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Brookson Introduce New Opal Telecom Telephone System

Brookson has installed a new Opal Telecom telephone system, including Mitel hardware and software, across its whole business.

Brookson, a leading accountancy and umbrella company services provider, has introduced this new system to improve their customer services offering.

The new Mitel 5000 CP system allows Brookson to route calls more efficiently to the relevant experts and ensure callers receive a hassle free experience when contacting different areas within the business. The software also provides more reporting capabilities including monitoring calls and call volumes.

The move will also ensure self employed specialist accountants Brookson maximise their call efficiencies as the new software will allow simultaneous running of both PCs and the telephone system on one network.

Head of Customer Services, Peter Metcalf commented: “The introduction of this new technology is a massive step forward in terms of our service offering, allowing the business to manage increased call volumes more efficiently, ultimately leading to an even more professional service.”

Brookson’s service is ideally suited for individuals looking to set up in business, either as a sole trader or limited company, who often require more support from their accountant than just the completion of year-end accounts and tax returns. Brookson’s revolutionary approach to accountancy reduces the administrative burden of day to day bookkeeping and the time consuming administration for our customers. Brookson do the accounting so their customers do not have to. Key to its successful ‘day to day’ service is a dedicated Customer Service Team that speak to customers on a regular basis providing specialist accountancy advice. As a result, Brookson has considerable call volumes to manage on a daily basis.

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Brookson Has Improved Its Identification Assessment Process By Introducing Experian Software For Its Customer ID Checks

Brookson, a leading accountancy, tax and support services provider to the self employed, has selected Experian as the ideal partner for its Identification Software. Experian’s Authenticate Pro and Validator Plus products will be used to verify the new customers and will dramatically reduce the time it takes Brookson to complete their customer take on process.

Brookson Has Improved Its Identification Assessment Process By Introducing Experian Software For Its Customer ID Checks

Brookson’s umbrella company customers work with a wide range of recruitment businesses. The Experian partnership enables Brookson to continue to be a compliant service provider while meeting the speed of set up required by both its contractor customers and the recruitment businesses. If contractors are delayed in taking up opportunities it costs the contractor and the agency money.

Authenticate Pro accurately verifies the identity of new customers by referencing applicant details against Experian’s data sources to obtain a ‘pass’, ‘fail’ or ‘refer’ with regards to their identity. Where a ‘fail’ or ‘refer’ is signalled, a supporting tool called Validate Plus performs a remote check on information contained in official documents, such as a passport number, without the customer having to part with these.

Andrew Sloan, Head of New Business at Brookson, explained: “Introducing new and innovative solutions is something Brookson continue to demonstrate across both its limited company and umbrella company service lines. This latest addition will further streamline our joining process, in many cases allowing customers to join on the same day, provided relevant checks are passed.”

Stuart Johnston, Managing Director at Experian QAS added: “The authentication process plays a crucial part in improving business efficiencies in the financial services market: it affects the customer experience, the staff workload and the compliance levels of the company. It’s great that Brookson is integrating our product range so effectively, combining Validate Plus and Authenticate Pro to offer efficient and rapid validation of customer details and make the customer acquisition process less of a headache.”

With more initiatives in the wings, Brookson is looking to significantly increase its customer base across all services lines and continue to improve the quality of service it provides to limited company, sole trader and umbrella company customers. The new Experian software will make the joining process more efficient while delivering a better joining experience for the customer.

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Brookson Completes 2010 Strategic Recruitment Programme

Brookson, a leading tax accountant and support services provider, has completed its strategic recruitment drive to help strengthen its existing senior team in preparation for extensive 2010 growth plans.

The senior management team appointments consist of new sales and marketing director, Chris Bowden, head of group marketing, Sandi Rowley, and head of new business, Andrew Sloan. These sales appointments together with recent appointments in operations and IT build on Brookson’s tax accountant expertise to create a team with the appropriate depth of experience to achieve its growth plans.

Chris Bowden, 42, has over 20 years experience in global logistics, specialising in corporate account management and sales. Chris joins from FedEx where he managed large multinational, global accounts including Rolls-Royce, Microsoft, Dell and HP.

