Do you know what your accountant looks like? Whether in person or over a lockdown Zoom call, when was the last time you actually saw them?
We believe that you should be able to look your accountant in the eye more than on the odd occasion; not only can a lot of ground be covered in a face to face meeting, but things often come up that might be missed in an email or over the phone. Heck, your accountant might even buy you a (socially distanced) coffee!
As a local accountancy firm ourselves, we enjoy nothing more than helping businesses from Dartford and the surrounding areas thrive. Working with companies in Bexley, Sidcup and Maidstone, from Tunbridge Wells to seaside Margate, not only are we getting to see all that the Kent countryside has to offer, but we are supporting individuals and businesses to make sure they are reaching their full potential.
Business owners sometimes come to us having had a bad experience with a previous accountant (or several previous accountants) and so looking for a fresh approach.
“After experiencing the services of not one, but two BAD accountancy practices third time lucky and I'm happy to say that I think we hit the jackpot!! Blue Rocket are something else... You really feel like you are their only client.” Loveoutdoors.co.uk, Wilmington,Kent
Take time to make time
As a successful business grows, the chances are it will need more from its accountant than filing tax returns and organising payroll.
Alan Ager, Chief Executive for MAI Group in Bexley, wanted some fresh ideas for his business, not just more tax advice. Alan says, “We were looking for something more, more of a partnership”. We support Alan with our Reach for the Stars services, but also provide management account reports that are used for MAI’s internal monthly meetings and means the team there can focus on expanding other areas of the business by freeing up internal time.
Creating time for businesses to spend doing the things they’re good at makes sense, doesn’t it? Why labour over a spreadsheet for hours when your time could be better spent driving your business forward?
Finding time can be a challenge, particularly if you’re running a start-up and juggling the day today management of the company, as well as trying to get your business idea off the ground. Keeping track of financial information and deadlines can become a drain on your time, as BWC Fire Ltd in Kent, experienced.
When we first started working with BWC Fire back in 2011, the company was a one-man band, with its founder, Ben Whitaker, working out of his home office in Rochester.
Initially, we provided basic business and tax services,but as the company grew, so did the number of services we provide. Blue Rocket now supports BWC Fire in almost all aspects, acting not just as their accountants but as advisors too. Recently we advised them on the purchase of their own premises, in terms of cost and tax implications, but also making sure they had a suitable company structure to support this valuable asset.
Ben Haskell, Director at BWC Fire comments:
“Knowing that Blue Rocket is taking care of our accounts frees up ourtime, which helps us keep on track with other business critical activities.”
Getting to know you…
…really know you. It’s ok, we’re not interested in what you had for breakfast, but it is important to us that we understand your business and industry so that we can support you in the best way possible. We pride ourselves on providing a personal service and will work proactively with clients to help them meet their business objectives.
When Abounding Ltd, based in Orpington, moved to Blue Rocket in 2018, the company was at the next stage of growth, and looking for an accountant they could build a relationship with.
By quickly developing a good working relationship,we could see that it was possible to adjust how their directors were being paid, ultimately saving the company over £10,000. Abounding Ltd were able to invest this money back into the business, helping with cashflow which was tied up and that may otherwise have affected the company’s growth plans. As Peter Abrahams, Director at Abounding comments:
"Miguel is personable and friendly, always at the end of the phone…he gives me advice on where best to put money and I feel comfortable asking ridiculous questions.”
We want our clients to feel they can always approach us, there’s no such thing as a silly question. During the COVID-19 crisis, we set up a WhatsApp group to help support our clients by providing jargon free information and advice around the clock.
“Their response during the COVID-19 has been outstanding. They set up a WhatsApp group for all clients and have provided so much information and guidance to steer us all through this crisis. It has made a stressful situation significantly more manageable” Scaramanga agency, West Malling, Kent
“During these challenging times they have made our job of navigating business survival during lockdown so much easier to do.” Loveoutdoors.co.uk, Wilmington, Kent
So, whether you’re a local Dartford business or based further afield, if you’re looking for a fresh approach to accounting, get in touch for a no obligation chat on 01322 555 442.
Kent based accountants working with companies in all sectors, including construction, cleaning, retail, consultancy, manufacturing and hospitality to help them expand their horizons and reach for the stars.