Accounting firms are increasingly becoming automated systems devoid of human appeal. For this reason, getting personalized and trustworthy accounting services is becoming more and more difficult by the day. However, using a local accounting service can help solve some of the problems associated with automated accounting services that are being offered by big accounting firms. If you are a business person, the advantages of using a local accounting service are quite many, and include the following:
By opting to use the services of a local accounting firm, you will be saving a lot of your time because the firm’s offices are located within a short distance from your business premises and you can speak to them face to face any time , if need be. In addition, should any accounting emergency arise, it is possible to visit the accountant and sort the matter out within a short period of time. You don’t have to rely on the telephone to explain your problem, and in addition, you may be required to visit the accountant’s office which may be far away from your business location. This could cost you a lot of your time.
Smaller accounting firms are known to offer more competitive rates for their services so that they can compete with larger accounting firms. Essentially, choosing a smaller local accounting firm for your business can help keep costs down.
Smaller accounting firms are associated with the ability to create personal relationships with their clients. This is because you are dealing a specific individual within the firm, meaning that you can easily form a personal relationship with him or her.
As a matter of fact, trusting you finances and other business-related information to strangers can be quite risky. Dealing with a local accountant is a better option when it comes to trust issues. A local accounting firm is well known within the community and because of this, you can know exactly know what to expect from the firm through recommendations and referrals from local business people. In this way, you can get a trustworthy firm of accountants.
-Local Accountants are More Approachable
The ability to approach your accountant and establishing a friendly working relationship is very important. It is very essential to get along smoothly with your accountant because you can enjoy better services. In addition, a smaller local accounting service is more likely to work harder in order to keep a client when compared to a large accounting firm. This is because the effect of losing a single client may have a large impact on the business in case of a local accounting service. For this reason, a local accounting services will always try its best to offer better service to its clients.
For smaller businesses, the services of a local accounting service are more ideal when compared to the services offered by larger accounting firms. This is because local accounting services are more approachable and conveniently located. They also offer more personalized services and are also more trustworthy.
90% of our work is done for small businesses
If you look at our Work, you will notice, that 90% of our design projects are specifically tailored to small businesses and their websites. The combined experience of our team is the perfect blend of programming / design / user interface design (UI) and usability which attracts new clients on a constant basis!
Our clients are normally family-run businesses or small teams, start-ups, development teams, coaches, trainers, beauty salons, e-commerce sites – the kinds that don’t have a large budget to start with, but still need great, attractive design to help them grow at a steady pace and attract new customers.
Can you afford a small business website design and how much would it cost?
It doesn’t matter if you’re big or small – we don’t charge based on your purchasing abilities, but rather based on the requirements for design / functionality you might have.
For example: your small business needs just a few presentational pages with a few images and a contact form – obviously that is going to be really cheap, compared to a whole social network built from scratch, right? And you are most probably in the small business category. Just ask us for a free quote – we’ll do our best to give you a fair, competitive price! Also, if any of our competitors offers similar quality and a similar offer for the same functionality, but with a lower price – we’re ready to match it, just to have you as our client!
Are you a start-up?
We treat start-ups with special care and will give you a significant discount off our service if you contact us and share your business idea! Of course, you will need to comply to the definition of a start-up to apply for the discount. In any way, you should give it a shot! We have helped lots of starting businesses get off the ground – and we can help you with lots of things besides the design – SEO, marketing, etc – so don’t be shy and shoot us a message!
- Our Small Business Website Design Package includes:
- Website address (domain name)
- One years high-performance web hosting
- Custom website design
- UNLIMITED number of web pages!
- A contact form with spam protection
- Five e-mail addresses
- Basic SEO
- Submission of your website to Google
- Free updates for one month
- All our websites include a CMS! (a Content Management System)
- Prices start at £330!
Raising capital for a business might look easy at times, but it’s not. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, and it certainly is exciting. As an established business owner, you already have a leg up on the competition. You’re not a startup, as you’re looking to achieve growth for your business. Getting the capital to do so, however, can be a little tricky as mentioned. It’s in your approach, your strategies, your determination and of course your business model and plan.