Appointed to communicate the development and modernisation of Brookson services through numerous new marketing channels, Chris will reaffirm Brookson’s commitment to support its customers with the latest technological innovations.

Chris will be challenged with building multi channel strategies across all Brookson service lines including limited company, sole trader and umbrella company service lines.

Sandi Rowley is a highly accredited B2B marketer and joins the Brookson team from Alliance and Leicester commercial banking, with over 21 years of direct marketing experience in the finance industry. Tasked with ambitiously growing the business through the integration of key marketing channels, Sandi will be using direct and digital strategies to support new initiatives that will position the company at the forefront of accountancy services. Sandi’s experience at A&L marketing products and services to entrepreneurs looking to set up a business will be invaluable to Brookson.

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Brookson Launches New Healthcare Initiative For Customers

Brookson has launched a new healthcare initiative with health and wellness care provider Bupa.

Brookson Launches New Healthcare Initiative For Customers

Brookson, a leading tax accountant and support services provider, has negotiated an exclusive discount with the leader in health and wellness care, Bupa, for private medical insurance.

The 25 per cent discount is applicable to Brookson customers and their immediate family to provide peace of mind now and in the future. This initiative is available across all Brookson’s service lines which include self employed customers working through their own limited company, or as a sole trader, as well as customers working through Brookson’sumbrella company as employees.

Andy Linaker, strategic business manager of Bupa, added: “Self-employed individuals are some of the most vulnerable workers in the marketplace when it comes to illness or accidents. With their focus often around securing contracts and ensuring a regular flow of work, arranging private healthcare typically falls to the bottom of the priority list. While the UK is fortunate enough to have the NHS, it is important not to underestimate the impact that prolonged waiting lists or extended treatment can have on the income of a self-employed individual.”

Bupa’s private medical insurance provides flexibility and swift access to treatments, with the minimum amount of fuss. By working closely together Brookson and Bupa plan to enhance the Bupa offering and create a variety of bespoke benefits for Brookson customers.

Brookson’s approach is to provide additional benefits to customers on top of accountancy advice and support services. Brookson want to provide their self employed and sole trader customers with the ability to plan ahead and minimise the impact on income as much as possible, should illness occur. Bupa recognise the challenges that self employed professionals face during periods of illness making them an ideal partner.

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Brookson Purchases The Latest In Customer Relationship Management Software

Brookson, a leading accountancy provider, has purchased the latest in customer relationship management (CRM) software from K3 Business Technology Group (K3).

Brookson Purchases The Latest In Customer Relationship Management Software

Brookson will use the system to drive new business through highly structured sales and marketing campaigns and it is anticipated that the system will assist the company to grow its customer base from the current 9,000 to 16,000 in three years time.

As a contractor accountant, Brookson is targeting self-employed professionals trading through a Limited company or as a self employed sole trader. Brookson will also target temporary workers that do not want to run their own business but would benefit from working as employees through Brookson’s umbrella company.

The new Microsoft Dynamics product replaces an in-house bespoke solution and is a major step forward in technology for the Warrington-based firm. It will integrate seamlessly with Brookson’s other Microsoft technology. This will provide a unique technological platform to support and focus the company’s sales efforts, allowing much greater levels of organisation so that each campaign is processed systematically.

Lee Kingshott, IS Director for Brookson, commented: “We recognise the benefits that an effective CRM management can give to our business and we are always looking for efficient ways to improve our systems. It is this innovative approach that has contributed to our continued success and we look forward to the ongoing development of the relationship with K3.”

“Brookson presents a perfect opportunity for utilising the latest in CRM technology. The system designed by K3 will enable the company to focus its sales activities by enabling more effective use of its extensive limited company and self employed sole trader prospect databases. Information will flow more freely throughout the company and there will be tighter integration with its other Microsoft technology,” said Maggi Fraser, general manager of K3 Business Technology Group.

