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Ambitious Startups

Are you an ambitious individual who is starting a new and exciting business venture? If so we would love to work with you.

We want to engage with people who have a big dream, a determination to grow and value great service. We want to make sure all the legal stuff is dealt with, but more importantly, we want to help you fulfil your goals and ambitions.

Today’s business environment is fast-moving, complex, and highly competitive. As a business owner you need to sell your products and services, as well as market your business, and manage your finances, HR and administration whilst keeping your business on the right track and the taxman happy! The list of jobs is endless!

We’ve helped hundreds of ambitious business startups, like you, to fulfil their dreams. At Friend & Grant we focus our attention on you, the business owner, 100% of the time. For example:

  • We work with you to understand your business and personal goals using our unique One Page Business Plan. Understanding your destination means we can finely tune the services you’ll need.
  • We’ll make sure the business is set up correctly first time, selecting the right legal entity and registering you with the right authorities.
  • We know every startup needs a little extra help; that’s why you’ll have unlimited telephone and email support.
  • We’re cloud accounting experts: Xero, Quickbooks, and Sage cloud accounting software and systems. The Making Tax Digital (MTD) regulations, which are coming soon, mean that starting with cloud accounting is essential.
  • We’ll help with raising finance, whether that’s applying for grants or introducing you to bankers and specialist lenders.
  • We’ll advise you how to reduce the tax burden, making sure you pay the legal minimum.
  • We’ll work with you to identify the risks in your business, making sure you minimise them.

We’ll explain all of this in our initial discovery meeting and through our clear proposal system. We work on a monthly fixed fee, agreed at the outset. This includes free support calls and emails, and aids cash flow.

As you start your business journey, selecting an equally ambitious accountancy firm is crucial to your success.

Ready to talk? You can call us on 01634 731390 or complete our online contact form to arrange a meeting. Our 60 minute Discovery Meeting, which demonstrates how we can help you achieve your goals, is free of charge.

Even if you’ve already launched your new venture, we’ve a free Business Startup Guide that you can download. It’s packed with great advice on finance, tax and accounting.

If you’re not ready to have a chat right now, then why not register for our Business Startup Email Programme, which we’ll roll out to you over the coming week free of charge with our compliments? The only cost to you is your email address so that we can send you the links.

Apex Education Training A Case Study
Karen Maynard Dartford

4 ½ years ago, Karen Maynard started her company Apex Education Training; she wanted an accountant that she could trust and work with her from the beginning.  She found Friend & Grant on a Google search and met with Mark.  As Apex Education Training was a start-up business, Friend & Grant helped establish the right legal structure and got all of the accounting systems & processes in place. Karen was very pleased to get this help right at the beginning.

Karen says “I’m an organised person & I’m good at knowing what is happening in my business. I’m naturally curious and I want to know how everything works. But I know my limitations when it comes to accountancy!”

“When you start a business there’s so much to think about and whilst I knew my company, I was aware that I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I relied on Mark to point me in the right direction, challenge me, help me and stop me doing something illegal or that would cost me a lot of money.”

Mark has been alongside since Apex Education Training incorporated and with his advice, help and support, it’s gone from strength to strength. The back-up team at Friend & Grant are great too – always ready to help when I have a question.

“As my company continues to expand and develop, I’ll be working even closer with Mark to identify more improvements that I can make so my business continually improves, generates more income and pays less tax!

Andrew Lawrence
Riverside Underwriting Ltd Maidstone

“I can’t remember exactly how I came across Friend & Grant, but I’m glad I did. I needed some urgent tax advice as I was exiting a company. Jan the tax partner, was just brilliant.

“So when it was time to venture out on my own, Friend & Grant seemed the obvious solution to my accountancy needs. I started working with Andrew and Questor Insurance was set up in 2007. On our first day we sold 10 policies and I’m proud to say that we have sold at least one policy every day since 4 August 2007.

“We’ve moved premises, now have 26 staff and have grown considerably in the past 11 years. Andrew has helped us with my three companies and is currently working on a group structure that is just what we’re after.

“I couldn’t justify a part-time let alone a full time Finance Director for the first few years and so relied on Andrew, Jan and the Friend & Grant team to help me with anything financial. We built great systems, have our accounting in the cloud, and now we’ve a financial controller; Dale.

“Dale and Scott (at Friend & Grant), work closely together on the day to day technical and compliance work. We outsource our Payroll to Friend & Grant because as an employer, that’s one thing you can’t afford to get wrong!!

“I work closely with Andrew and continue to value the advice, support, pre-planning and especially the specific tax & remuneration planning. Friend & Grant manage my personal tax affairs and whilst I’m on the ball with money and understand what’s needed, I do need a few nudges to get my paperwork in on time. Perhaps this year I will be earlier…….”

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