In light of all that’s happened lately, it’s always nice to hear some positive news, and we’ve got some to share for the local businesses of Bristol.

A new bookkeeping business has opened up by Sri Lankan born, Nilusha Thayanthurage and she looks forward to helping businesses to get back on their feet in the coming months through help with their bookkeeping requirements.

“I was looking for more of a challenge in my career and after doing a lot of homework on different businesses, Rosemary Bookkeeping stood out as the one to invest in”, said Nilusha.

Nilusha gained a masters in Business Administration and started her career as an Accounts Clerk in Sri Lanka, going on to working for a bank and then in 2013 moved to the UK to help her husband with his business. After 8 years of assisting her husband in his business, Nilusha decided it was time to move on and run her own business.

As Nilusha has done bookkeeping for a lot of her working life she’s gained a passion for it and is looking forward to bringing that passion into her new Rosemary Bookkeeping business. Nilusha wants to start off by approaching local accounting firms and assisting them with their bookkeeping needs. After a few years of continual growth, Nilusha will look at expanding her workforce and bring on local bookkeepers from the Bristol area.

All of the bookkeepers in the Rosemary Bookkeeping network thrive on helping businesses with their bookkeeping in order to give them more time to grow their business, and Nilusha is no different.

I’m excited to welcome Nilusha to the Rosemary Network. Having experience running businesses in the past, Nilusha will be able to help small and medium enterprises in the Bristol area thrive. Nilusha has a great amount of knowledge, experience and ideas on how to develop her business and I’m looking forward to following and supporting her on her journey”, said Nina Ostasz, Rosemary Bookkeeping Brand Manager.

In light of what’s happening in the world, it’s always nice to hear some positive news, and we’ve got some to share for the local businesses of Stratford. A new bookkeeper is in town, Mohammad Hossain has started his own business in the Stratford area and he looks forward to helping businesses to get back on their feet in the coming months through help with their bookkeeping requirements.

“I decided on a Rosemary Bookkeeping business because I wanted to do my part in helping local businesses with their bookkeeping during and after the pandemic”, said Mohammad.

Mohammad has spent most of his professional working time as a Chartered Certified Accountant and also as a Bookkeeper for a number of Accounting and Audit Firms in London covering various small and medium corporations and in 2020 he decided it was time for a change. He decided to look into owning his own Bookkeeping business because this is the aspect of enthusiasm for his previous roles he most enjoyed. That’s why he came across the Rosemary Bookkeeping and thought it would be a great opportunity to join a national network of bookkeepers to have the help needed from the brand and other business owners.

All of the bookkeepers in the Rosemary Bookkeeping network thrive on helping businesses with their bookkeeping in order to give them more time to grow their business, and Mohammad is no different.

“I’m really pleased to welcome Mohammad to our Rosemary Bookkeeping Network. With all the experience, fantastic attitude and strive to develop his business Mohammad is a great addition to our network of bookkeepers and will be a great support and asset for local Stratford companies. I’m very excited to work with Mohammad and follow his journey to thrive.”, said Nina Ostasz, Rosemary Bookkeeping Brand Manager.

In these unprecedented times, you, like many others around the world may be feeling a little low in spirits. Things may seem a little gloomy but there are rays of positivity shining through.  

I’ve put together a little blog on some of the lovely things which I’ve seen in the last few days in the hope of sharing a little happiness.  

Rainbows Pictures Springing up in Windows 

The trend started online, following the closure of UK schools on Friday 20th March.  

With the view of “spreading hope” the rainbows also provide a lovely bit of positivity for when you are out and about during your daily exercise. If you’re out for a walk / run / cycle, see how many are around in your area.  

Balcony Singing, Italy

You’ve more than likely seen some of the balcony singing taking place throughout Italy recently.  

Here’s one of the best video’s I’ve seen of music bringing people together, boosting morale and staying positive.  

Fortunately for my neighbours, I won’t be recreating this anytime soon! 

 

 

Connecting More  

 Last week I downloaded the “House Party” app. It’s essentially a video call app with function for multiple participants. It’s less formal than other video calling platforms such as Microsoft Teams and really simple to use. My family all enjoyed a drink and a catch up together on Mother’s Day via the app with extended family from further away too. Something which we most likely wouldn’t have done without the social distancing measures in place. Somehow, I think we all feel the need to connect even more with people at the moment.  