The system is now in place and has been used throughout Brookson’s recent Revolution campaign, which was launched through eye-catching direct mailshots and emails, targeting those currently running their own business and those looking to set up a business. The campaign makes business owners aware of a service that is far removed from the traditional tax accountancy service they may currently use.

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Brookson Joined By New Tax And IT Specialists To Head Up Growing Departments

Brookson, a leading tax accountant and support services provider has introduced a specialist tax team led by Matt Fryer to support the increasingly wider tax advice needs of its customers. In addition, Brookson has strengthened its team with IT director, Lee Kingshott as it continues with its revolutionary approach to online support for accountancy services.

Brookson Joined By New Tax And IT Specialists To Head Up Growing Departments

Brookson recently established a sole trader service to complement their established limited company and umbrella company service lines as part of a strategy to reach a wider market place. These latest appointments are considered key in order to deliver a market leading service.

As Brookson customers include engineers, IT contractors and healthcare professionals, the specialist expertise which Matt and Lee bring to the business will help in supporting delivery of innovative solutions to these self employed professionals.

Matt, will head up the team responsible for ensuring that HMRC obligations are met and tax planning opportunities are maximised for Brookson customers. Matt is an experienced tax accountant, with nine years experience in the field of ‘personal tax advice’ following roles with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and KPMG.

Lee has a close understanding of Brookson’s market having worked as a limited company IT contractor himself. Lee joins from Surecomp Business Solutions, having also held directorships with subsidiaries of the Royal Bank of Scotland and senior positions within Barclays Bank.

Recruited to oversee Brookson’s IT operations, Lee’s main focus will be delivering excellence in customer service. This will involve the evaluation and implementation of the latest technology available and maintaining ongoing security of Brookson’s on-line services to sole traders, limited companies and to their umbrella company employees.

About Brookson
Brookson is a leading tax accountant, IR35 specialist and supports service providers through to small businesses and business start ups. Brookson supports self employed people in their chosen way of working through its limited company, sole trader and umbrella company services. As a 150 strong accountancy service, managing the affairs of over 9000 customers, Brookson is committed to offering the very best service, support and advice.

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ezPaycheck 2010 Payroll Software is More Flexible than Ever Before

halfpricesoft.com is a leading provider of easy-to-use payroll software, w2 1099 software, check printing software and employee time & attendance software. Their software help thousands of users simplify payroll processing and business managements.

Newly released 2010 edition of ezPaycheck payroll software from Halfpricesoft.com gives small and mid-size businesses more options and flexibility in doing payroll and printing checks than ever before. This year’s updates include not only updated federal and state tax tables, but also additional printing formats, additional reports, and ability to print Forms 940 and 941.

Best of all, this easy-to-use payroll and check printing software solution remains affordable for any business—no matter how many or how few employees the businesshas. Plus, trying ezPaycheck 2010 is totally risk free. Business owners and payroll managers can download the full-function software for free and try it without obligation for 30 days.

New to the 2010 edition of ezPaycheck payroll software:
– Federal and state tax tables updated through 2010
– Add miscellaneous check report
– Print Form 940 (Employer Annual Federal Unemployment Tax Return)
– Print Form 941 (Employer Quarterly Federal Tax Return)
– Print check-in-middle or check-on-bottom formats as well as check-on-top format for check printing
– Mask employee Social Security Numbers on check stubs
– Additional changes for improved efficiency and ease of use

ezPaycheck 2010 payroll system was specifically engineered with non-accountant business owners in mind. Its intuitive interfaces allow the user to start calculating payroll and printing paychecks without the long learning curve typically associated with financial software.

Business owners and managers new to ezPaycheck payroll application can try the software risk free – without cost or obligation to ensure they like the software and that it meets their needs. ezPaycheck can be downloaded for free at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp. This is not a demo or trial version with limitations. It is the complete software with all features for 30 days. Purchase a license key for just $89 for unlimited use of ezPaycheck 2010 with your business.

