Do I have to be a Saint client to attend BITE 2018?

BITE

Let’s cut to the chase: Can you attend BITE 2018 even if you’re not one of our clients?

The answer is a resounding YES!

Our upcoming free business event BITE is for business owners, plain and simple.

If you run your own business in the north of England (or further afield, if you feel like travelling), you’re bound to find something you’ll love in our packed agenda.

Why should I come along?

To learn, grow, and make better business decisions.

BITE stands for Business, Innovation, Technology, and Efficiency, and we’ve designed our agenda to make sure each aspect gets the spotlight it deserves.

During the course of the day, you will:

●      Be encouraged to embrace a spirit of curiosity and growth, regardless of industry or business type.

●      Get to meet and network with like-minded business owners, the Saint & Co team, and representatives from Xero and the apps.

●      Find out how Xero sits at the heart of your business, and which apps apply specifically to your type of business.

●      Connect with the apps and tech that are perfect for you and your business.

Agenda, BITE 2018

Who’s going to be there?

On the 12th of October, Carlisle Racecourse will be all abuzz with ambitious business owners, advisors, tech experts, and a selection of smart and engaging speakers.

Your next strategic partner could be at the same table. A new client a few tables over. And with dynamic keynote speakers Ashleigh Lambert of Xero, and content marketing duo Andrew & Pete, you’re bound to learn a thing or two, too.

Where is BITE? And when?

Where: Carlisle Racecourse (Get Directions)

When: Friday 12 October 2018, 08:30 – 16:00

Save Your Seat (It’s Free!)

Around 200 businesses will be joining us on the 12th of October for BITE, and you can be there too. Learn how to save time, save money, get found by your ideal client, get paid faster, and so much more.

You’ll even get lunch – and it won’t cost you a penny.

Sound good?

Grab Your Free Ticket Now

Find Out How Cloud Accounting Can Make MTD a Smoother Transition

Making Tax Digital

Technological hitches and Brexit-related delays aside, Making Tax Digital (MTD) is going to happen. One way or another, the UK’s tax system is going digital, and it’s vitally important that you take the correct measures now to avoid scrambling at the last minute two years from now.

In this brief blog post, we explain why switching to cloud accounting today can make MTD a smoother, more effective transition in the future.

A reminder: What is Making Tax Digital?

We’ve previously blogged about what Making Tax Digital is and how it will affect you, but if you’re still not sure, here’s a quick reminder:

Making Tax Digital is a government initiative designed to streamline and simplify tax, and bring about the end of paper accounting for millions across the UK. Instead of a yearly tax return, businesses will be tasked with setting up a digital tax account and filing an online return once per quarter.

If it all works as intended, MTD will make tax more straightforward, accurate, and far less stressful.

Why make the switch now?

From a compliance point of view, if your business does not exceed the VAT threshold, you will not be mandated to keep digital records and submit quarterly returns via digital accounting software. Or, in other words, if you’re not turning over £85,000 and above, you can breathe easy about implementing new software.

However, there’s still an argument that you should make the switch to a cloud-based accounting system well in advance of the inevitable expansion of MTD, set to take place in or around April 2020.

Why? Well, cloud accounting can save you time and save you money. It makes financial admin easier, and will ultimately result in a more effective and efficient tax return, regardless of whether or not your business is compelled to comply with MTD.

It might be tempting to dismiss MTD as yet another HMRC obligation, but the truth is, the move towards a fully digital and largely automated accounting process will improve your business tenfold. You’ll have instant access to real-time, up-to-date numbers which will, in turn, help you make better decisions in your pursuit of growth and profit.

So, the question ought to be “which cloud accounting software do I choose?” and the answer is simple – Xero.

How can Xero help?

Xero is by far the most popular cloud accounting software in the UK – and with good reason. It acts as the financial hub of your business, bringing together important functions such as bookkeeping, accounting, invoicing, and reporting.

Whether you have MTD in mind or not, making the switch to the cloud with Xero will undoubtedly bear fruit for your organisation. In fact, the features and benefits are there for all to see:

  • A clean and clear dashboard provides an at-a-glance overview of your key numbers, meaning you’re always in control.
  • A live bank feed keeps everything up-to-date.
  • Online invoicing means you can invoice directly to customers, log sales straight into Xero, and follow up with late payers in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Financial reports give you the opportunity to see your balance sheet, profit and loss, or cash report at any given time, and all with real-time, accurate numbers.

