Service benefits

Why use our services?

Rather like plants, young and growing businesses need the right conditions to prosper. The majority of all businesses fail within the first 12 months, and we know that the right support and advice early on really can make the difference between success and failure. The right support creates the right environment for business growth.

We are accountants and business advisers specialising in supporting Northamptonsmall and medium sized businesses. Our expertise regularly saves clients thousands of pounds.

More than just “bean counters” we become their long term most trusted business advisors.

Some of the benefits of using our services are:

  • A commercial approach to business issues – help with raising finance, dealing with debtors and creditors, accounting software, and immediate help and support with your payroll, bookkeeping and other management information.
  • Fast responsive service and total efficiency.
  • Friendly, approachable, well-trained and qualified people.
  • Excellent value for money.
  • Pro-active advice, allowing you to take control of your finances and taxes.
  • Up to date, accurate financial information to help you run your business more profitably.
  • Advance notice of what tax you have to pay.
  • Planning ahead and advice on how to minimise your tax bills.
  • Assistance with raising finance from your bank.
  • Dedicated single point of contact to handle your affairs - no more separate accounts, audit and tax departments.
  • Only qualified staff in the UK handle your affairs - no overseas offices!


Our Services

Our services include the following:

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business development consultancy
  • Business start up
  • Company formation
  • Corporate finance
  • Management advisory services
  • Payroll
  • Sage
  • Taxes
  • Tax planning
  • Accounting

Irrespective of whether you keep your records on a computer package in the cloud or prefer to operate manually, we can prepare your annual accounts. Our approach is based on pro-active advice and as part of your accounts preparation process we will ensure that we have not missed any important issues.

We assist you in understanding the accounts so that you can use them as a valuable tool to run your business.

Auditing

Audits provide a cornerstone to financial reporting. They furnish valuable and reliable information to banks, tax authorities and others who desire to make well-informed financial decisions.

In order for us to perform effective audits, we must not only audit our clients financial records, but we must also be familiar with our clients operations, the industries in which they operate and the economic events which have impacted on their businesses.

The audits we conduct adhere to all the professional standards issued by the Auditing Standards Board, the Financial Reporting Council and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Bookkeeping

If it is not practical for you to perform your accounting requirements in house we can offer you a monthly accounting service. This provides you with computerised financial statements with supporting general ledgers, debtors and creditors and payroll systems. To supplement these book-keeping services, we also assist in the preparation of the payroll and VAT returns.

We are Xero partners, so we can offer you the latest leading cloud based accounting solution if it appropriate for your needs.

Business development consultancy

“Business do not plan to fail, they fail to plan”

We believe that business is a journey and we all need a guide. We aim to be an invaluable guide to your business with our strategic planning service. We won’t try to teach you about the things you know in theory, we have a proven track record of starting and growing a business and know what it’s like to face the problems you may have, in growing and managing your business. Every assignment we work on is unique. We have developed a methodology that enables us to act as your guide along the road you chose to take in business.

The key steps work like this:

  1. Firstly we help you to define “A” (where you are now) through a penetrating analysis of the business and you as you are now.
  2. Secondly help you to define “B” (where you want to go to) by assisting you to stand back from the business and really focus on what you are trying to achieve.
  3. Thirdly, help you to create a strategy of how you can move from “A” to “B” The strategic planning process is NOT just about doing a business plan on its own. It’s about you, your goals and the goals of your business partners becoming a reality not just a vision.

Business start up

We provide our clients with a range of corporate and business services to enable them to maximise their profits and minimise their tax burden. Our main area of expertise is in the owner-managed business sector and our business services team has expanded and adapted to meet the challenges of the ever-changing business environment. Our business start up service covers:

  • Employment Taxes and Solutions
  • New Business Start-Ups
  • Corporate Planning
  • Financial Restructuring
  • Business Cessation and Retirement Planning
  • Mergers
  • Cash Flow forecasts and budgeting
  • Business Plans
  • Business Valuations
  • Finance and Grants

Company formation

We have a company formation service that can form a company for you speedily and with the minimum of fuss.

Corporate finance

Corporate finance includes advising on and arranging:

  • Preparation of the business plan
  • Fund raising
  • Acquisitions
  • Mergers
  • Disposals
  • Management buy outs/buy ins
  • Disposals

We have a long track record of successfully putting together deals of the above nature. These assignments cover a wide range of deals from £5,000 to £40 million.

We are authorised to provide impartial independent advice to our clients.

Management advisory services

A sound financial system is essential in providing reliable information in order for management to make informed decisions.

Since your business environment is constantly changing, these decisions and resultant actions must be made and implemented in a timely manner.

Without accurate and up to date financial information, it is difficult to achieve these desirable objectives.

In order to assist you in having accurate and up to date financial information we can provide you with:

  • Accounting systems and control design
  • Accounting software selection and supply
  • Accounting software installation and set up
  • Accounting software training
  • Budget setting
  • Profitability and cost analyses

Payroll

We offer weekly and monthly payroll services to businesses for whom it is not practical to perform these functions in house.

We provide fully computerised payrolls with supporting payslips, P11d’s, P14’s, P60’s and P35’s.

We are fully ready to deal with RTI for all our clients as well as auto enrolment when it comes in.

Sage

We are authorised Sage dealers and can supply:

  • Software; and
  • training.

Sage is the UK's number one supplier of accounting and payroll software packages. Sage's ease of use and low prices mean that it is our preferred solution to automating your accounting and payroll functions.

For more information on the packages and training available contact us on admin@harrisandco.biz

Taxes

Since tax laws and forms are so complex, many people find that professional assistance is a necessity. We stay abreast of the constantly changing tax laws through regular investment in training so that we can assist our clients with their tax affairs in the best possible manner.

Some of our tax services include:

  • Preparation of personal tax returns
  • Preparation of business tax returns
  • Tax planning
  • Preparation of VAT returns
  • Preparation of payroll returns

Tax planning

Every business and most individuals are exposed to tax, but we strive to make the burden as light as possible. We will guide you and your business through a tax-planning process in order to minimise your exposure to tax, whilst advising on all areas of personal and corporate tax.

We work closely with financial planning experts to ensure that you receive comprehensive advice about tax planning opportunities, at every stage of your personal and business life. We can provide advice on a wide area of business tax matters from employment tax through to corporate and partnership tax planning, corporate and group structures, and business succession. Planning ahead for retirement involves not only pension planning, but also the need to take steps to minimise capital gains tax liabilities. Even structuring the sale or handing on of your business or assets must be planned properly and we are happy to work on your behalf in conjunction with solicitors and other agents to help with that and with estate planning and will drafting.

It is never too early to plan ahead, so whatever stage you are at in business, we can help you to plan for the future.

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