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Wisteria Formations Releases New Complete Company Formation Guide

Wisteria formations, the UK’s leading online company formation agent, confirms the release of their complete company formations guide. Following an increasing number of enquiries from clients, Wisteria Formations can announce the release of the complete company formations guide. Wisteria Formations is one of the UK’s leading company formation agents. The company is backed by Wisteria Chartered Accountants, the accounting, tax and business plan specialists. They have been able to draw on all of this knowledge to produce a complete guide to incorporating a company in the UK, available for free download on their website, www.wisteriaformations.co.uk.

Andrew Millet, Director of Wisteria Formations and Wisteria Chartered Accountants, explains what prompted the release of the guide, “We often receive enquiries from clients regarding what they need to think about when setting up a company, as well as more specific queries. There is a lot of information available on the internet, but it was not easy for clients starting out for the first time to know where to look for it. In addition, you can’t always get all of the information you need in one place. The aim when producing our new company formation guide was to help our clients understand the process of forming their company and the things they need to think about. We have ensured it is easily found by placing a PDF version of it on our homepage in an accessible format.”

The company formations guide is designed to help people in a wide range of situations, from complete beginners to those who may have incorporated a number of companies before. It deals with issues arising at the conception of the business such as which business structure to use and takes you through the formation process step by step dealing with the issues you need to consider after formation. The majority of the guide is about how to go about forming a limited company and responsibilities you take on by doing so. This is useful for many new company formations as often people start a limited company without being fully aware of the responsibilities that they will take on as a director of a company.

Other information on the internet comes from many different sources and you will often find conflicting advice which can easily lead to a misunderstanding. The complete company formation guide aims to rectify this problem by taking people step by step through everything you need to consider when forming a limited company.

Wisteria Formations are happy to offer free support and advice when working through the online company formation process, through their UK customer support team. This, along with this the creation of the new company formations guide, will hopefully help to improve the understanding of limited companies in the future.

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Accession Technology Offers Custom Programming For Quickbooks Clients

Accession Technology is proud to announce that they now offer custom programming for Quickbooks clients. Intuit QuickBooks Software Development Kits (SDK’s) enable Quickbooks users to program custom features to their out-of-the-box software. The result is a highly affordable accounting software package with expanded functionality.

Accession Technology Offers Custom Programming For Quickbooks Clients

QuickBooks accounting software system is an easy and economical way to automate small and growing businesses. But as companies mature, they can outgrow their entry-level business solution. Accession Technology offers SDK’s as a cost-effective means to improve your software’s functionality without incurring the time and expense of a system conversion or upgrade.

SDK’s enable QuickBooks users to program custom features in their standard software, building tight integrations between QuickBooks and other software. Now QuickBooks users do not have to import files or even open QuickBooks to exchange data with these other applications. Companies that want to keep their existing infrastructure (e.g. CRM, point of sale, warehouse inventory management, etc.) can build a custom link between QuickBooks and their other software, which increases the longevity of the company’s accounting system. As a result, data retrieval is simplified and custom reports can be tailored for a specific business operation or segment.

About Accession Technology
Accession Technology, is a single source for business software expertise, offering software solutions, needs analysis, implementation, custom reports, training and support services to a wide list of clients throughout the United States. Accession Technology has more than 16 years of experience in customizing and implementing accounting and CRM software systems for small to mid-size companies in need of automation services. More information is available at www.accessiontechnology.com or for accounting softwareCRM software and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions.

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Quicker Accounting Software Integration

Accession Technology, now offers the Applianz System Reducing the Cost and Time of Implementing Accounting software systems.

Quicker Accounting Software Integration

The Applianz System for Sage MAS 90, Sage MAS 200, Sage MAS 500 and Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions accounting software is an all-inclusive total solution preinstalled on a highly reliable network server for both existing customer upgrades and new prospects. You will have all the power and flexibility installed and running in minutes instead of days. The system arrives preinstalled with the correct operating system, user licenses, and MAS 90 Sage MAS 200, MAS 500, and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions. The systems plug-and-play technology removes any potential complexities of integrating MAS 90 MAS 200, MAS 500, and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions into other servers or desktop PC’s. The Applianz also gives the ability to add securely connected remote users at any time, from any location.

