Small business accountancy
You have unique challenges in your business. You need an accountancy service that understands those challenges.
We help you achieve financial clarity and peace of mind, so you can focus on what’s important.
Helping small and medium businesses with:
Year end accounts
Business and personal or self assessment tax returns
We’re Xero Advisor Certified, meaning we’re trained in helping to set you up with the online accounting software, Xero. If you’re concerned about Making Tax Digital, we can help you ensure you meet the requirements.
When you work with us, Alex is your main point of contact, and you’ll hear from him regularly, not just when there are accounts and tax returns to submit. This frequent contact is one of the key ways we help our clients to keep everything on track.
“When your books are in a mess”
One of my first clients owned two pubs in the local area. A family member had been doing their books… though it turned out he hadn’t been doing them at all, and everything was in a real mess.
By the time the two owners realised how bad things were, they’d racked up a £10,000+ fine with HMRC. They came to me and we gradually unpicked everything. New problems kept coming out of the woodwork as we went along, and there were tax returns, VAT returns and payroll matters all outstanding.
I helped them get everything back on track – bringing three years worth of accounts up to date – and making sure that everything now runs like clockwork.
And after multiple calls to HMRC, I managed to get their fines reduced to just £1,000, saving them more than £9,000.
How to choose your accountant
It should be easy to find an accountant – there are thousands of them in the UK. But it’s not always easy to find the right accountant for your business. Here are some things to consider:
Are they experienced at working with businesses like yours?
Are they registered with one of the main professional bodies?
Are they local to you? It’s not essential, but if being able to meet your accountant in person is important to you, then it makes sense to choose one based in your area.
Have they been recommended to you by someone you trust, or do they have several positive testimonials or reviews?
Do they offer bookkeeping as well as accountancy services?
Can they handle payroll for you now and as your team grows?
Do they use online software? Can they help you migrate from spreadsheets to Xero, or another similar application, and can they train you to use the software if needed?
Are they dedicated to saving you time and money?
Are their fees reasonable?
Will they check your company is set up in the right way, with the right directors in place?
Are they able to be strategic? Are they proactive about giving you advice?
Will they help you to grow your company, assuming that’s a priority for you?
Do you like and trust them? What’s your gut feeling about them?
This final point is key, and it’s why we always arrange an initial in-person meeting before we start working with a new client.
“Complete peace of mind”
“AJS Accounting Services came on board in March 2017 and have quickly brought us up to date in all our accounting matters. Alex got to know our business and was able to provide recommendations on best accounting practice, as well as business advice, being a former Finance Director.
We now have complete peace of mind that our accounting needs are being looked after by Alex and his team.
We would not hesitate in recommending AJS Accounting Services to any other business and have done so over the past 8 months.
Thank you Alex for all the help and guidance.”
David Halliday, Partner - Wholeserv Ltd
If you’d like to see if we’re the right accountancy service for you, contact us or fill in the contact form.