We create easy solutions to make businesses rock using cloud-based accounting and number geekery to help them grow.
Here are some pen portraits of some of our clients so you can see how we’re doing.
Absolute Creative Marketing is a team of six people, led by the company’s founder, Chris Nyland. Based in the centre of Gloucester, it’s a company that encompasses several different brands. As Absolute Creative it delivers top quality digital design, 3D modelling and online and offline marketing. As Nettl it’s part of a nationwide brand of high street web studios that offer website solutions for small and medium size businesses. And as Gloucester Print Shop it provides high quality litho printing and a web2print solution that saves customers time and money.
Before Absolute Creative started working with Easy Solutions Group, its accounting set up was like lots of small businesses. Chris says: “We used QuickBooks to handle our bookkeeping and we spoke to our accountant once a year when our accounts were due to be filed.”
Things started to change when Chris had a query on QuickBooks. Although online, our accountant wasn’t able to successfully dip in and help with, so he turned to Google to find someone who could. Easy Solutions Group’s name came up and Emily was a lifesaver, quickly able to solve the query.
Having dealt with ESG once, Chris quickly saw that they could be invaluable to his business going forward. “They offered ongoing support in a way that was completely new to me.”
One of the first things that Emily suggested Chris do was to move his accounts from QuickBooks to Xero. “I used to spend one evening a week reconciling my accounts by manually ticking them off on a print-out of my bank statement. With Xero, most of the work is done for me, it learns and guesses what’s what and I just have to click ‘OK’ – it’s been revolutionary!”
Easy Solutions Group now looks after all Absolute Creative’s accounting requirements, including payroll, company accounts, self assessment tax return, corporation tax and VAT, and Chris is delighted with the service he’s receiving.
“Our accounting is seamless and easy and we know that the Easy Solutions Group team is on hand if we have any questions. I’ve also been impressed by how willing they are to go the extra mile to help us work out the best way forward when it comes to financial matters. It feels they know my business, because they can jump in and see what’s what. We can correct anything as we go, and I can talk through things at any point. It’s been a bit of a weight, lifted!”
Emily says: “Absolute Creative is the size of small business we love working with and Chris is a really lovely guy who would help you with anything print and web. We love working with him so much that we asked him to develop the Easy Solutions Group website!”
Pippin Consultancy Ltd is a copywriting agency established in 2012 by Catherine Every.
Catherine had been working with an accountant since she started the business because she needed help to set up the limited company status and to handle the additional reporting requirements it involves.
By 2014, Catherine’s business was growing rapidly. Although she didn’t have many receipts and invoices to process each month, it was still taking more time than she could afford. An associate recommended Easy Solutions Group as a company that could help solve the problem and give Catherine back more time.
Catherine says: “Easy Solutions Group does exactly what it says – provides easy solutions. I email and post my invoices, receipts, bank transactions and mileage to ESG every month and the team does all the bookkeeping involved. Everything is entered and reconciled on Xero and Receipt Bank, so I always have an up-to-date and accurate picture of my business and where it stands. They also handle my payroll, company accounts, self assessment tax return and corporation tax requirements. They’re really helpful (and patient!) if I have any questions and give great advice too. All in all they make my life a lot easier as well as being generally lovely people.”
Emily says: “As a woman in business I love working with other female owned-businesses like Catherine’s and it’s great to know that we’re helping her to build her business by providing practical support and numbers knowledge.”
Henryson Foods International Ltd is a leading importer and distributor of specialist food items from Europe into the UK and Ireland. It was founded in 2000 by husband and wife team Hugh and Sue Shallcross. Today, the company has six employees and is managed by Sue and Kate (Hugh and Sue’s daughter), who joined the company in 2007.
Henryson started working with Easy Solutions Group in 2014 during a period of change for the company. Hugh had sadly passed away, which had forced the close-knit family team to take stock. They decided to relocate the business from Leominster in Herefordshire to Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire for family reasons and, as part of that move, decided to start working with an accountant from their new area.
Sue researched Gloucestershire accountants online and came across Easy Solutions Group. She had a conversation with Emily and decided that the two companies were a good fit, not least because they are both family businesses.
Easy Solutions Group handles Henryson’s general bookkeeping, VAT returns and EC Sales List submissions (the way that VAT-registered businesses in the UK report their sales to other EU countries to HMRC). The ESG team also takes care of the company’s annual company accounts, corporation tax and the directors’ self assessment tax returns.
Sue says: “We really like working with Emily and her sisters. The approach they take is similar to ours – always striving to give a high quality service whilst never losing sight of the truly important things in life.”
Emily adds: “We love working with Henryson. They’re great people with a really fascinating business and it’s particularly interesting working with a company that’s so active in Europe.”
The Red Lion Arlingham is a community-owned pub in a meander of the river Severn in Gloucestershire. It was bought by the local community in 2013 after the villagers raised £350,000 in 48 hours to secure its future as a pub.
The man who galvanised the villagers to take action is Edward Davies and when it became clear that the pub would need the support of an accountant he had no hesitation in suggesting Easy Solutions Group. “A company I was involved with already used Easy Solutions Group. I knew how good they were so they seemed the obvious choice.”
Today, Easy Solutions Group handles all of the Red Lion’s accounting – day-to-day bookkeeping, annual accounts, corporation tax, VAT, payroll, plus management reporting and ad hoc advice. It uses Xero, which gives the pub management team access to all the information they need wherever and whenever they need it.
Edward is delighted with the service the pub receives. “We get everything we need but we also know they could provide more support if we grew any bigger. But it’s not just what ESG does, it’s how. They really know our business and we are a name not a number with them. They’re very knowledgeable and always happy to help.”
Emily says: “Red Lion Arlingham is a brilliant community enterprise and we love being involved with the team behind such a worthwhile endeavour!”