“By using the Applianz technology it will reduce the startup costs and provide more flexibility for our clients.” said Aric Shelko, president of Accession Technology.

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Accession Technology Has Been Selected As An Official Intuit Solution Provider

Accession Technology offers a full range of value-added consulting services for QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions®. QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions is developed by Intuit Inc., a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, consumers and accounting professionals.

Accession Technology Has Been Selected As An Official Intuit Solution Provider

The Intuit Solution Provider Program will enable Accession Technology to better serve regional clients and build their business through the sale, implementation and service of integrated solutions. The program’s lead offering, QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions, is a flexible and affordable business management solution designed specifically for growing businesses. The software helps businesses efficiently input, organize and access the information they need to manage finances, inventory, sales, purchasing and employees and make to key decisions for growth.

“We are very excited to have Accession Technology as an Intuit Solution Provider,” said Jim Gregg, director of Intuit’s solution provider program. “Their expertise in re-selling and supporting mid-market business software solutions and their track record for customer satisfaction make them a valuable addition to our Solution Provider network.”

About Accession Technology
Accession Technology, is a single source for business software expertise, offering software solutions, needs analysis, implementation, custom reports, training and support services to a wide list of clients throughout the United States. Accession Technology has more than 16 years of experience in customizing and implementing accounting and CRM software systems for small to mid-size companies in need of automation services. More information is available at www.accessiontechnology.com or for accounting softwareCRM software and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions. Or if you prefer, you can call us @ 1-888-808-1117.

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BT Business Has Launched A New Web-Based Accounting Application, To Replace The Complex Software Blighting Smaller Firms

BT Business has launched a new web-based accounting application, to replace the complex software blighting smaller firms, forcing their employees to work longer hours.

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The launch of Xero, a new online tool designed for firms and their advisors, is supported by new research by BT Business which finds that almost 50 per cent of smaller business staff work extra hours to clear their current workloads, with 41 per cent admitting that they actually waste work time because of poor technology and systems.

Accessible f r o m any internet or mobile connection, Xero is aimed at helping businesses access, update, review and control their finances in the downturn anywhere, f r o m any device. The simple, software-as-a-service (SaaS) package will provide customers with 24/7 secure online access to bank transactions, invoices, reports, VAT returns and management reporting.

Chris Lindsay, general manager at BT Business applications, said: “Customer feedback is that traditional accounting packages are complicated to use, and can only be accessed while in the office. As a result, managers put book keeping off and spend too many late evenings or weekends in the office. Owner managers tend not to be finance experts, and dread having to file their accounts with these systems. The research shows that employees are working harder and longer during the downturn anyway, so we hope that Xero users will instantly be more productive and redress an often dire work/life balance.”

Xero is available as a free 30 day BT Business trial. Features include a real time dashboard of a firm’s transactions, online accrual to keep book-keeping up to date, daily bank reconciliation function, web-based accounting f r o m anywhere with an internet connection, expense claim processing and reporting for financial advisors.

Andrew Sandiford, head of Business Advisory and Assurance at Target feels that Xero eliminates all the problems of not feeling ‘part of the client’s business’ for his accountants: “With Xero, you can access a client’s accounts at any time. More importantly, you know you are looking at the same ‘version’ of the accounts as the client because there is only one ledger. Xero is fantastic for us, as it means we can offer ‘real-time’ advice, basing our recommendations on the up-to-date financial data we can see.”

Delivered as SaaS, Xero can also be implemented quickly without the upfront licence fees, maintenance or upgrade costs associated with on-premise software. Cloud computing applications like Xero reside online and are accessed by a simple web browser. Businesses only pay for the resources they use.

BT Business provides everything f r o m hands e t s to applications to help smaller firms work, share and manage common operational processes including Ribbit for Salesforce which is designed to improve sales team productivity, eSignature and CRM systems salesforce.com, Netsuite and SugarCRM.

