“Fawcetts have provided me with excellent financial support and advice during 2 business start ups and continuing growth. I have a dedicated adviser, Nick Jones who plays a key role in the management and strategic direction of my company and is always accessible for routine and impromptu meetings. Through personal experience i have experienced that the size and scale of a business is immaterial to Fawcetts – the commitment is always the same and they really make you feel as though you and your business matters. I have recommended Fawcetts and Nick to my colleagues and will continue to do so. ”
Lou Whiting – Salisbury
“Fawcetts take a very professional approach via every point of contact. We have found each member of their team to be approachable, friendly and most importantly experienced and knowledgeable. The management team would not hesitate to recommend the services of the Fawcetts team to any business regardless of size and industry”
G Blamire – Salisbury
“James has been a huge help to me as I look to incorporate Creativemint, talking me through all the options, offering advice and helping me to feel relaxed and happy about the transition and the subsequent accountancy services I will need.”
Miles Murray – Salisbury
“I have been with Fawcetts since the inception of my business in 2008, and have always been very happy with the service that I have received. Although living in Bournemouth I chose Fawcetts due to their excellent reputation. Whilst there are a number miles between my work base and my accountant; distance has never been as issue as they are always very responsive including responding to emails and phone calls outside of normal office hours and on a couple of instances over the weekend.”
Julian Bennett – Bournemouth
“Fawcetts provide my company with an extremely professional service, their attention to detail gives us great confidence in analysing all aspects of our business performance. Nick Jones, our accountant, takes a real interest in how the farm is operated, this enables future strategic business planning to be carried out in conjunction with his professional advice”
Joe Foot – Dorchester
“James has always gone beyond the traditional approach of just accounting for what we have already done and continues to help us develop our company in testing times.”
Steve Rawlins – Gosport
“James always relishes the prospect of finding a new angle on complex financial problems creating some interesting and workable solutions to ensure that we always maximised our profitability. Fawcetts capabilities are way beyond “doing the accounts” and would a great asset to a any growing company needing a steady pair of hands with creative thinking.”
Robin Sutherland – Hayling Island
“We have found Nick to have an exceptional ability to grasp the issues we have as a law firm operating internationally. His advice is always clear and candid, and he has demonstrated a flair for lateral solutions to many of the problems we have. He helped us to manage our set-up and has guided us as we grow, and is considered to be one of our most trusted advisors.”
Andy Leppard – Somerset
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The cash flow difficulties that late payments cause small businesses are well known. However, the cost of recovering late payments is less well publicised, despite being a major and growing expense – coming in at around £9,000 last year for an average business.
Research by Bacs Payment Schemes found that the cost of recovering late payments has increased considerably in recent months. Collecting money owed to them collectively cost small businesses £6.7 billion in 2018, having risen from £2.6 billion in 2017. The figures comprise costs such as staff time and interest on borrowing taken out to make up for the shortfall caused by late payments.
Small businesses’ efforts to tackle the problem could be beginning to pay off – with the total value of late payments falling from £14 billion in 2017 to £13 billion in 2018.
Paul Horlock, Chief Executive of Pay.UK of which Bacs is a part, said: “When smaller companies do well, so does UK plc; as the backbone of the whole economy, the significance of SMEs cannot be overstated.”