Support for our NHS workers 

On Thursday 26th March, Lincoln Cathedral will glow blue as a mark of support to our amazing NHS workers: 

This will be followed by the Nationwide “Clap for our Carers” campaign at 8pmWhereby, people across the UK can clap from their gardens, front doors and balconies to show their support and give thanks to doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists and other NHS staff, working tirelessly to help those affected by the coronavirus. 

Supermarkets are already showing their gratitude to NHS workers such as in this clip from Tesco in Swansea, where staff applauded and gave flowers during designated NHS staff shopping hour. 

 

And finally, a brilliant video of staff at Basildon NHS keeping themselves motivated in these challenging times… 

 

 

 

Here at Rosemary Bookkeeping Newbury & Basingstoke, we are proud to support and share the amazing achievement by our very own April Fost.

April set herself a challenge at the start fo the year to complete 12 running events through the year. The events were varied and included the particularly challenging Snowdonia Marathon in October.

Aprils story…

“So I started the year with a goal to run 12 events, this was my challenge, for those who know me I said I would NEVER run a marathon…..Yet I have decided not only to do a marathon but a wonderfully hilly one as my first. This is in memory of my Nanny Emmie who sadly passed away just over 3 years ago after a battle with Alzheimers and Dementia. I hope she would be looking down proudly, but more likely she would be thinking are you absolutely crazy, but then I definitely got some of my crazy from her :-D”

April’s 12 events were:

1. Rough and Tumble – 10 mile – Trail 
2. Burghclere Fun Run – 5k – Trail/Rd 
3. Winchester – 10k – Road 
4. Windsor/Eton – 13.1 mile – Road 
5. Hi-5 Swings & Smiles – 13.1 miles 
6. Jurassic Coast – 10k – Trail 
7. Hurstbourne Tarrant – 5 mile – Trail
8. Farnham Pilgram – 13.1 miles – Trail
9. Winchester – 13.1 miles – Road 
10. Oxford – 13.1 miles – Road 
11. Snowdonia – 26.2 miles – Road 
12. Arundelle – 7 hour timed event – Ultra 31.5 miles – Track

And she raised a total of £920.00.

Read Aprils story here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/april-fost

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SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises with 0-249 employees) make up 99.9% of UK businesses, meaning they’re the heart of the UK economy, so we’ve put together some small business management tips to help all succeed.

1. Invest in Marketing

The world we live in is a competitive one, with the internet making it easier to build a business.

As a rule of thumb, you should keep 10% of your revenue aside for marketing if you’re a startup SME and want to push your way into the crowded market place. If you’re an established SME then 5% of your revenue is sufficient enough.

Don’t ever think that because you’re established in the market you don’t need to spend any money on marketing, your market share will reduce dramatically.

Always have a marketing plan.

Here are a few marketing channels your company can invest in:

  • Facebook/Instagram Ads
  • PPC ads using Google
  • Online content marketing
  • Renting a stand at an exhibition
  • Network marketing and referrals

Use these channels from day one to build brand attention. loyalty and anticipation.

2. Invest in Employee Training

New employees are going to need to learn the ins and outs of the business quickly yet efficiently and investing in employee training will assist with this.

As well as new employees, make sure your existing ones have exactly the same training, even if they’ve been with you for a good few years.

Put together a training plan for all of your employees, you can find one specific for new employees on inc.com.

Sufficient staff training can benefit your business massively, here are a few benefits:

  • Improved employee performance
  • Improved employee satisfaction and morale
  • Being able to address weaknesses and accommodate these accordingly
  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce employee turnover
  • Gives you the ability to delegate certain tasks

There are many more reasons why employee training is vital to your business and you can find out more here.

3. Separate Personal and Business Finances

If you’re completing all of your bookkeeping yourself and mixing your personal and business expenses together then you’re making things a lot harder.

You would have to sit and sift through hundreds of receipts and separate them into business and personal, we can guarantee you haven’t got time for that.

If you initially keep them separate, then this is something you won’t need to do and will give you time to do other important tasks.

