SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE WEEK: MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SYSTEMS

It’s Small Business Advice Week and at Pure Contribution, helping small to medium sized businesses is what we do.

It has been revealed that almost half of SME (small to medium enterprise) owners feel their business is not running as efficiently as it can.

A survey, carried out by BSI (British Standards Institution), targeted 250 SMEs throughout the UK, and it revealed that a soaring quarter of respondents believed there was room for improvement within their business.

Mark Goldstone of BSI commented: “It’s vital that businesses have the necessary knowledge to be more efficient in their business to ensure customer satisfaction, improve employee engagement and to enable access to new markets.

We couldn’t agree more. 

The back bone to your business is, of course, (like ours) your clients. Keeping them satisfied is a goal we know you want to meet, but if you ever feel that in place of maintaining that, brain storming and actually making money, you are sat at your desk working your way through what seems like a mountain of accounting paperwork, then we have the perfect solution for you.

Intuit’s QuickBooks Online small business accounting software is what you need. At Pure Contribution we utilise this software wherever possible, it helps us provide financial clarity and control to our owner managed business clients. Not only is the software inexpensive, it’s number one in cloud accounting, you can get started in minutes and it is available to you anywhere, anytime.

We are QuickBooks Online Certified ProAdvisors, which means we know the product and can offer training to help you focus on getting your business off the ground, and by that we mean move your feet from under your desk and working on your business more. 

In addition, our principal, Lee Perriam, is an experienced Chartered Accountant and also a QuickBooks Certified Trainer and runs certification courses on behalf of Intuit as well as customised training courses for clients and the public.

We offer generic and bespoke training to clients and non-clients either from our offices in Sandwich or optionally off site.

Businesses across the UK have been posting their top tips in aid of Small Business Advice Week, such as Anna Stone, the leasing director of our very own office provider – Discovery Park in Sandwich!

She said: “Word of mouth can be the best PR for your business. If potential customers have you front-of-mind as the go-to business for your particular service, you’re well on your way to staying the distance. Think how you can work with others to get results. Shared ideas lead to better products and services.”

Our top tip: Know your key business financials.

If you don’t know where you are, how do you know if you are succeeding or whether your business is on the right road to where you want to get?

Are you a small business owner and you feel there is something holding your business back? Need a hand?

We are available over the phone (01304 880 610) and via email (info@purecontribution.com), our experienced, passionate and fast growing team are here to help.

Pure Contribution is expanding its social media, so if you want to know the latest, please click any of the links below and they will take you to our new pages. There is more to come. Thank you.

Until next time.

ALL YOU NEED IN ONE PLACE…

Monitoring your expenses..

Do you find yourself drowning in spreadsheets trying tirelessly to track your expenses? Do you raise invoices to your customers on a Word document or Excel spreadsheet? Do you have a clue how your business is performing?

We’re guessing you didn’t work this hard starting your business because you wanted to do paperwork day in, day out, and we’ve all heard the saying ‘nothing worth having comes easy’, well now it does.

Intuit’s QuickBooks is the answer. It is the simple way to monitor your sales and profitability, pay your staff, set up payroll, get paid faster and all in a few clicks.

We, at Pure Contribution, are Certified QuickBook Pro Advisors, as well as a QuickBooks Platinum Partner, which we were very happy to announce in March.

We are passionate about QuickBooks and utilise this cloud-based product wherever possible to help provide financial clarity to our clients, and that is what makes us different, we engage with our clients and we’re with them every step of the way.

Award-winning QuickBooks allows you to access data anywhere, any time, but you don’t have to take take our word for it. QuickBooks is the most popular small business accounting software worldwide. Need we say more?

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01304 806080.

Keeping track of your financial records…

QuickBooks is just one of the services we offer, it’s like we said, we’re here for every step.

From credit control to tax services, we’re here to help you get your business off the ground or to help you progress from where you are at the moment.

Book-keeping, for example, the time consuming process of keeping track of your financial records and probably the last thing you want to be worrying about. We can take that load off so you can spend your valuable time to focus on actually making money, instead of tracking where every penny goes. 

Our book-keeping services can be tailored to the requirements of our clients but can typically be categorised into the following approaches:

Bronze (a periodic once over) – if you already have bookkeeping arrangements in place we will happily work alongside and keep a watchful eye over your accounts. We work with all small business accounting solutions. 

Silver (an outsourced service) – simply post, scan or email your records to us along with your bank statements and we will enter all the transactions, maintain all necessary reconciliations and prepare periodic financial information for you.

Gold (comprehensive service) – all the benefits of our silver service but we provide you with access to your records via the cloud so you can raise your own professional invoices/statements and purchase orders and check on the performance of your business at the click of a button. We also attach the images of all of your supplier invoices/receipts to your records so you can see at an instant what any given cost relates to. We provide this service using award winning cloud-based QuickBooks Online software within our monthly fee.

Without bombarding you with information, let us finish (accidentally on purpose) with tax.

No one wants to pay tax, we know, but it is – unfortunately –  inevitable. Please know that we can take the weight off when it comes to worrying about tax, from returns to deadlines.

We can ensure you are not paying more tax than you should be. As well as making sure you are not only compliant with HMRC rules but are also taking advantage of any tax/relief benefits that may apply.

When it comes to tax we can help with:

We are also on hand to assist you with:

…and much more.

Our staff are experienced, professional and ready to hear from you.

Please view our website here, or simply email info@purecontribution.com.

Until next time.