Approved by You – Online Accounting Success Stories
For Sally and Andy Alvis the personal touch is everything when it comes to running their businesses. The Farm Shop at Setley Ridge Vineyard in the New Forest, Hampshire, delights locals and tourists alike with its array of groceries and delicacies, as well as wine from the vineyard, while Mange-Tout Catering literally caters for the individual needs of a variety of functions and events.
But it was the personal touch that they were missing from their relationship with their previous accountants and what they were searching for when they were looking to change accountants and found Approved Accounting.
The personal touch
“Our previous accountants worked with us for around seven years, but following changes in the firm, we only saw them once for a meeting and had just a couple of calls with them, both with different people who were not familiar with our account or business, in two years” explains Sally Alvis, co-owner and manager of both businesses.
“They took a very long time to respond to a simple request and forever to complete a request,” she continues. “We really felt we had been left to our own devices and that our company’s identity had been lost with them.”
Although Approved Accounting only started working with them at the beginning of 2016, Sally and husband, co-owner and head chef Andy Alvis, already feel Approved Accounting director Jon Green understands their business.
“We feel that Approved Accounting know more about our business now than our previous accountant did in seven years’ of working with them,” says Sally. “Right from the first call with Jon we felt that Approved made our business better,” says Sally.
Peace of mind
Mange-Tout Catering and The Farm Shop were already using online accounting service Xero when they came to Approved Accounting, but they were not set up as well as they could have been. In that first conversation Jon gave the Alvises a tip on how to use Xero in a different way, which immediately saved the business a lot of time.
Approved Accounting now provides a full service package to Mange-Tout Catering and The Farm Shop, covering Xero support, VAT, accounting and tax advice, tax planning, commercial and business planning advice, and strategic planning. A change to their business structure has significantly reduced tax liabilities, new measures are in place to ensure tax efficiency and they now have someone to call on whenever they need it, and the confidence they will get the help they need promptly.
“Since starting work with Approved Accounting in January our 2015/16 accounts are already complete and we are now right up-to-date for the first time in a long time,” comments Sally. “The biggest difference has been the peace of mind we now feel we have. We know that nothing will be left unanswered, they always reply to a query the same day, often within the hour, and always deliver on what they promise. They go that extra mile all of the time, nothing is ever too much trouble for them.”
The right direction
Sally and Andy Alvis are now confident that their businesses are moving in the right direction with Approved Accounting.
“Our aim is to give all our clients the peace of mind they need that their accounts are in order and that they are running their businesses as efficiently as they can,” says Jon at Approved Accounting. “We look to take the hassle away from business owners, with no delays, no excuses and no stress.”
Email Jon now to discuss how Approved Accounting could give you the personal touch and peace of mind when it comes to all your accounting and bookkeeping needs.