When the tax return deadline comes around, if you’re organised and have split your business and personal expenses, then you’re more likely to pay the right amount of tax for your business.

4. Schedule Meetings With Yourself

This may sound a bit crazy but you should schedule meetings with yourself to set time aside to make important business decisions and plan for future growth.

Remember, you’re the one responsible for the success or failure of your business, you’re the one your employees will come to for guidance, and if you don’t run a tight, well-organised ship, then your business will sink.

So every week book a meeting room for 30 minutes to an hour to take yourself away from your office. A different environment will take you out of your routine, help with creative thinking and productivity.

5. Get Professional Help

Don’t be scared to ask for help with certain tasks like your bookkeeping or maybe even marketing for your business there are always other SMEs out there willing to help.

One of the most time-consuming tasks in business is your bookkeeping and this can take you away from growing your business.

Remember, no one is an expert at everything, therefore, don’t try to be and ask for help with certain tasks.

 

Why do your bookkeeping yourself when you can pass this task on to a professional bookkeeping service like Rosemary Bookkeeping?

For more details on our bookkeeping services for your SMEs, find your nearest Rosemary Bookkeeping business and we’ll be able to assist with any queries.

 

 

 

 

Having worked in finance for 15 years and a CIMA qualified accountant, Fiona Perks decided to take the leap into running her own bookkeeping business, which with the help from Rosemary Bookkeeping, became a reality.

Rosemary Bookkeeping Wyre Forest

“I can’t wait to get started and help local business to get their books organised,” said Fiona.

One of the main reasons that Fiona wanted a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise was because she wanted a better work-life balance, especially with a young family at home.

Fiona is motivated and very keen to grow her business and hopes to be able to offer flexible working options in the Wyre Forest area.

“I received nothing but positivity when in talks with Rosemary Bookkeeping at the start and everything just naturally fell into place”.

Sujay Patel, Rosemary Bookkeeping Network Support Manager added;

“I’m excited to see Fiona kicking off her Rosemary journey with a potential client already in the pipeline.”

If you’re looking for a bookkeeping specialist in the Wyre Forest area, contact Fiona Perks today at fionaperks@rosemarybooks.co.uk.

Find your local Rosemary bookkeeper here.

ServiceMaster has over 300 franchisees operating in close to 700 licensed areas under its brands, including Merry Maids, ServiceMaster Clean, Rosemary Bookkeeping, TruGreen Professional LawnCare and Furniture Medic.  Rosemary Bookkeeping has been recognised as a leading franchise opportunity in the Elite Franchise Top 100 franchises in the United Kingdom.

At Rosemary Bookkeeping Newbury & Basingstoke, we are pleased to say we are Quickbooks Making Tax Digital Certified.

If you need to get ready for Making Tax Digital and don’t know where to start, what it means, or if it applies to you?

Get in touch today and we can arrange a free bookkeeping health check and see how we can help with Making Tax Digital.

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Steve Brown, winner of the BFA’s Olderpreneus Award, was featured in an article in the FT Money section on Saturday 17th February.

Read the article here:

https://www.ft.com/content/183a52a6-d9b6-11e6-944b-e7eb37a6aa8e

Neeta Patel attended a BFA sponsored  franchise exhibition and was curious when the name Rosemary Bookkeeping kept being mentioned. Being a qualified Management Accountant she was initially researching Accountancy franchises but her curiosity won and she looked the Rosemary Franchise website and booked in for a Discovery Event.

Having worked in industry for all of her working life, Neeta was seeking to find the ideal work/life balance following the birth of her son. She wanted to work – working with numbers was something that always interested her – but she also wanted to spend quality time with her son. A traditional 9-5 role didn’t fit this bill so when she was made redundant in November 2015 this was the ideal opportunity to search for the right position for her, hence her visiting a franchise exhibition.

“In 12 months’ time I want to have established myself as a reputable bookkeeper in my area of Northampton and to have built up a sizeable business whereby I can begin to employ staff and turn my role into a more management position”.

The Rosemary BookkeepingTM franchise responds to the increasing need in the UK for an affordable, professional bookkeeping service that supports both the client and the accountant. Neeta will be working in harmony with her clients’ accountants, providing them with exactly what they need in the format they want saving his clients’ time and money.

