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CPA Site Solutions Named to 2010 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies

CPA Site Solutions, a provider of CPA websites, was just named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list, a compendium of the fastest growing private companies in America.

“I’ve wanted to make Inc. Magazine’s list since I was 16 and dreaming of being a successful entrepreneur,” comments Brian O’Connell, President of CPA Site Solutions.  “Thirty years later my dream came true – and I owe it all to our fabulous team for making it possible,” O’Connell adds.

CPA Site Solutions was honored as the 1313th fastest growing private company in America , with an extraordinary three-year growth rate of 223%.

“On the heels of an excellent year, CPA Site Solutions is poised for future growth,” continues O’Connell. “Technology and Web-based services are increasingly important in the accounting field. We truly enjoy providing accountants with the fully loaded websites they need to excel in today’s environment.”

An Innovative Company in a Small State

CPA Site Solutions was founded in Winooski , Vermont , in 1999 by Brian and Kathy O’Connell, CPA. It was the first company to be devoted solely to websites for accountants.

The small company with 16 employees was named the 3rd fastest growing company in Vermont .

“We’re very proud to be a leader among small businesses in Vermont ,” says O’Connell. “We love this state, and we find it an excellent place to run a successful company while enjoying work-life balance.”

The Inc. 5000 Distinction

The Inc. 5000 list, produced by Inc. Magazine, represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music website Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery, and Radio Flyer – maker of the iconic children’s red wagon – are among the prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

“The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”

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Brookson Introduce New Specialist Services

Brookson have further enhanced their service offering in a number of key areas, with an Overseas Service, Legal Services, Company Secretarial and Tax and Accountancy Services.

Accountants Brookson understand their customers can bring with them a totally unique portfolio of circumstances that affect the way they operate. By providing access a comprehensive range of services that may be needed throughout the journey as a self-employed individual.

The Specialist Company Secretarial Service will assist Limited company customers with the maintenance of statutory records and registers, use of a registered address and a host of other services.

Their specialist tax and accountancy service recognises that everyone has different levels of complexity when it comes to tax and accountancy needs, with their professionally qualified in-house specialists on hand to help. Matt Fryer Tax manager at Brookson comments “This service ensures that Brookson is a “one stop shop” for all customers’ tax and accountancy needs, whether related to their self-employed business or not.”

Brookson’s specialist Overseas Services will be a comprehensive set of services provided to meet increasing demand for advice relating to working outside the UK. This specialist service allows customers to take care of their continuing UK tax and accountancy obligations as well as introducing them to a business partner who will provide a compliant overseas solution. With the current economic climate encouraging more self employed freelance professionals to consider projects outside of the UK, the government is intent on tightening the tax regime covering overseas work, therefore making it even more essential than ever to seek professional advice.

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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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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.


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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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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CPASiteSolutions, leading provider of websites for accountants, announces a new Google Analytics service

CPASiteSolutions has recently announced the addition of a new marketing service to their Internet marketing services for accountants: the installation, maintenance and coaching in the use of the Google Analytics website statistics system.

According to Brian O’Connell, President of CPASiteSolutions, “while CPASiteSolutions websites are already a powerful marketing tool for accountants and CPA’s, with the Google Analytics system, it becomes even more powerful.” CPASiteSolutions’ clients can now easily and closely track their users’ activity on their website and use that information to optimize their web marketing campaigns.

Along with the installation of this new tool, CPASiteSolutions clients receive expert coaching on the use of the Google Analytics tool and in interpreting the usage data it generates.

This new service is included with the Platinum level service, which also includes a professionally designed website, over 3,000 pages of content, secure encrypted file transfer, email hosting, and a full suite of online marketing services for CPA and Accounting Firms.

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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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Welcome to EPR Accounting News

EPR Accounting News is a new blog, part of EPR Network, that is going to be focused on and will be covering the accounting news and stories from press releases published on EPR Network.

EPR Network (EPR stands for express press release) is one of the nation’s largest press release distribution networks on Web. The EPR’s nationwide network includes 12 State based PR sites, one major PR forum and a number of industry specific PR blogs and what started as a hobby on Internet years ago turned out to be a rapidly growing business today. EPR Network is also known as one of the most trusted (human optimized, published, edited and monitored, spam/scam/low quality PR content free) PR sites on the web with more than 10,000 company and individual press releases distributed per month. EPR Network is putting your press releases on top of all major search engines’ results and is reaching thousands of individuals, companies, PR specialists, media professionals, bloggers and journalists every day.

EPR Network has thousands of clients around the world including global 500 corporations like Hilton Hotels, Barclays Bank, AXA Insurance, Tesco UK, eBay/Skype, Emirates, just to name a few. The network’s PR web sites are currently reaching from 150,000 to sometimes 500,000 unique visitors per month while our viral reach could possibly go to as much as 1M people per month through our presence across various social media sites. EPR Network was established in 2004 and as of May 2008 it had more than 800,000 press releases (pages) published on its network.

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