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Why grow your business?

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Tell me if you agree or disagree with my answer, I’d love to know your thoughts. A good friend of mine asked me the other day “Why are people so obsessed with growing their business to make huge and increasing profits year after year, why not just earn enough to live on?” Is it Greed? It’s actually a fair question isn’t it? There are businesses out there generating millions in profits – do they really need all of that money? On the other hand, there are many people who have their own small boutique business and they’re happy that itRead More

New Year’s resolutions? – do it right.

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So many people set New Year’s Resolutions but fail to maintain their new way of life for more than a few weeks on average. Why? Well, too many people strive for big change in a short space of time.  In my book – What’s Next for Accountants I share in detail why that’s not a great strategy.  In short though, it’s too much. People don’t like change and can’t maintain a big change for very long. This is why fad diets don’t work.  It’s hell!  It’s just too much change in one go. It’s a big shock to the system.Read More

Interview with Tim Davies – John Davies and Co

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Hi there, I’m Shane Lukas, and I’m the Managing Director of AVN. The AVN team are excited to announce the release of our new book The Business Owner’s Guide to the UK’s Best Accountancy Practices which is free to download here: https://unbouncepages.com/business-owners-guide-claim-free-book/. Our book has been designed to help businesses find accountants who go the extra mile to help improve the success of the company and make the business more enjoyable to run. I recently spoke to Tim Davies, the Managing Director of Wrexham based accountancy firm John Davies & Co. John Davies & Co are one of the accountancyRead More

The Business Owner’s Guide to the UK’s Best Accountancy Practices – Rennie Evans Interview

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Hi, I’m Shane Lukas, the Managing Director of AVN and in conjunction with the release of our new book The Business Owner’s Guide to the UK’s Best Accountancy Practices, I have been interviewing some of the UK’s best accountants. These interviews have helped me to gain further insight into what makes their practices so different and why they deserved their place in the book.I recently interviewed Rennie Evans, who is the Managing Director of the Manchester based firm, Prospero Accounting Ltd to find out how his business goes the extra mile for their clients, by helping businesses to become moreRead More

AVN Accountant, Murray Associates, Helps Small Business See Astonishing Growth By Increasing Turnover By £250,000 In Just Seven Months

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Glasgow based accountancy practice, Murray Associates has seen extraordinary success for their clients through their innovative mentoring group. The mentoring group helps small business to fast-track their business growth and has been noticeably successful with one client seeing astonishing results: an increase of £250,000 in turnover in just seven months. This story is just one of the many reasons why Murray Associates feature in AVN’s book; The Business Owner’s Guide To The UK’s Best Accountancy Practices. Standing Out From The Crowd In a recent interview with Gloria Murray, the founder of Murray Associates, I found out more about the incredibleRead More

Goddards Accountants Prove That Cloud-Based Real Time Accounts Can Save Your Business From Imminent Cash Flow Crisis

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In a recent interview I conducted with Derek Williamson for Goddards Accountants; I discovered how their accountancy practice utilises innovative cloud-based software to deliver a better service for their clients and how in some cases, they have helped to save businesses from immediate and severe problems, such as a cash flow crisis. Using The Cloud To Future-Proof Your Business Goddards Accountants are advocates of leading innovative cloud-based software that helps their accountants and their clients in the here and now as well as future-proofing their business. Derek believes there is no point telling their customers what has happened and when,Read More

How Artisan Accounts Help Creative Businesses To Shine

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Artisan Accounts are one of the accountancy practices that have been selected to feature in the book The Business Owner’s Guide to the UK’s Best Accountancy Practices. A book written by AVN, the association for forward thinking accountants, is designed to help business owners find an accountant that will go the extra mile for their business and help them in ways that traditional accountants simply won’t. To find out more about why Artisan Accounts were selected to be featured in the book, I interviewed Alex Redmond, the Director of Artisan Accounts. Alex and his team enjoy working with creative businesses,Read More

Accountants, be liberated as artists

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We know that technology is automating compliance accounts production at an ever increasing rate.   Does that mean that accountants are automatically going to go out of business? No.   This is simply a time to repurpose those skills with numbers.   Let’s take a look at a very different industry at a very different time.   Until the 19th century if you were an artist, you were in very high demand.   The only way you could preserve an image of your baby, children, family, grandma was by commissioning an artist to paint or draw a picture for you.  Read More

Why do we enter awards?

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As a company we encourage our members to enter awards and as company we practice what we preach! So AVN entered the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards UK. We encourage our members to enter awards because its a great opportunity to reflect on what you have done. We are often too involved in the day to day dealings of our business to appreciate the efforts our teams put in everyday and the impact we can have on our clients. A reflection of 20 years As part of the process we got to apply and recognise not only what we haveRead More

Benchmarking Your Accountancy Clients

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I recently had a conversation with an Accountancy Practice about our benchmarking software (no this is not a sales pitch!). Whilst the software is intuitive, easy to use, gives great visual reports and highlights the areas you can really add value that your clients appreciate, this is just obvious value… the real value comes from what it enables. Conversations It enables conversation, easy subjects to start with. But by using your skills of observation, listening and sometimes asking the damn stupid questions, you connect with your client. If you are really good you find the answers to questions you haveRead More

 

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