why choose Kirkwood Wilson to be your Amazon accountants?

With so many people turning to online shopping throughout the pandemic, the trend of starting  e-commerce businesses has accelerated hugely – and is here to stay. Whether you’re a new start-up business selling through Amazon or an existing company who has expanded their sales to include an on-line element, no doubt Amazon is one of your sales platforms of choice. 

There can be a lot to learn and juggle, whether you are selling through Amazon central or using Amazon FBA (Fulfilment by Amazon). Whatever your choice of fulfilment place and process, why not take the heat off when it comes to Amazon FBA accounting? Kirkwood Wilson are experienced in working with small businesses who sell through e-commerce platforms, so if you are looking specifically for someone who can help with accounting for Amazon sellers, then you’ve come to the right place. Find out more about what it means to use experienced Amazon accountants and how we can help you.

How does accounting for Amazon sellers differ from standard accounting?

If you want to make the most of your potential consumer market, you are likely to be selling into Europe as well as the UK. Whether shipping from here or holding stock and fulfilling directly from elsewhere in Europe, it can be difficult to keep track of the VAT requirements across each separate country.

amazon accountantsAs an Amazon seller, you are responsible for ensuring that you are VAT compliant, but if this sends you into a cold sweat, no need to panic; as experienced Amazon accountants we will help you with this aspect of your business and make sure that your Amazon FBA accounting is fully compliant with EU law and that your tax returns are always accurate. 

What support do we offer around accounting for Amazon sellers?

If you’re looking for Amazon FBA accounting support, we know that you’ve already handed over your stock to a third party; whilst this takes the hassle out of despatch and offers your customers a faster, cheaper delivery, it can be daunting to know that your personal touch and direct control over service levels have been removed.

However, this doesn’t mean that Amazon FBA accounting has to be nerve wracking too – we will guide you through every step. The existing requirement to move to digital accounting means that many people are already looking for cloud-based accounting software; if you are also selling through Amazon, accountancy packages such as Xero are a perfect solution. 

Xero has full functionality to integrate directly with Amazon central so that accounting for Amazon sellers could not be easier. As Xero Gold Partners, Kirkwood Wilson will guide you through the Amazon FBA accounting set-up so that you have a seamless transition. 

The benefits for Amazon sellers accounting through Xero include:

  • Simple reconciliation of Amazon FBA transactions into Xero
  • Synchronisation of your inventory between Amazon and Xero so that you are always on top of your stock levels
  • Cash flow management through direct integration between Xero and Amazon Central
  • Full control of your finances across Amazon as well as Etsy and eBay

Why choose Kirkwood Wilson to be your Amazon accountants?

The team here at Kirkwood Wilson love working with innovative business start-ups and on-line sellers who want to capture the market whilst it is primed for online sales. 

If you would like to see how we have helped similar businesses with their Amazon FBA accounting, why not check out our case study on MAD Fashions who we helped to successfully integrate Xero with Amazon and PayPal as well as their cloud-based stock system.

 If you’re thinking of taking the plunge, or are already there and would like some support from someone who understands accounting for Amazon sellers, then don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01704 546 000 or email [email protected]

HMRC extends CGT 30-day reporting period

HMRC extends CGT 30-day reporting period

Introduced in April 2020, there is a new requirement for UK residents to report and pay capital gains tax (CGT) on disposals of UK residential properties. This is a new requirement for UK residents as non-residents have had an obligation to pay this since 2015. In our latest article, the team at Kirkwood Wilson provide some guidance on reporting disposals to HMRC, specifically through their online system.

More information on the CGT 30-day reporting period

As of the 6th April 2020, HMRC introduced new rules regarding the reporting of CGT, Capital Gains Tax. These new rules were regarding the disposals of UK residential property and required both UK and non-UK residents to comply. As of the 6th April 2020, any gains of residential properties should be reported within 30 days.

As part of these new rules, individuals are required to register for their own Government Gateway account and set up an online account.

Reporting CGT

UK residents are now required to report gains on UK residential property, only in circumstances where tax is due. This can include:

A deemed disposal
A gift of a residential property
Or a disposal of a principal private residence that does not qualify for full relief.