Where Making Tax Digital is concerned, Xero is already a step ahead. It can:

  • Automatically calculate tax (including VAT and payroll tax).
  • Pull financial data directly from your bank, invoicing software, or point of sale system.
  • Update transactions daily, keeping you on top of bank reconciliation.
  • Create digital records of paper receipts and bills via its smartphone app.

All of this combines to provide you with a clear picture of your business’s financial performance and tax liabilities, keeping you organised and ready to meet your next tax payment, or sidestep your next cash flow concern. In short, by introducing a cloud accounting system like Xero, you’ll take the change to Making Tax Digital in your stride.

Get Ready for MTD with Saint and Xero

There are no two ways about it, change is scary. Especially if it means implementing technology you’ve never used before. But Making Tax Digital could be a huge positive for your business. Filing returns quarterly could make tax less taxing, and allow you the opportunity to better plan for the future.

And by making the switch to Xero, not only will you be prepared for MTD, you’ll also have accurate financial information at your fingertips, helping you spot opportunities and threats faster than ever before.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, simply click the link to Get Started with Xero, or call us on 01228 534 371 to chat with one of our friendly advisors.

Good news! We’ve gone Platinum

We’re very pleased and incredibly proud to announce that Saint & Co is now a certified Xero Platinum Partner.

This has been a long road, from Bronze to Silver, to Gold and beyond, but it represents our unwavering commitment to the Xero platform, and our staff’s dedication to learning and improving every single day.

They’ve put in the hard yards, earning the appropriate certifications and delivering expert advice and guidance to our clients. A massive congratulations must go to each and every one of them!

What Does This Mean for You?

So, what exactly does our newly acquired Platinum status mean for you? In a word: Value.

As Platinum Partners, we are now in a position to pass on even more value to you by the way of access to promotions, expert assistance, consultancy, and project support.

Your experience with Xero is incredibly important to us, and our shiny new status will go a long way towards making it even better.

Find Out How Xero Can Help Your Business

Our team of Xero Champions are primed and ready to help you discover the many benefits of switching to a cloud accounting system, and to Xero in particular. You’ll quickly save time, save money, and wonder how you ever did without it.

Simply click the link to Get Started with Xero, or call us on 01228 534371 to chat with one of our friendly advisors.

 

 

Forthcoming Event – Xero Drop In Day – 27 February 2018 at our Carlisle Office

Going for Xero Gold

Xero Drop In Day

Tuesday 27th February 2018

at

Saint & Co, Sterling House, Wavell Drive, Rosehill, Carlisle, CA1 2SA

9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Are you an existing user of Xero Cloud Accounting Software?

Do you need help using the software or would you like to learn more about how cloud accounting could boost your business?

Saint & Co are Xero Gold Partners.   Thanks to our newly acquired gold status more of our partners and staff are “Xero” certified.

Why not join us on our “Xero Drop In Day” and chat to our friendly staff who will be on hand all day to help with any queries or questions you may have about using the software.    Tea and coffee available.

If you do not currently use Xero, why not book onto one of the half hour demonstrations and let us introduce you and your business to this cloud accounting software which is becoming more and more popular with our clients

Visit our events page for more details.

 

 

Going for Xero Gold

 

Going for Xero Gold

We have some good news to share: Saint & Co. was recently awarded Xero Gold Partner status.

So, what exactly does this mean for both us and you?

Well, Xero awards several different status levels, ranging from Partner to Platinum Partner, with Bronze, Silver, and Gold in between. Each level achieved is an indication that certain criteria has been fulfilled, particularly the number of clients subscribed to use Xero.

Our Journey to Gold Champions

Using Xero was a deliberate and careful decision. It wasn’t something we rushed into. We carefully examined a number of solutions for our clients, before working closely with Xero for around a year to determine if their platform met the needs of our existing clients.

Over the past 12 months, our partner, Carlisle Accountant, Stuart Farrer – who was heavily involved with introducing Xero to the company – gave up time to attend workshops and travel to observe what other firms were doing well. Thanks to his dedication and input, and the hard work of our team in general, we have managed to convert over 350 clients to Xero’s cloud accounting software.

Retaining Our Status, and Aiming Higher

Growing to that number of subscriptions has directly contributed to achieving the gold status level, but it can change on a monthly basis. Part of the criteria also refers to the number of staff we have certified to use Xero, so we’ve spent even more time and resource training our team to make the most of Xero and its features.