About BT
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

In the year ended 31 March 2009, BT Group’s revenue was £21,390 million.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and a s s e t s of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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Performance Surety Bonds Provides Fast & Efficient Bonds Service Nationwide

With the introduction of a paperless electronic system, Performance Surety Bonds has mastered the fast and efficient surety bond service. By providing both licenses and permits, Viking Bond Service Company in conjunction with Performance Surety Bonds is ready for any customer whether they are an insurance company, contractor or more. A surety bond, a three party guarantee between the surety company, an oblige and the principal allows someone to obtain a license, permit or to satisfy a release of a lien or a court requirement.

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Whatever it is, VBS provides court bonds for guardianship and probate bonds as well as performance bonds for contractors. Additional services including fidelity bonds for commercial crime policies are available as well. By working with small businesses, attorneys, the general public, contractors and P&C insurance agents, Performance Surety Bonds ensures a fast and efficient service. Their service is personable and is provided through a personal agent or directly through them with their fast paperless and new system.

This paperless processing system is revolutionary in that it provides a better way to track and process surety and performance bonds. This electronic method allows these bonds to be processed within a day (or less). This not only speeds up the process, but keeps customers happy and coming back time and time again. This system also allows them to keep their files organized and up-to-date. Thus, a client can contact them with specific questions regarding their file and the agent can assist them immediately because of this new system. All agents are provided direct access to all copies of documents and records for each particular client.

A bonding agency such as Performance Surety Bonds works with a variety of different companies, businesses and individuals. This system allows them to provide the best service possible as well as increase efficiency while doing so. Managing bonds as well as providing expert knowledge on warranty bonds, reclamation bonds, maintenance bonds, payment bonds and contractor bonds are all additional features that Performance Surety Bonds can provide you too. This evaluation of risk will allow an estimation of terms to be created immediately and to process your bonds fast. This expedition makes Performance Surety Bonds a treasure within their industry.

For more information on surety bonds or any other bonds, contact Viking Bond Service at 1-888-2-SURETY or visit their official website with various information at Performancesuretybonds.com.

About Performance Surety Bonds/VBS Bonds: Performance surety bonds is a nationally-licensed agency that provides performance bonds (for contractors) and court bonds (such as guardianship, probate bonds and release of lien). They also handle surety bonds (for licenses and permits), commercial crime policies or fidelity bonds.

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Time Taken To Hire Shifts Dramatically Post-Lehman, Reveals Joslin Rowe

Joslin Rowe, the financial services recruitment specialist, has revealed in its latest salary review that the average time taken to find a new job within the financial services sector has increased by as much as 33 days since the demise of Lehman signalled the full impact of the credit crunch. This comes despite falling notice periods as a consequence of redundancies.

The new survey by Joslin Rowe analysed financial services recruitment times both pre-Lehman (Mar 08-Sept 08), and post-Lehman (Sept 08-Mar 09) as well as notice periods in the financial services sector within this time frame. The research, which formed part of Joslin Rowe’s new salary survey for financial services jobs, shows that companies have increased the length of recruitment processes including CV assessment, the number of interview rounds and the final decision time required, in a bid to cherry pick the very best candidates available on the market. A recruitment process that used to take, on average, 3 weeks in 2008 is now taking at least twice as long.

Tara Ricks, managing director of Joslin Rowe, explained that in addition to a larger than usual number of redundant candidates on the market who are immediately available, “City employers are also being incredibly flexible when members of staff choose to resign. It’s rare that 3 month notice periods are enforced now and even those on 4 weeks are often allowed to depart a week or so earlier. Within some departments it’s clearly a relief to move employees on and ease the pressure of salaries on the bottom line.”

Tara continued: “That said, in some disciplines there’s an opposite force at work. Compliance, risk and finance jobs are vital to ensure post-credit crunch stability and control – so it’s no surprise that time to hire has been least affected within these disciplines nor that financial services employers are keen to hang on to these members of staff for as much of their notice period as possible.”

However, the picture changes dramatically when looking at support roles such as HR, marketing and secretarial/administration. These positions have seen hiring times slow significantly. Secretarial jobs are suffering the most at up to 33 days more.