It is important to note that the requirements for non-residents are wider and apply even where no tax is due.

On 19 August 2020, HMRC upgraded the system to allow gains on second and subsequent disposals to be reported online.

Previously the system could only be used for the first disposal in any tax year and subsequent disposals had to be reported on a paper return.

The system now also allows capacitors (those holding power of attorney) and personal representatives to report gains.

HMRC and CGT 30-day reporting

As stated by HMRC, due to coronavirus (Covid-19), they did not issue late penalties to any transactions completed between 6 April and 30 June 2020, provided the gain was reported and any tax due paid by 31 July 2020. Anyone who completes the sale of a property from 1 July 2020 onwards has 30 calendar days to report and pay the tax due.

Transactions completed from 1 July 2020 will receive a late filing penalty if they are not reported within 30 calendar days. Interest will be charged if the tax remains unpaid after 30 days for all transactions from 6 April 2020.

Kirkwood Wilson and financial advice

So, to sum up, any gains of residential properties since 6.4.20 should be reported within 30 days.

Here at Kirkwood Wilson, we are happy to help with any financial worries or concerns. If the announcement of the 30-day CGT reporting has confused you or is something you require some support with, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Connecting Receipt Bank with your Futrli app

Connecting Receipt Bank with your Futrli app

Here at Kirkwood Wilson, we are passionate about staying up to date with the latest accounting software. We are always on the lookout for new technologies that can help our clients to achieve their accounting goals. Read on to find out more about Futrli and how connecting it to your Receipt Bank app can help you to improve your financial records.

What is Futrli?

Futrli is an accounting app for the UK market that was formerly known as CrunchBoards. This app allows you to create financial forecasts and reports based on either financial or non-financial data. Here at Kirkwood Wilson Accountants, we advocate Futrli for medium to large businesses that often require much more extensive reporting on their budgets, KPIs and cash flow.

Through Futrli, business owners can receive both their financial and non-financial KPIs, with the ability to generate 3-way forecasts across a 10-year period. This is part of what makes Futrli such a popular accounting app in the UK. Not only this, but Futrli can also provide you with multiple “what if” scenarios for different circumstances. So you always have an idea of how things will play out for your business.

Find out more about Futrli by reading our blog post, ‘What is the Futrli app and how can it help you?’.

What is the Receipt Bank app?

Receipt Bank is a UK accounting app that claims to be “the #1 remote working tool for accountants and bookkeepers”. This accounting app works to connect business accountants with their clients by capturing receipts and data in an instant. You simply need to snap a picture of any receipts relating to your business, and the Receipt Bank app does the rest. It extracts the data to remove any of the key details that the accountant will need, and stores this securely on a cloud-based system. This means that your data is only accessible by approved parties.

Here at Kirkwood Wilson, one of the reasons we love the Receipt Bank app so much is that it can seamlessly integrate with the leading accounting, payroll and payment software. This means that Receipt Bank fits seamlessly into a complete end-to-end solution that will meet your business needs.

How Receipt Bank works

The Receipt Bank app is a great way to capture, store and keep track of all of your business receipts, bills, invoices and bank statements to share with your accounting team. You simply need to use your phone to take a photo of the bill, receipt, invoice or bank statement and then upload to the Receipt Bank app from anywhere on-the-go. What will you do with the extra time saved by scrapping time-consuming financial admin?

Connecting Receipt Bank with your Futrli app

Whilst Futrli turns your bookkeeping data into daily insights, Receipt Bank is a secure way to upload and store all forms of business transaction data. Coupled with Futrli’s prediction and planning software, Receipt Bank can assist in helping you make the right decisions to keep your business growing. To connect, you simply need to integrate your Receipt Bank app with the Futrli app in your account settings.

Speak to Kirkwood Wilson to find out how accounting apps can help you

We believe that accounting should be made simple for our clients. This is why we are constantly on the lookout for new and exciting accounting apps that will help you to make the process easier, whilst we do the hard work! This way, we can continue to deliver you our excellent service, whilst also saving you time to focus on the bigger picture – growing your business.

If you want advice on the best accounting apps or how we can help you to get your accounts in order, get in touch with us today. We are always on hand to help you with any of your accounting queries.

