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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

Awards – Why Bother?

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I was asked recently why we win awards and the simple answer was because we enter them. So if you’re sitting on the sidelines here are 3 very good promotional reasons to make 2018 the year you enter awards and a there is a bonus 4th… Reason 1: Media Proof Industry awards allow you to be acknowledged by your industry. It’s important to raise your profile and awards allow you to do this in a few ways with the media from: Press Releases with the possibility to be published or broadcast and get a wider reach with their readership, listenersRead More

HMRC to issue 400,000 auto-completed tax returns!

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Why does such a statement fill me with dread? While I can see the appeal for HMRC to gather data from different sources to validate it and make the life of the taxpayer easier, there are three things I am sure of: There will be an unacceptable number that are incorrect, inaccurate or just completely wrong returns. Taxpayers will be confused and unsure- or worse, still convinced HMRC must be right. Accountants and business advisors will be left trying to pick up the pieces for their clients who will not want to pay for this work. So where do youRead More

How to Prioritise Systemising your Business Part 2

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There are many different ways to prioritise the systemisation of your business, and today I’m going to talk about my second suggested way of tackling this enormous task. In a previous article, I talked about using a graph to work out which of the tasks you do could you write a system for quickly, that could save you time each and every week, and then starting with those ‘quick wins’ The second method I want to look at is starting with those systems in your business (whether done by you or not) that are ‘customer facing’ systems. Michael Gerber, AuthorRead More

 

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