Our monthly or quarterly management accounts service is specifically for business owners and senior management. This is a stand-alone service and does not require a client to change accountants – for interested business owners their current accountants / auditors can still do the annual accounts / audit / tax returns. We can of course however supply a quotation for the year end accounts / audit if required.
Management accounts is a set of summarised accounting data (balance sheet, profit and loss account, key performance indicators / statistics / comparisons) prepared and presented monthly or quarterly specifically for a firm’s management. The objective of management accounts is to provide timely and key financial and statistical information required by managers & owners to make day to day and short-term decisions.
Typically a company with 15 – 60 employee’s would have good bookkeeping / office staff employed who would enter the basic transactions into an accounting package such as SAGE and would reconcile the bank and ensure debtors and creditors balances are correct. They would also normally do the VAT returns and the payroll.
Where we would come in is for an experienced qualified accountant to come in for one day or so once a month and review what the bookkeeper(s) have done, deal with any queries or issues they are having and make adjustments for items such as accruals, prepayments, stock, work in progress, bonus calculations, depreciation, loan & lease interest and repayments, purchase / sale of assets / equipment / vehicles etc. and produce an accurate profit and loss a/c and balance sheet for the month. This would be presented in an agreed format for management that may include comparatives for the same month and year to date from last year and comparatives for budgeted figures for the current year etc. If departmental or branch analysis is required that can be put in place also. It is essential to any successful business to have this information on a monthly or quarterly basis.
An added benefit is that we provide ongoing back-up / support for the bookkeeping staff and of course the client – we are only ever a phone call or e-mail away for the multitude of queries that inevitably arise throughout the year. Essentially the client gets an outsourced Financial Controller for a fraction of the cost of employing one directly.