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What is the Futrli app and how can it help you?

Here at Kirkwood Wilson, we are passionate about keeping up to date with all the latest accounting technology. We are always on the lookout for new technologies and apps that can help us to help our clients in the best way possible. Here, we explore the features and benefits of the Futrli app and explain why we are such big fans of it.

What is the Futrli app?

Before we get started on the finer details of the Futrli app, we thought we should explain exactly what it is. Futrli, pronounced “future-lee” and formerly known as CrunchBoards, can be best described as a piece of financial forecasting software.
The app allows users to create financial forecasts and reports based on either their financial or non-financial data. These can be created either from a pure starting point or using the helpful templates that Futrli provides within the app.
Futrli is perfect for those medium to large businesses that require extensive reporting on their budget, KPIs and cash flow.

Why did the app go from CrunchBoards to Futrli?

For those who are more familiar with this app when it was known as CrunchBoards, it might be worth explaining why the app underwent a rebranding and overhaul.
Futrli’s co-founder, Amy Harris, has stated that the company wanted to focus more on accountant-delivered advisory services. Futrli didn’t want to be known as just another “number-crunching” app. Rather, they wanted to provide a customisable experience for each accounting firm and their clients.

What data can be exported from the Futrli app?

Through the use of Futrli, businesses can receive KPIs, both in the financial and non-financial sense, as well as data from various date periods, whether transactional or cumulative. One aspect of Futrli that makes it so popular with businesses is the ability to receive 3-way forecasts across a 10-year period.
Not only that, but the app can also provide you with multiple “what if” scenarios for various different circumstances. For example, say you knew that you needed to reinvest some money elsewhere, you’d be able to receive a forecast for this particular scenario which would give you an idea of how this would play out for you and your business financially.

How Futrli works alongside other accounting apps

Here at Kirkwood Wilson, we are big advocates of digital accounting and work with several accounting apps, such as Xero and Receipt Bank. This is to ensure our clients receive the best services and can access their financial information with ease.
Futrli can be easily integrated with other accounting software, such as Xero. Through this integration, financial data can be automatically updated, which means that users no longer need to manually enter the data themselves.
This integration is ever-more effective as forecasting can come directly from the previous year’s financial data, providing more of an accurate forecast.

Kirkwood Wilson and Futrli

With many users of Futrli labelling this app as a “clever” and “innovative” way to visualise your money flow, we just had to get in on the accounting action – so to speak!
We believe that accounting should be made easy for our clients. We always want to ensure that our clients receive the best services possible, which means we are always on the lookout for new and exciting apps to make these processes easier.
If you want some advice or help with your accounts, then get in touch with us today. We are always happy to help!

5 things Kirkwood Wilson can do to support you during testing times

5 things Kirkwood Wilson can do to support you during testing times

In your personal life, having someone around that you can confide in and talk to during difficult times is incredibly important. You might have not thought about it before but this is similar in regards to businesses. When you’re undergoing testing times with your finances and business processes, having a support base, like your accountants, on hand to listen and advise can provide great peace of mind and some relief from some of your stresses. Read on to hear how, at Kirkwood Wilson, our accountants are always on hand to support you during the difficult times and the good.

How a certified accountant can support you in testing times

Over the past few months, the Covid-19 pandemic hit businesses in unimaginable ways. With many businesses being forced shut, with no cash flow, it has been a crucial period of time for accountants to support their clients.

Here at Kirkwood Wilson, Accountants in Ormskirk, we specialise in digital accounting and during the Covid pandemic, with many forced to work remotely, we have supported each and every one of our clients.

Here are our top reasons how certified accountants, specifically Kirkwood Wilson Accountants, can support you during testing times:

  1. Help you to understand governmental business support packages
  2. Bring you up-to-date with digital accounting software
  3. Advice on cash flow management
  4. Point you in the right direction for gaining finance
  5. Support you by having a general chat and listening to your worries.

1. Help you understand governmental business support packages

It has recently been announced that GDP tumbled 20.4% in April to June 2020, with the UK now in a recession. To limit the burden on the economy during Covid-19, the UK government put in place a number of business support measures, such as; the job retention scheme, deferral of VAT payments, and more.

