Josie Smith MCIPP, FIAB, FICB

Managing Director

  • Qualifications:
  • In Practice fellow of International Association of Bookkeepers.
  • In Practice fellow of Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.
  • Diploma in Advanced Payroll Management.
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals.
  • Experience:
  • Over 30 years experience in bookkeeping and payroll.
  • Training in bookkeeping and payroll.
  • Set up Accounts Matters Ltd 2005.

Lyndsey Beckett FCCA

Accountant

  • Qualifications:
  • Qualified Accountant (Fellow of the ACCA).
  • Experience:
  • Year end accounts, Personal and Company tax returns, Management Accounts, Business Planning and Cashflow Forecasts.
  • Joined Accounts Matters in 2014.

Esther Ward MCIPP

Payroll Manager

  • Qualifications:
  • Degree in Advanced Payroll Management MCIPP.
  • A-levels in Business Studies and ICT.
  • Joined Accounts Matters in 2008.

Margaret Armitt ACIPP

Payroll Technician of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals

  • Qualifications:
  • Payroll Bureau and Administration
  • Joined Accounts Matters in 2014

Leonie Clare

Bookkeeping

  • Qualifications:
  • Level 4 AAT
  • Bookkeeping
  • Joined Accounts Matters in 2015.

Latest News

  1. Making Tax Digital

    “During this Parliament, HMRC will make fundamental changes to the way the tax system works — transforming tax administration so it is more effective, more efficient and easier for taxpayers” says David Gauke MP on behalf of the Treasury - http://bit.ly/1T1bai2








    This will be achieved by the government embracing the ‘Digital Revolution’ which they believe has already successfully transformed the face of UK business in other ways. It will apparently do away with unnecessary form filling and bureaucracy and avoid time delays and errors in reporting and information processing.

    In reality, it will provide HMRC with real time information so they can calculate and collect tax due more cost effectively and avoid the challenges they face collecting tax retrospectively which risks arrears building up which can easily become unaffordable.

    However, we do see advantages for the taxpayers as well. Especially how this will help with budgeting as it will be easier to see how much is due at any one time, the fact that all your tax and VAT accounts can be viewed all in one place without having to go from department to department and that a bi-product will mean you have better financial information at your fingers tips to help grow your business (e.g. through improved bookkeeping processes).

    For many small businesses though, meeting the Government’s Digital Tax requirements will require an investment in new systems, processes and associated training; a significant shift away from manual or inadequate bookkeeping systems to electronic systems that integrate seamlessly with HMRC’s new digital platforms.

    However, do not fear. Accounts Matters will provide all the expertise, support and training you will need to help you manage this transition as painlessly and cost effectively as possible. We will also help you develop the new processes and systems you will need and make sure they are used to add value within your business rather than just to meet HMRC compliance obligations.

    The better the quality of financial information you have, the more effective is your budgeting, costs control and exploiting opportunities that arise.


  2. National Minimum Wage Rates rise in April 2017 That time of year is fast approaching as the new rates take affect 1 April 2017. So how will it affect my business?
    • Workers aged 25 and over entitled to the National Living Wage will see a rise from £7.20 to £7.50 per hour
    • Workers aged 21 to 24 see a rise in their National Minimum Wage from £6.95 to £7.05 per hour
    • Workers aged 18 to 20 rise from £5.55 to £5.60 per hour
    • For 16-17 year olds their rate rises from £4.00 to £4.05 per hour
    • For those entitled to the apprentice rate their wage rises from £3.40 to £3.50 per hour
    The additional challenge that small businesses face though, which the Government don’t seem to acknowledge, is what to do with the pay rate of those not on minimum wage that see the differential between their wage rate and those on the minimum wage rate diminish? It is hard to explain to those, not on minimum wage, that they are not facing a pay cut! If you need any help with managing the transition to these new rates then please contact us on 01524 61688 or by using our CONTACT FORM


  3. Auto Enrolment. Surely it won’t happen
    ....Oh yes it will!
    ....Oh no it won’t
    ....Oh yes it will!

    The year ahead will bring changes for many of us who employ staff because for small businesses the dreaded Auto Enrolment staging date is looming nearer by the month!

    However, we are pleased to inform you that we have been preparing the groundwork for our payroll clients and we have arranged a seminar for Thursday 15 January 2015 at 2.00pm in our office, which we would encourage you to attend, to hear what your responsibilities are as an employer, in relation to having a work-place pension in place by your staging date.For anyone reading this who is not yet a client of Accounts Matters, please feel free to come along too. We will be very pleased to see you.

    At the seminar we will explain what our role will be as your payroll service provider, administering your pension through your payroll and we will also introduce you to the Independent Financial Adviser we have chosen to partner with, who can help you through the many hoops you will need to jump through.

