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Longwood Business Support Services Ltd

We are a team of experienced professionals with over 70 years experience between us. We have backgrounds in Accounting, HR, Business Administration, Quality Systems and Data Management. We are a friendly and approachable team with an honest and open approach to everything we do. We love helping starts ups and small businesses. Nicola Grobety is ACCA Part Qualified and is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor but also has experience using Freeagent, Sage and other accounting systems. Nicola is an experienced accountant with over 20 years accounting experience, both in industry and major practice. With a real passion for Business and Finance and a flexible approach, she has spent the last 4 years supporting Micro, Small and Medium size business to grow by providing Accounting, Marketing, HR, and Quality System Support. Sally is an accomplished HR/Recruitment professional with an exceptionally broadened skill set. Having worked in Talent Acquisition for Virgin Atlantic for the last 13 years, she brings a wealth of experience in managing the end to end recruitment process, working in partnership with business leaders to define and deliver external talent and internal moves that aligns to the overall business strategy. Commercially and People focussed, she can provide added value experience of HR generalism and managing restructure projects and change management initiatives. Nick is a driven, action-oriented professional with a wealth of diverse experience spanning across Business Support, Business Transformation and Finance. He has worked across multiple sectors with particular focus on leading marketing campaigns, managing contracts, data reconciliation and budgeting/forecasting. With a BA (Hons) in Business Studies with Finance. Bev is our Business Support Consultant at Longwood, bringing varied experience from a broad range of industry sectors. Amongst her many skills are her proven ability in Quickbooks Online Accounting and internal audit for quality systems. Conscientious and hardworking, Bev endeavours to deliver lasting and meaningful results to all of her customers and colleagues, always with a smile on her face!

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What kind of accounting services do you provide?

We provide everything from bookkeeping to statutory accounts. We can prepare customised monthly reports to help you understand how your business is performing. From a basic profit & loss account to more detailed profit and loss reports showing profit by customer or project (or however you like to understand your figures). We can assist with Payroll, VAT, Accounts Receivable and Payable, providing updates on who owes you money and who you owe money to. We can deal with employee expenses

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

It's so important to keep on top of your numbers. Not only will you know if you can pay yourself and your employees but you can also use the information to make decisions about the future. Can you invest in that new equipment that will help make your job easier or your services more competitive. Can you afford that professional membership which can take your business to the next level? Can you take on an apprentice?

Also, for a lot of business owners, a major worry is that you are not compliant with HMRC (VAT and Taxes). Have you sent your returns on time? Are they correct?

We believe that we can support you to not only be on top of your old accounting entries but we can help you look forward too.

What do you love most about your job?

We love working with start ups and small businesses. We have all worked in small and large corporate companies and find small business exciting. A week in a small business is like a month or more in a large business. We think that business owners should feel in control and fully understand their finances and with our non -jargon approach it's very rewarding to know that you have helped someone with their business.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Having been involved with setting up a number of small businesses, we understand the journey and challenges that come with it. With small and medium size contributing so much to the UK economy we know how important these businesses are and really want to see them succeed.

We love to support too so helping businesses with their systems, processes, accounting, HR and admin is what we do best.

Why should our clients choose you?

We are experienced with over 70 years of experience between us. We are approachable and use tools which mean we can help you get on top of your accounting requirements easily and understandably.

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

We can provide services remotely. We can use Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Team to have meetings and use cloud accounting software, scanning tools and e-sign documents which means everything we do is visible to you.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

We can provide services remotely. We can use Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Team to have meetings and use cloud accounting software, scanning tools and e-sign documents which means everything we do is visible to you.

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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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