During testing times like the Coronavirus pandemic, as a business owner or manager trying to keep on track with the schemes, managing workload, and trying to maintain business, is rather a handful. So here at Kirkwood Wilson Accountants in Ormskirk, we’ve been helping our clients every step of the way advising on financial steps to take.

2. Bringing you up-to-date with digital accounting software

If you didn’t already know, Kirkwood Wilson Accountants specialises in digital accounting. As digitising your business is now more important than ever, Kirkwood Wilson are on hand to help streamline your bookkeeping processes and get stuck right into the world of digital.

3. Advice on cash flow management

Keeping the cash ticking in has been one of the biggest worries for businesses over the past few months. As business survival is the top priority for most and ultimately cash flow being king, at Kirkwood Wilson, we’ve been supporting our clients as much as possible to feel more in-control of their finances. Whether that is cash flow forecasting or advice on possible finance options, we’ve been on hand to help with any worries!

4. Point you in the right direction for gaining finance

By applying for R&D tax credits, grants and other finance offerings, this could be crucial to survival. Here at Kirkwood Wilson, we are up-to-date and always aware of best practice and ways you can claim back. We are more than happy to talk you through anything!

5. Support you by having a general chat and listen to your worries

Having accountants you can trust, and are there for you on a rainy day, can provide you with security and peace of mind. The team at Kirkwood Wilson are here to listen to any and every worry you might have and offer you advice to point you in the right direction.

Get in-touch today via our contact form or on 01704 546 000 if you require a local accountants in Ormskirk to help your business during these testing times.

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Why staying close to your accountant matters now more than ever

Having a supportive accountant on hand to listen to any of your worries goes a long way. Most importantly, since all of our lives have turned upside down in the last few months with the impact of Covid-19, knowing you have the support and guidance of your accountant on hand is really important. Read on to find out why we, at Kirkwood Accountants, believe having a personal relationship with your accountant is so important.

Importance of having a supportive, personal accountant

As ultimately, the job of a personal accountant is to ensure you have accurate financial statements and receive advice on methods to save money and increase revenue. Having a close relationship with your accountant will help relieve any financial worries or stresses you may have.

As businesses from a wide variety of industries have seen significant impacts to normal operations, accountants like us at Kirkwood Wilson have been able to work very closely with our clients during these unprecedented times.

With government schemes, like the furlough scheme, business rates relief and VAT payments deferral scheme, having a local, personal accountant that you have a close relationship with gives you that ease-of-mind that you’re doing everything by the book whilst getting the most return.

At Kirkwood Wilson, an accountants based in the North-West, we have maintained very close relationships with our clients during the past few months and look in immense detail at everything that has happened.

Reasons why you should stay close to your accountant

During the coronavirus pandemic, we made sure we kept in touch with our clients and we strongly believe that this close relationship benefited them in many ways:

  1. We had a firm pulse on government schemes and announcements, meaning we were able to advise accordingly and accurately
  2. We are always on hand to help people and businesses to make positive decisions
  3. We are always available to listen to any concerns and provide financial advice.

1. Firm pulse on government schemes and announcements

With an unprecedented array of government schemes and business announcements being introduced, it is difficult to know which scheme applies to your business and which does not. With the Bounce Back Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Business Interruption loan scheme both applying to different business types, it can be difficult to know which one is best for your circumstances.

Our team of accountants understand you and your businesses situation and can effectively do the hard work for you. By having a close/personal relationship with your accountant, we’ll always try and do as much as we can to support you during these uncertain times.

2. Support you to make positive decisions

Having a personal relationship with your accountant enables you both to work efficiently together and talk through the next steps your business needs to take. Choosing a local accountant, who gets to know your business and industry well, can be so much more than just managing your books.

3. Always on-hand to listen to any concerns

Finally, having a close relationship to your accountant will only become more and more important over the coming months. With talks about a second wave and other concerns, talking with your accountant can help provide you with ease of mind and come up with a plan and forecast for future action.

Personal accounting specialists – Kirkwood Wilson

At Kirkwood Wilson Accountants, we aren’t just your local accountants, but are here to support you every step of the way through these unprecedented times.

If you fancy a chat or to understand more about how we forge close relationships with clients, contact us today.