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Cloud Accounting

Cloud Accounting
Let’s face it, most people see accounts as a necessary evil and they play little part in helping business owners make better decisions. However they are a necessity in order to comply with the law and tax authorities, so if we have to do them we may as well do them properly and in a way that adds benefit to the business.

We can make accounts a very important management tool that reports in real time the financial performance of your business. We do this via our cloud accounting solution where you can choose from a number of software solutions and support packages that best suit your business.
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Budget Press Release

Storm clouds revealed by the Budget will force taxpayers in Birmingham to work an extra 2 years without pay to balance the country’s books
 
Birmingham accountants James, Stanley & Co. Limited have today launched two free initiatives to prevent local taxpayers and businesses being drowned by the storm clouds identified in the small print of George Osborne’s Budget. Launching the initiatives James, Stanley & Co. Limited partner Andrew James said:
 
“Inevitably the likes of the sugar levy, school reforms, lifetime ISAs, business rates exemptions and flood defence spending promises will grab most of the headlines. But the real story today is not about the detailed announcements, which ranged from innovative and genuinely useful to window dressing and spin. It is not even about the prediction that there are storm clouds on the horizon.
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Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website!
 
On behalf of the team at James, Stanley & Co, we welcome you to our newly updated website. Please have a look around and let us know what you think.
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How do we get into debt?

How do we get into debt?

This week we held a Business Builder Forum on the subject of debt which many of us face in our business and personal lives. The Forum was enjoyed by all the delegates who gave us great feedback and I now share some of the most significant points in the blog.

 

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Pricing for Maximum Profit

Pricing for Maximum Profit

Pricing is the most important element in the profit equation – get your pricing right and you can transform your financial results.

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Business Success & Failure

Business Success & Failure

With 30 years’ experience in public practice as a Chartered Accountant I have seen many success stories and business failures. When I look back at the individual cases of success and failure there are, without doubt, common features to the successful business and those doomed to failure.

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Insight Series | Jewellers

Insight Series | Jewellers

One of our oldest clients is a jeweller and as such, we have provided a number of services to our clients in this industry with the right insight they need to succeed. We’d like to see the same for your company, so from our team to yours, here are ten ways to transform your business today:

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Insight Series: Photography

Insight Series: Photography

James, Stanley & Co Ltd has been helping photographers for over 20 years. As such, we have provided a number of services to our clients in this industry with the right insight they need to succeed. We’d like to see the same for your company, so from our team to yours, here are some quick tips to attain the James Stanley Standard for your photography business!

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Why you should Benchmark your Business

Why you should Benchmark your Business

Benchmarking is simply the process where you compare your financial results with your competitors and it is one of the most widely used management tools.

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Strategic Reports

Strategic Reports

For financial years ending on or after 30 September 2013 all UK companies other than those entitled to claim small company exemptions are required to include a Strategic Report as well as a Directors’ Report as part of their annual accounts reporting package.

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Systemise your business for a better life

Systemise your business for a better life

Last evening I went out for a drink with a long standing client of the practice and we lamented on how our respective businesses were dependent on ourselves – the more successful we get the harder we have to work.

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Total Accounting Solution

Total Accounting Solution

In the coming weeks we are launching our new service called the James Stanley & Co Total Accounting Solution.

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Credit Control

Credit Control

Last week I ran a successful seminar entitled ‘How to get paid on time every time’. The delegates considered 17 separate strategies which they could use in their respective businesses in order to improve their debtor collection.

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Flat Rate Scheme for Importers

Flat Rate Scheme for Importers

The Flat Rate Scheme is not always a good system to adopt if your business has a substantial amount of zero rated purchases as is the case when you import extensively from EU suppliers.

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Andrew's Pick | One Page Plan

One of the most powerful tools in our AVN toolkit is the One Page Plan – it is so useful that we recommend that all of our clients use it to help drive their businesses forward. The One Page Plan is exactly what is says – a business plan that fits on to a single sheet of paper.

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Forest of Dean Challenge

Forest of Dean Challenge

On Saturday, 14 June,  the two teams from James, Stanley & Co set off at some unearthly hour for the Forest of Dean to take part for the second year running in the St Basils annual fundraising walk. We were joined by Kelly Envine and Rob Ison of Oak Lodge Facilities Ltd who are a client of ours in the construction sector.

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Growth Accelerator Funding

Growth Accelerator Funding

I am pleased to report that I have been accredited as a Growth Accelerator coach and as such our clients can now tap into the Growth Accelerator funding if they join the scheme.

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HMRC New Debt Recovery Plan

HMRC New Debt Recovery Plan

News has just broken today on the new powers granted to H.M. Revenue & Customs to collect overdue tax by dipping directly into taxpayers’ bank accounts.


The Revenue has assured there are safe guards to protect against possible errors, for instance, the Treasurer has stated that HMRC will only to take the money after four ignored requests, if the amount is more than £1000 and if £5000 remain in the bank after the transaction is made.*

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Benefits of Systemising your Business

Benefits of Systemising your Business

If you go on holiday for 16 weeks from this weekend what state will your business be in when you return?


Would it be in a right state? i.e. turn into a bag of spanners...


OR would it be flourishing? i.e. turn into a bed of roses that you can be proud of?


And which type of business would you prefer?

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Goal Setting for Success

Goal Setting for Success

Research shows that people with up to date written goals are as much as 100% more successful than people who do not have up to date written goals.


So it is vitally important that business owners think about and articulate their personal and business goals.


Once you have identified your goals think about the implications of what you are doing – and what you should be doing.

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