It’s not just banking jobs which have been impacted. Investment management firms have also seen big changes to hiring times, now with one of the longest time to hire processes within the market at 90 days. This is a consequence of the re-approval process that many firms have implemented – meaning that hires taking longer than 6-8 weeks must re-apply for budget sign off, in case the rapidly changing market no longer warrants the recruitment.

Temporary financial services recruitment has also shifted. Pre-Lehman, the average time to hire was 6 days but recently this has risen to 9 days. In fact, since September 15th some temporary positions are taking as long as 37 days to recruit for, especially within HR and office support.

Tara Ricks commented: “At the height of market conditions in 2007, we would sometimes place financial services candidates in a role on the same day it was released – a 24 hour recruitment turnaround. Now a week is more common. Certainly, tracking the time to hire of temporary staff is an excellent temperature gauge. If temporary recruiting speeds up it’s a strong indication the market is on the turn.”

About Joslin Rowe
Established in 1982, Joslin Rowe is one of the leading UK financial services recruitment firms in the UK. Joslin Rowe consultants, candidates and clients work together to achieve the best employment opportunities and long term relationships. Joslin Rowe recruits for Accountancy Jobs along with other financial services roles across London, Edinburgh and Glasgow including long-term contracts, temporary and permanent positions. Joslin Rowe is a Randstad company – the second largest HR services group globally.

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Small business accountants and Self Assessment tax return specialist, Wisteria has this week unveiled its new website

Edgware-based, London accountants and business plan experts, Wisteria has launched its brand new website.

The new site, wisteria.co.uk is packed with user-friendly content, useful tips, working tax calculators and business plan templates as well other tools for businesses of all stages (start-ups and established businesses). Wisteria’s services range from business planning, to Self Assessment tax returns, tax advice and accountancy work The new website showcases their qualified team’s experience and expertise in the areas that growth businesses require.

The new website makes finding the services that best suit your business fast and simple. Key business areas and products are broken down into manageable chunks. Users can select the profile that is right for their business and explore the range of specialist services Wisteria can offer.

Wisteria is expecting to continue enhancing their website with new interactive functionality and further informative content. Users are encouraged to contact info@wisteria.co.uk should they have suggestions to further improve the site.

For more information about Wisteria and their business plan writing, accounting and tax return service please contact Andrew Millet.

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Cpasitesolutions Announces A New Exchange Server Hosting For Accountants

CPASiteSolutions (www.cpasitesolutions.com) today announced the addition of a new Microsoft Exchange Server hosting service. This new service provides the advantage of the leading enterprise-level email solution to accountants at a fraction of the cost of a locally-managed Exchange Server.

According to Brian O’Connell, President of CPASiteSolutions, “email is becoming the number one communication tool for accountants and Microsoft Exchange is the number one email management systems for business.That’s why we are providing a low-cost, hosted solution for our clients.” To this end, CPASiteSolutions’ Exchange Hosting includes redundant email backups, full-featured spam and virus protection and complete access to mail through web browsers, desktops and mobile devices.

Along with email, CPASiteSolutions Exchange Hosting also provides full access to calendar and contact sharing, which allows users to exchange schedules and contact lists across their entire firm easily.

This new service starts at just $9.95 a month per mailbox and is available through CPASiteSolutions at any of their three service levels. Each service level also includes a professionally designed site, over 3,000 pages of content, secure, encrypted file transfer, and a full suite of online marketing services for CPA and Accounting Firms.

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Accounting firm Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP, has been listed as the 43rd largest firm in the nation

Accounting firm Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP, has been listed as the 43rd largest firm in the nation, as ranked in the March 17th issue of an independent trade publication, Accounting Today. Additionally, MBAF maintained its number one position as Florida’s largest independent public accounting firm and rose to the 5th largest firm in the Southeast.

Published annually, the Accounting Today Top 100 recognizes the nation’s largest accounting firms based on fiscal performance. The 2008 results were based upon responses collected from more than 220 firms across the country, which reflected the largest candidate pools to date. The listing is widely accepted as one of the most reliable barometers of both the changes and the growth of the profession.