The growth you have planned for your business has to make financial sense. It could be that you have an outstanding idea in some ways, but it has to be the right time and the right thing for your company. It can actually help to get insight from other investors to see what they think. What they say could help solidify your plan to move forward, or you could start rethinking things before you even begin to court other investors.
Your business goals are going to need to be very clear. Check yourself, and if you see problems, you can be rest assured that potential investors are also going to have some issues. Iron out all those kinks before you decide to move forward courting investors for capital. Do you know yet how much you’re going to ask for? You might need a grand total of a certain amount, but you can also pitch other amounts to individual investors to make them more comfortable.
Of course, you want to be honest about your plan and the cumulative amount you need to move forward with your plan. As you came up with the dollar amount you need, you certainly planned out where the money is going. However, you need to have done so meticulously when talking with investors. You need to know how you plan to allocate every penny, and it needs to be made clear.
Throughout the entire process, you might want a broker, adviser and a legal team. These are just some things to think about. There are different stages when it comes to the process for raising that capital to grow your business. You want to be prepared every step of the way.
You’re going to have to think about presentation, and you’re going to have to be prepared to deal with feedback from investors. What are the terms going to be if they do decide to help you out? You’re going to have to make a decision based on what you hear, and it would be nice if you hear from First Avenue Partners Placement Agent investors about the growth potential for your company.
Startups Awards launched
The first ever Startups Awards has launched with the aim to find, celebrate and reward the best business startups.
The awards recognise achievement across 13 different categories, from ‘Retailer of the Year’ to ‘Micro Business of the Year’ through to the ‘Silver Fox Award’. There’s a category to suit every blossoming entrepreneur and their business.
The winners of each award will then compete to be named the Startups Awards Business the Year, collecting a £5,000 prize at the grand final lunch to be held at a top London hotel in October.
The Startups Awards has been launched by Crimson Publishing which already publishes Startups.co.uk, the UK’s largest website for people starting and running their own business.
Patricia Hewitt, secretary of state for the Department of Trade and Industry, welcomed the launch of the awards by urging small business owners to enter.
“We have some fabulous success stories in this country, of startups creating jobs, making new and exciting products and driving our economy. But too often we don’t celebrate the success of our best entrepreneurs as much as we should, which is why awards like these are so important.
“I wish all entrants the very best of luck both with the awards and with growing their businesses,” she said.
To be eligible to enter, businesses must have been trading for less than three years and employ less than 60 people.
Skilled staff available at subsidised rates
London businesses can take advantage of the national STEP initiative, and take on a high-calibre undergraduate this summer to bring fresh ideas and skills to their business.
The Shell Technology Enterprise Programme (STEP) scheme runs all year round with the most common placement being eight weeks over July and August. In London the programme is delivered by Business Link for London.
STEP students can bring real benefits to the businesses that they are placed in – they frequently bring a mix of skills that their host employers do not have, as well as a fresh perspective and a desire to succeed.
STEP students are paid £175 per week, which already represents exceptional value for employers, who also have the additional bonus of not having to make National Insurance or PAYE contributions.
Shape the future of training in London
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is holding a forum – ‘Meeting the skills needs of small businesses’ – at Westminster Kingsway College in SW1 from 5pm to 7.30pm.
The LSC is responsible for ensuring that the skills of the people living in London meet the skills needs of business. They are looking for small businesses who have an interest in training and development to contribute to an energetic forum, where participants design the agenda, lead on the areas for discussion and then select what they consider to be the main priorities for LSC policy.
This is a chance for small businesses to shape short and long-term plans on how training and education for people living London will be provided and delivered in the future.
The guest speaker is Henry Stewart, the founder and Chief Executive of Happy (previously known as Happy Computers), a training company based in London. Although only employing 40 people, Happy has gained wide recognition for its innovative approach to management and to customer service.
The event will also provide excellent networking opportunities with like-minded business owners, and refreshments will be provided.