    Please contact us for more details of this seminar and book your place early to avoid disappointment.

    You can let us know you are coming using facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/events/480027032135169/

    The auto enrolment work-place pension won’t go away, so please attend the seminar and let us help you get this sorted.


  4. Accounts Matters : Plenty to Shout About We are delighted to announce that Esther Ward, has won the "Rising Star Award" in the prestigious Payroll World Awards 2014.
  5. Below, are the comments made by the judges at the Awards Event as to why they chose Esther as THE WINNER.

    “‘Esther has taken over the payroll bureau in an accountancy practice single-handedly and is currently on track to complete her Payroll Foundation Degree this summer. All this has been achieved in only a few short years, with Esther having only entered payroll in 2011.

    It is a credit to her that senior colleagues already rely on her work. She is organised and thorough, while also having excellent client relationship skills. Judges wish Esther well on her upcoming challenge of auto-enrolment, which she has been undertaking considerable training for.

    Having amassed so much knowledge and responsibility in such a short time she really is a rising star in our industry’”.
    We nominated Esther into the “Rising Stars” Payroll World Awards in the early summer.

    This was the category for someone who hasn’t worked in payroll for more than three years, yet has shown themselves to be very able to undertake the work in a very professional and timely manner.

    We had been told a few weeks ago that Esther was a Finalist, and she was invited to the Awards Ceremony in London last week. However, she wasn’t able to go due the imminent delivery of her baby, so Josie went to the ceremony in Esther’s place.

    There were over 450 payroll people present at the very prestigious award dinner last week at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel, and several categories of awards were presented. It was with a sense of great satisfaction that Esther’s name was announced as the overall winner in her category. Esther has also recently completed her Foundation Degree in Advanced Payroll Management through the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, and she will graduate in early November for that qualification.

    As Esther is now on Statutory Maternity Leave until next summer, we have pleasure in letting everyone know that Margaret is undertaking the work of our payroll bureau during Esther’s break. Margaret is well qualified and able to ‘hold the fort’ until Esther’s return, so all our payroll clients will continue to receive excellent service.

    Please feel free to call in at our offices to meet Margaret, so she can put a face to a name when working with your payroll.

    As always, the kettle is on the boil and we would love to see you anytime you’re passing.

  6. Accounts Matters Congratulations We are delighted to announce that our colleague, Esther Ward, has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Payroll World Awards 2014.

    “Awards honours individuals and teams for outstanding achievement and pioneering work within the payroll industry”.
    Esther has already packed her bag (don’t forget your calculator!) ready for the award ceremony at the Grange, St Paul’s Hotel, London, on 23 October 2014.

    This comes on the back of Esther’s hard work and dedication with her studies having just learned that she has also successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Advanced Payroll Management and will graduate in November.

    Esther says:
    “I have enjoyed my studies and it is great to learn and develop new skills and to use them to add real value to our customers”
    Awards and qualifications are so important to our Accounts Matters team, as they underline our commitment to provide a first class service to our customers supported by properly experienced and qualified staff.
  7. Accounts Matters Welcomes Lyndsey to the Team We are delighted to let you know that Lyndsey Beckett joined Accounts Matters in April of this year and has quickly settled in to become a vital part of our team.

    Lyndsey, a Qualified Accountant, has many years of experience helping businesses and not-for profit organisations meet their accounting and tax obligations.

    Lyndsey says
    “It is refreshing to join a business that values their staff and wants to provide an affordable, high quality service to their customer”.
    Lyndsey’s appointment underlines Accounts Matters’ commitment to supporting its owner managed and not-for-profit clients, with a broad range of accountancy and tax services to help them better manage their finances.

    As well as meeting rules and regulations with filing annual accounts and tax returns, Lyndsey is also able to provide much broader range of financial management services that include management accounts, business plans, budgets and cashflow forecasts.

    Linking this with our book keeping, payroll, VAT compliance services, and our dedication to providing first class customer service, using only suitably qualified and experienced staff at very competitive prices, means we are a one stop shop to our clients for all their accounting and book keeping needs.

    A bit about Lyndsey

    Qualifications:

    Qualified Accountant (Fellow of the ACCA)

    Work Experience:

    Year end accounts Personal and Company tax returns Management Accounts Business Planning and Cashflow Forecasts

    Specialisms:

    Owner managed or family run limited companies, sole traders and partnerships Not-for-profit organisations and Charities

    Interests:

    Trustee of a local Charity Crafts, bakery and cookery Badminton and fell walking Playing Clarinet

    Did you know.....

    Lyndsey once had a cat that went missing for 3 years before being found and also wore trainers to her wedding! My top tip “Cash is king” - you should therefore always know how much you have, how much you need and when you will need it!