We want to ensure that our clients will receive an answer to almost any query when it comes to using Xero and that being on the cloud complements their day-to-day business activities.

And with the platinum status in our sights, we need to retain our high standards of customer care, and our dedication to learning and improving.

What Can Xero Do For You?

When we introduce you and your business to Xero, you’ll have the opportunity to streamline your accounting processes. You’ll have 24-hour access to review your financial information via your own dedicated real-time dashboard, allowing both you and us as your accountant to make faster, better decisions.

Instead of dropping off documents or emailing information, you’ll enjoy a modern and up-to-date accounting system that will improve financial management and decision making within your organisation.

What’s Next for Saint and Xero?

Thanks to our newly acquired gold status, some of our partners have been invited to special Xero events, giving them a fresh perspective on the platform and an opportunity to expand their knowledge; something that we can then pass directly onto our clients.

Stuart and Michelle will also be attending Xerocon London in October. It’ll be yet another chance to enhance their understanding of Xero and its accounting system.

And we’ve also been running our own Xero client events (with lunch!). Our last one saw around 50 clients, many of whom weren’t on Xero at the time, attend and learn how cloud accounting could boost their business.

Learn More About Xero

If you’d like to learn more about how Xero can improve your accounting and financial management, chat with one of our friendly team members.

Simply fill out our contact form, or call us on: 01228 534371

5 ways Xero online accounting improves your business and gives you a better work/life balance

Lindsay Farrer, Partner, Carlisle Office
Lindsay Farrer, Partner, Carlisle Office

Time is a precious resource for business owners. Whether you’re a farmer, hotel owner or start-up entrepreneur, the less time you spend on financial admin the more you can focus on growing your business and building customer relationships.

But control over your financial management is also vital. Clear oversight of your revenues, costs, cash flow and profits is an absolute must.

So how do you reduce the time spent keying in receipts, while also getting an improved view of your finances?

The answer is to work with Saint & Co accountants to switch your financial management to Xero online accounting – the leading cloud accounting platform for small business owners.

5 key ways your life becomes better

Xero is accounting software, based in the cloud. It works just like the desktop-based accounting systems you’re used to, but without any of the limitations – with Xero, you can work with your business numbers 24/7.

Xero brings you all these key benefits:

  1. Instant, mobile access to your key numbers, straight from your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
  2. Easier ways to collaborate with your accountants and improve the proactive business advice you receive.
  3. Less time spent on paperwork, using a smart-scanning app such as Receipt Bank to automate your bookkeeping.
  4. A faster way to get paid and improve cash flow, using online email invoicing, modern payment gateways and automated debtor chasing.
  5. Integration with a range of business tools, designed to improve your business and give you back time to live your life well.

Saint & Co: your trusted Xero partner

At Saint & Co, we’re proud of our century-old heritage as accountants in the Cumbrian community. But we’re also a forward-thinking firm, always using cutting-edge financial technology to help our clients do more.

Our trained Xero specialists will help you seamlessly make the switch to cloud accounting. Once you see the impact on your time and profitability, you’ll wonder how you managed your business without the help of Xero.

If you want more from your business and work/life balance, contact us to arrange a hands-on demo of Xero’s beautiful accounting software.

Call Saint & Co on 01228 534371  or email us at advice@saint.co.uk to book a Xero demo and start the next chapter in your business success.

“Xero – Beautiful Accounting Software to Make Life Easier” Seminar

Xero – Beautiful Accounting Software to Make Life Easier”

Join us at our FREE workshop – hot lunch included

on Tuesday, 21st March 2017

at The Auctioneer, Rosehill, Carlisle

12.30 pm – 2.30 pm

“Cloud” Accounting software is becoming more and more popular as it can be accessed from anywhere at anytime.

In addition to being able to access it from anywhere at anytime, we think Xero is simple to use, jargon free and has the added benefit of no limit on the number of users. (Plus no more update CD’s to load!)

A numbers of partners and staff at Saint & Co, have become “Xero” certified.

Why not come and watch a demo of Xero, the world’s easiest accounting software and you will see why so many people are using this.

For further details click on our flyer.

Do not miss out on booking your place as demand is likely to be high. To secure your place(s), visit www.saint.co.uk/events to book online or complete and return the attached reply slip below no later than Wednesday 15th March 2017.

 

 

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