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Oakes Accounting/Oakes Online Bookkeeping

Merseyside

‘19 Certificate of Excellence

Each individual business is different in so many varying ways, but as Oakes Accounting are accounting and bookkeeping specialists for small businesses we can tailor make our service to meet your own requirements or needs. Whether you keep manual records, record your information on spreadsheets or operate a computerised financial package we can help you. As an additional service we can offer our personalised local pickup of all your paper work, which is an advantage if you are working long and tiring hours. Whether your accounts are stored in a cardboard box or listed accurately we can help you. Alternatively, if time is your enemy Oakes Accounting can provide you with self-addressed envelopes for the regular return of your paperwork to us. Furthermore, we can also offer a virtual service conducted by e-mail and/or telephone. You can decide which is the easiest method to suit you and your business, and then you can sit back and let us do the rest. Should you wish us to provide a bookkeeping only service we can also work with your Accountant at month / year end. We would be happy to discuss with you either on the telephone or in person a package of services to fulfil your every need. Communication is of paramount importance to us to ensure that we are meeting your satisfaction at all times.

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Why is it so important for businesses to hire a great accountant?

Every business, big or small, needs to hire an accountant to protect the financial integrity of the organisation. Many business owners think that with the assistance of handy software, they can personally handle the accounting, and truth be told, that is the biggest mistake a business owner can make.

When business owners decide not to hire an accountant they are usually motivated by the savings they think they will achieve, but fact of the matter is a good accountant can be one of the most worthwhile investments made in the business, and in the end can actually end up saving the company money.

Hiring the right accountant can be a valuable asset to your business, no matter how small, and can provide many benefits at various stages of growth.

What do you love most about your job?

I enjoy meeting people and getting to understand each individual business, as they are all so different in varying ways. It is very rewarding when you play a big part in a business which starts to grow and thrive under your direction.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Chris was brought up in an accountancy environment as his Father was a Senior Partner in Guild Appleton & Co Chartered Accountants in Liverpool, specialising in small businesses. As a young man Chris worked in the school holidays for his Father. This introduction started his initial interest in accountancy, and it soon became clear to him what an important role Accountants play in order for a business to be successful.

Why should our clients choose you?

I have a vast amount of experience of small businesses, having worked for a few restaurant chains, service and repair business, KPMG and Price Waterhouse Coopers. All of the above experience has resulted in a unique wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the finance field, and in many varying business types. I can use my talents and easily adapt my skills to either the setting up of a new business, or be instrumental in the smooth running of an existing business.

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Your expert Accountant will be able to advise you on the full range of services available and will be able to help you select the best financial services for your company. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Use Bark to get free quotes and find an accountant today.

The title 'Chartered Accountant' and the letters ACA or FCA, indicates that the person has undertaken a minimum of three years in-depth training, passed a series of examinations in financial management, auditing, business strategy and taxation as well as committing to continuing professional development.

As opposed to specialising in tax returns, a Chartered Accountant instead will focus on providing accurate records of all financial transactions for an individual or business. Consequently, this type of accountant is more likely to be found employed in a more commercial capacity.

Hiring the right Accountant for your business may take a bit of time. Who you choose to look after your accounts is vital, especially if you have plans to expand as you will need to look for someone who will get more involved in the financial side of things the bigger your company gets.

  • Research - Start with the company’s website and look at the accounting services they offer with an eye on what you might need in the future. If you choose an accountancy firm that doesn’t have the expertise to help you as your business expands, you will end up needing to finding another accountant.

  • Create a shortlist - Create a shortlist of three or four firms you
    think are a good fit and arrange face-to-face meetings with all of
    them. In addition to the fees, you need to find out about the
    services they provide, as well as their customer services.

  • Fees - Some Accountants charge by the hour while others operate on a fixed-fee basis. You need to be clear before selecting an Accountant for your business on how their fees are calculated.

  • Qualifications - It is important to ask questions about the
    qualifications and experience of the people who would be dealing with your accounts. You need to know that you could work with them, trust that they are on your side and are continually looking for ways of
    adding financial value to your company.

  • Accounting software - You will want to check that any systems you use are familiar to the accounting firm. Your current method of financial reporting may not be the most effective one for your business and they may recommend systems that can do it better.

  • Financial jargon - If you are not an expert on finance, your Accountant needs to understand this and be able to communicate with you in a clear and concise manner.

You can be confident that any of the Accountants listed on Bark will be a safe pair of hands for your finances.

Before you choose an Accountant, you could ask to see examples of their work, read testimonials and ask to see references of past work they have done.

The AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification is the minimum level of qualification required for most kinds of accountancy. To become a chartered accountant, you need to obtain higher level qualifications such as the ACA, ACCA or CIMA, which will allow you to become a chartered accountant.

You could also look at their profile page on Bark and view reviews from past customers as well as examples of work that they have completed. This might also help you get some ideas for the types of services you need.

Accountants offer a range of different services. These include:

  • Accounting - All accountancy firms produce financial records, track your revenues and expenses and provide consulting on your business's overall financial health.

  • Auditing - Many businesses require a periodic audit of their finances which may be a requirement of your investors or written into the bylaws of your incorporation.

  • Tax Filing and Planning - Many accounting firms can ensure your financial reporting practices are compliant with current regulations, determine your company's tax liability and make sure you meet filing requirements and deadlines.

  • Management Consulting - Many accounting firms offer business advisory services to help you with your business plan, evaluate your current operations, identify new opportunities, alert you to changes in the business or regulatory environment and offer practical advice to help your business be more efficient and successful.

  • Speciality Services - Some offer services such as business valuation which helps determine what your business is worth should you be considering a merger, acquisition or sale. Some firms can offer fraud and forensic accounting services.

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4.91/5.00

based on 167 reviews

The average rating for Bark Accountants in Liverpool is 4.91, based on 167 reviews.

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