The franchise is based on a business concept that has been established and refined since 2002, providing a unique bookkeeping system within a fully supported franchise package. Neeta will be able to obtain great flexibility and the potential for a superb work-life balance, that will allow her to juggle her new business whilst looking after the family home with her husband and child.

The Founding Partners have over 60 years of business and bookkeeping experience between them in the essential business disciplines of accounting, operations, sales and marketing.  As an Associate Member of the bfa, Rosemary Bookkeeping has a proven ability to sustain a franchise network successfully.

Rosemary Bookkeeping has recently opened up more territory opportunities in the Midlands, North of England and South East. For more information please call 0345 8620072 or visit our website www.rosemaryfranchise.co.uk.

A  former IT specialist, who now runs a bookkeeping business in Newbury, was named  Olderpreneur Franchisee Of The Year, at the British  Franchise Association’s 2016 BFA HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards ceremony, held at Town Hall Birmingham last night (September 29th).

Steve Brown said: “I am proud, delighted and a little shocked – it’s great to be recognised for your success – as well as having a sustainable business which I can pass on to my family in years to come.”

Pip Wilkins, bfa chief executive, said: “Steve’s shown the ability and resilience to overcome many challenges. From leaving a corporate environment and starting his own business, to managing that business while caring for his wife, his calm head and steadfast approach has translated into a fast-growing business – and now a national award as well.”

Andrew Brattesani, UK head of franchising for HSBC, commented: “While running his business and helping his daughter with hers, Steve’s still found time to put new ideas into the wider network for the benefit of his fellow Rosemary Bookkeeping franchisees. He’s a brilliant example of how in franchising, experience is highly valued and no age limit applies.”

Steve took over the Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise six years ago, and since then he has seen turnover increase by 37% per annum; client numbers have almost doubled since 2012 and one client is a company with a turnover of £5m.

“We are so proud of the success Steve and his daughter TJ have achieved and we will continue to support and guide them in growing their business even further” says Lisa Curteis, Recruitment Director Rosemary Bookkeeping Ltd.

Rosemary Bookkeeping has released more territories in the UK so please contact us on 0345 862 0072 to find out more information.

Rosemary Bookkeeping has a network of Franchise Partners  across the UK who all have bookkeeping clients.

The Worthing office is looking for a part time, experienced bookkeeper to provide support to one of the Franchise Partners. A small business with big ambitions, this exciting role will suit an experienced bookkeeper looking for a varied role with the flexibility and identity that a small company environment provides.

Role includes but is not limited to – Undertaking bookkeeping for various clients

Job Specification

  • Part time ad hoc hours to suit
  • Work from home (ideally based in the Worthing area)

Experience required

  • Previous proven bookkeeping experience essential and able to work to deadlines
  • Sage experience essential, Quick Books and Xero desirable
  • Must be IT literate and good MS Office knowledge

Needs to have

  • Space in own home to work – preferably a home office
  • Up to date computer and printer (must be protected by an approved anti-virus software and a minimum configuration of Windows 7, MS Office) we will provide the necessary bookkeeping software
  • Clean full driving licence

Personal Attributes

  • Friendly, personable
  • Excellent interpersonal/communications skills
  • Analytical/logical
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to work to a deadline
  • Not afraid to ask questions

If you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail please call Sheila on 01903 680238 or email her sheilamartakies@rosemarybooks.co.uk.

Steve Brown of Rosemary Bookkeeping Newbury is a finalist in the Olderpreneur of the Year category of the BFA’s Franchisee of the Year Awards.

Steve started his bookkeeping business in 2010 with his daughter, TJ Sutherland, who operates  the Basingstoke territory.

He says: “I was working long hours in IT as a global business support manager in a pressurised environment and my daughter was looking to go back to work after having her daughter. We both wanted to achieve a better work/life balance.