The firm assumed the top spot based on 2007 net revenues of over $55 million, representing a 30% increase from the previous fiscal year-end and exceeding the Top 100 average industry growth rate of 11%.

“This has been a stellar year for Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra which has resulted in a strong financial showing,” said Tony Argiz, managing partner of MBAF.

According to the report, MBAF’s exceptional growth for the year can be directly attributed to the expansion of the firm’s client-focused offerings, among of which include the formalization of its Private Wealth Group, the launch of an anti-money-laundering consulting practice and a new office location in Boca Raton.

MBAF is ranked in the top 50 accounting firms in the nation and is the largest Florida-based CPA firm in the State. The firm has been ranked as “Best of the Best,” the list of the top 25 performing firms in the country, for 12 years. For more information, please visit www.mbafcpa.com.

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Wisteria Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors has appointed Nick Tagg as Head of Taxation Services

Wisteria are now offering a high quality Self Assessment Tax Return service, alongside their existing services which include accountancy services, tax compliance and planning, company secretarial services and business plans.

Nick Tagg, Wisteria’s new Head of Taxation Services brings with him a wealth of experience from his time working for a large accountancy firm in the City of London, in addition to working for the Inland Revenue (now HM Revenue and Customs).

As a result, Wisteria will be better placed to continue offering corporation tax advice and compliance services, VAT registration and VAT returns, inheritance tax planning and capital gains tax planning as well as an expert self assessment tax return service.

Andrew Millet, principal of Wisteria explains: “The skills that Nick Tagg brings with him means that Wisteria can now offer a wider range of tax compliance and tax advisory services, not widely available outside the larger accountancy practices. The increasing complexity of self assessment, corporation tax and inheritance tax means that a higher standard of advice is required. Nick’s arrival means that Wisteria now has the opportunity to work with clients that have very complex tax requirements.”

Wisteria’s tax services (including personal tax advice) are comprehensive and provide not only a full compliance service but also a thorough review of the client’s personal tax exposure with tax planning in mind. In addition, clients will receive an ongoing review of their affairs to ensure that all tax saving opportunities are exploited.

For more information in relation to Wisteria’s self assessment tax services, please visit http://www.wisteria.co.uk/?q=self-assessment-uk

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BalanceLogic – accounting & bookkeeping – Formed an Alliance with POCmarketing

Team Up To Provide More Comprehensive Services to Small and Medium-Sized Clients.

BalanceLogic LLC, a business support service provider for small and medium businesses has forged an alliance with POCmarketing, a full service marketing communications company. The partnership enhances both company’s services to help clients fill in the missing pieces of the business puzzle.

BalanceLogic focuses on providing the core business operational needs of small and medium size businesses – accounting & bookkeeping, IT support, HR, web design, and administrative services. The new partnership with POCmarketing adds marketing communications as the missing piece of puzzle for business growth.

“Our business support services enable our clients to concentrate on building their businesses, now we’re able to offer them marketing services to help them reach that next level of growth. After reviewing several companies, we find POCmarketing as the best fit for our clients” said Bill Campbell, President & CEO of BalanceLogic.

“We’re excited to become part of BalanceLogic’s network of business partners,” according to Molly Chen of POCmarketing. “Our clients are as aggressive as any business in growing a successful business. While our marketing services help them reach their goals quickly and cost-effectively, we want to make sure they are not slowed down by attending to time consuming day-to-day business needs such as bookkeeping and IT problems. BalanceLogic is a natural fit for us and for our client needs.”

About BalanceLogic, LLC
BalanceLogic LLC, is a provider of business support services to corporations and government agencies, with a strong focus of aligning business objectives. BalanceLogic, LLC offers the widest range of business support services by any single company. This powerful support force allows small businesses to gain a competitive edge over their competition. Our support force includes the following divisions; Financial Services, Technology Services, Web Services, Human Resources Services, & Administrative Services.

About POCmarketing
POCmarketing is a full service marketing communications company. Services provided include marketing strategies, collateral development, public relations, creative campaign, and web programs. The company helps small to mid-size businesses create and deploy high impact, high quality, yet practical and cost-effective marketing strategies.

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