Teamwork

“Since 2010 our business has grown extensively and we now have two full-time and three part-time members of staff. TJ and I work as a team, but each has key roles, with individual responsibility for our own territory and the clients within our territories. “Having grown the business, we now are able to take a back seat in relation to actually doing the processing and focus more on managing and growing the business. “One of my key aims at the start of the franchise was that I wanted to build a sustainable business to pass down to my children and grandchildren and support the local community. Rosemary Bookkeeping has helped me to fulfil this ambition and I hope that in our next term with Rosemary perhaps I can retire. “I am extremely proud to be a finalist in the British Franchise Association awards. It shows that even with age you can achieve great things.”

Affordable

The Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise responds to the increasing need in the UK for an affordable, professional bookkeeping service that supports both the client and the accountant. It’s based on a business concept that has been established and refined since 2002, providing a bookkeeping system within a fully supported franchise package. The franchise is run by two successful business women, Joanna Dennis and Lisa Curteis, who have over 50 years of business and bookkeeping experience between them. As an associate member of the bfa, Rosemary Bookkeeping has a proven ability to grow and sustain a franchise network.

Goska Dabrowski, as a child, moved around  the world with her family – from Poland to Germany and finally settling in  South Africa where she married and had her children.

In 2014 the family decided to relocate to the UK. Whilst on a business trip to the UK, Goska’s hsusband, Jan,  saw an article featuring Rosemary Bookkeeping in a franchise magazine. Being a bookkeeper, with 14 years of experience, after reading the article Goska knew that this was the perfect opportunity for her.

Settling in Bournemouth Goska continued with her due diligence on Rosemary Bookkeeping and after speaking to some existing franchise partners and meeting the Head Office team decided to join the franchise.

She hopes that the wealth of experience she has built up with ensure that she effectively support and guide her clients by offering a efficient and professional bookkeeping experience.

Rosemary BookkeepingTM franchise responds to the increasing need in the UK for an affordable, professional bookkeeping service that supports both the client and the accountant. Goska will be working in harmony with her clients’ accountants, providing them with exactly what they need in the format they want saving his clients’ time and money.

The franchise is based on a business concept that has been established and refined since 2002, providing a unique bookkeeping system within a fully supported franchise package. Goska will be able to obtain great flexibility and the potential for a superb work-life balance, that will allow her to juggle her new business whilst looking after the family home with her husband and children.

The franchise is run by 2 successful entrepreneur business women, Joanna Dennis, Lisa Curteis who have over 50 years of business and bookkeeping experience between them. As an Associate Member of the bfa, Rosemary Bookkeeping has a proven ability to grow and sustain a franchise network.

Rosemary Bookkeeping has recently opened up more territory opportunities in the Midlands, North of England and South East. For more information please call 0345 8620072.

We’re looking for more Franchise Partners  to join our growing network. Why not take the Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise Partner quiz to see if you’ve got what it takes.

  • Do you want to choose the hours you work?
  • Are you ambitious?
  • Do you want to be your own boss?
  • Do you have drive and determination?
  • Can you delegate and manage people?
  • Can you follow a proven system?
  • Are you looking for a business with growth potential?

If you answered yes to 5 or more of the above, then Rosemary Bookkeeping could be the franchise opportunity you’ve been looking for.

Rosemary Bookkeeping delivers intelligent bookkeeping services to SMEs, accountants and franchisors ensuring consistency of delivery and high-quality work. We enable clients to make decisions on their businesses and give peace of mind that HMRC will be happy. With a market of over four million businesses in the UK, we know that our services are in demand and valued by business owners who are looking to spend time building their businesses. Our franchise is based on a unique business concept that has been established and refined since 2002 providing a bookkeeping system within a fully supported franchise package.

Shape your future

Not only will we support you in setting up and running your business, we offer three entry levels to reflect the added training and support we provide at the higher entry levels. We know that everyone has different goals and skillsets which is why our entry levels vary depending on your goals, aspirations and experience.

  • Associate Franchise Partner – £8,970
  • Franchise Partner – £16,970
  • Managing Franchise Partner – £21,970

In the progression from Franchise Partner to Managing Franchise Partner you will receive even more training and expert advice on growing your team to help you develop your business even further.

By offering these entry levels, we give you a process of managed progression to allow qualified professionals a lower entry level with vast opportunities to grow at your own pace and when the time is right within our extensive support structure.

Please contact us today if you’re ready to become a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchisee.