Meeting room hire in Knutsford, near Altrincham, Northwich, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Cheshire

Our office is on two floors, on floor one we have a reception area, off it, tucked away, is our main office for our team.

On the second floor is a private meeting / training room which is available to hire. It is next to the kitchen and visitors have exclusive use of this area during their bookings.

Meeting room, can seat 6 around the table, there is a flip chart and a large screen on the wall with HDMI cable. (COVID: for social distancing we recommend only booking for 3 persons, there is also a window that opens so good ventilation is possible.)

Kitchen also has two bucket chairs and a coffee table so can be useful as a break our area. (COVID: these chairs are 2+ m’s apart.)

We can offer a meet and greet reception service, for example if you were using the room for a series of job interviews we can greet candidates and ask them to wait.

Excel, Word, Powerpoint and general office skills tests can be provided if you wish to test any interview candidates at the same time as attending interviews, please call for more details, 01565 625615.

If you require lunch there are many fabulous eateries within a very short walk from the office. Many of these can provide a delivery service too if you wish to have a working lunch.

Please call Helen or Rebecca 01565 625615 or email [email protected] for further details.

Details are HERE on our meeting room hire web page

Your outsourced payroll team in Knutsford, Cheshire explains payroll in the new year 2020/2021 including furlough

logo depicting payroll service

April. It is P60 time of year. Do you and your employees know what a P60 is?

Does your team read their payslips and understand them? What is a tax code? Why do they change? What does the letter at the end of the tax code mean? Employees should be encouraged to set up a personal log in to the government gateway so they can see their personal tax code information.

Do you run a business with employees? We can help you run a smooth payroll so you can feel happy that someone else is taking the responsibility and pressure away from you. It is easy to take over a payroll at the start of a tax year, we would need employee information and tax codes that were current in the prior year – we can manually input this information or import from a backup or download from your current software.

Many years ago, the HMRC ran classroom-based lessons in payroll and across the county big A3 orange paper forms were filled in and physical books of NIC/Tax tables were used.

The HMRC introduced digital RTI reporting (real time information) in 2013 – no more submitting paper forms!

In 2016, along came autoenrolment pension obligations – a burden to small business owners not just in terms of cost but in terms of time having to complete registration forms and learn the terminology.

There are many excellent software options for payroll, and we use award winning Brightpay. Clients who use us for our payroll service receive informative reports which can be tailored to the employers needs, the reports can be broken down including showing routine salary, overtime at different rates, unpaid leave, commissions, re-imbursement of expenses and notes on individual employee payslips.

Employees receive payslips by email.

BrightPay communicates seamlessly with Smart and Nest pensions and provides excellent spreadsheet downloads to then upload into other pension schemes. We are well experienced with Smart, Nest and Standard Life pensions.

***In Brightpay there is a special deduction option for Furlough Leave introduced for this new tax year and this means we can keep a good breakdown on an excel spreadsheet of which parts of the pay are for claiming through the HMRC Job Retention Scheme portal.

What a curve ball life sent payroll – FURLOUGH – and there are many businesses small and large who are truly grateful to the government to have offered this option. The details have come out bit by bit and as members of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals we literally have access to teams who support us and liaise directly with the HMRC.

As the new tax year starts for 2020/2021 we feel privileged to support our clients through what is a truly stressful and anxious time with a calm and pragmatic approach. Would you like to have this support with your payroll?

If you would like to know more about our outsourcing your payroll to our team at Knutsford Admin Limited, where you and your employees are guaranteed a personal service please call Helen on 07507 897756 or Rebecca on 07479 358588.

Exciting bookkeeping opportunity at Knutsford Admin Limited, Cheshire

Would you like to join a small happy team who work from our office in the centre of Knutsford as the ‘finance department’ for many companies in a friendly environment?

Due to ongoing growth in the business we are looking for the right candidate to strengthen our bookkeeping department.

We have a wonderful selection of interesting clients and do their bookkeeping, payroll & admin.

Key tasks would include:

  • Sales & credit chasing
  • Purchases & payments
  • Bank recs
  • VAT submission
  • Payroll (desirable but not essential)
  • Ad hoc admin tasks

Skills required:

  • Good working knowledge of bookkeeping
  • Recognised bookkeeping / accountancy qualification (AAT, ICB, CIMA, ACCA)
  • Good experience with various software packages, for example, Xero & Sage
  • Good Microsoft office skills – in particular Excel
  • Ability to multitask – will have to juggle workload and clients
  • Excellent attention to detail and high level of accuracy
  • Team spirit – our clients are looked after by all of us and become part of our ‘family’
  • Personable and happy talking to clients face to face, on the telephone and by email

You will be working in the centre of Knutsford in a nice modern office with shared facilities available. An element of flexible working will be possible and may include some home working.

Assistance with further study may be considered.

Looking for someone four – five days a week.

Rate of pay £22,000 pro rata based on experience

Please send an email with your CV in the first instance to [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you,

Rebecca & Helen

Knutsford Admin Ltd – Bookkeeping | Secretarial | Training – Services 2019 Cheshire

How can Knutsford Admin Ltd help you in 2019?

Established for 8 years, our friendly team offer Bookkeeping, Secretarial and Training services.

Tech savvy and enthusiastic in this world of ever-changing technology we use the Microsoft office suite to a high standard and the major bookkeeping software and associated apps (i.e SAGE 50, SAGE Business Cloud, Xero, Quickbooks, AutoEntry, GoCardless, PayPal, Stripe, Eventbrite).

Existing clients use our services in different ways, some have regular monthly routines, others use our services on an ad-hoc basis.  Maybe you have a staff member on holiday or off sick – instead of booking a costly full time temp you may prefer to outsource certain tasks and the urgent work, or likewise at times when your own team are stretched due to volume of work it is useful to have us in the background as an extra pair of hands.

Our clients are all important to us, we are a really engaging smiley bunch of people who work best when we get to know you, your business and your team so that we can offer a robust and seamless service.

Christmas Celebrations – December 2018

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BOOKKEEPING & PAYROLL inc Autoenrolment

Have you watched BBC’s Dragon’s Den and cringed as the business owners crumble under interrogation of their numbers – particularly the Net & Gross Profit – let us, and our experience with a whole variety of industries and bookkeeping scenarios help you get to really know your figures.

We work with businesses on routine bookkeeping ensuring they are meeting their legal obligations, avoid HMRC fines and get the most from their figures.  This might include regular entry of expenses into the correct expense categories, recording sales by type, and regularly reconciling the bank account.  As with any database the better you enter the information the more useful it is when it comes out the other end in a management report, such as your profit and loss, you may use your reports to monitor your cost of sales, your profitability, your cashflow and we’ll go through the reports with you so you know how they are compiled and that all the information is present and correct – we’ll always go through your VAT report before submitting your VAT return.  A key area for all businesses is credit chasing, it makes a significant difference sending out sales invoices in a timely and routine fashion and then chasing up when payments are not received as per a business’s terms.  We can also advise of payments using Direct Debits and how to send invoices with ‘click here to pay now’.

Please note, our experience tells us, that we work best with businesses who can see the benefit of prioritising their bookkeeping and want to understand their bookkeeping, this leads to a mutually beneficial and long-term working relationship.

 

SECRETARIAL

We are expert at editing and formatting documents in Word or PowerPoint presentations.  Clients often prepare the documents themselves setting out what information their specific industry requires and we then edit and format the document, this may include: lining up bullet points, adding titles and subtitles and a table of contents, sizing photos, images and logos so they are uniform, ensuring all font is the same and same size, inserting page breaks where it improves the display of a page, maybe adjusting margins, adding headers and footers with current page setting, putting one page landscape amongst a portrait document. Creating master layouts in Power Point.

Do you have a database or a CRM system that needs tidying up, consistency is very important in these and we can put the right information in the right boxes.

Some clients require research that takes time, we can find that time and search the internet, following your instructions, for the information you need to help you in your business.

 

TRAINING

Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook are the work horses of many businesses and an introduction to these or a top up of knowledge can be very useful.  We offer bespoke training sessions to suit the requirements of your employees and business needs. Someone may need help with bullet points and document layout, perhaps some excel hints to speed up tasks with simple formulas, how to use a diary in Outlook, setting up meetings, sending invites and reminders.

 

Why not call us to have a no obligation chat about our services, find out a bit more about the team and see if we can take away some of your stresses in 2019 and help you be more efficient.

 

Please call Helen or Nathalie 01565 625615 / 07507 897756 or email

[email protected]

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

6 UK Employment Law Changes taking place in 2018

If you require further information on the items featured here or advice on any other HR or employment matter please get in touch:
[email protected]  or call  01565 625615 
Knutsford HR & Recruitment are part of the Knutsford Admin Group.  We offer HR and employment law advice as well
as a specialised recruitment service.

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will update and harmonise data protection law across the EU. Businesses will need to audit and review their existing data policy.   The GDPR is effective from 25th May 2018.


Initial agreement has been announced protecting the rights of EU Citizens who currently live in the UK to remain here to live, work and study following Brexit.
  Nonetheless, those employers that rely on a large inflow of European workers are still awaiting confirmation of immigration arrangements following our withdrawal from the EU.

 

From 6th April 2018, taxation of termination payments – that is all payments that are in lieu of notice must be treated as remuneration and so subject to tax and NI contributions.  Previously, employers could offer an employee a tax-free payment in lieu of their notice period where there was no contractual right to make a payment in lieu of notice.

 

National Living Wage for employees aged 25 and over will increase to £7.83 per hour from 1st April 2018.  Other rate increases are as follows:
21 to 24 is £7.38; 18 to 20 is £5.90; Under 18 is £4.20 and Apprentice is £3.70.

 

Statutory family pay rates including maternity pay, adoption pay, paternity pay, shared parental and maternity allowance will increase to £145.18 from 1st April 2018.

 

Private and voluntary sector employers with 250 or more staff are required to publish their first gender pay gap report.  They are required to submit pay data from 2016/17 including differences in mean/media pay, mean/media bonus between their male and female staff.

Knutsford Bookkeepers polish their skills at Cheshire Cookery School

Team Day Out! Officially it was Knutsford Admin’s Christmas Do a trip out on a cookery course – however you could call it ‘Team Building’, it was certainly interesting seeing our different personalities shining through as we set about the various cooking tasks.

First we gathered by our office door, wrapped up warm to head off to the train.

Then with a bit of magic we transformed from bookkeepers into proper chefs.

We’d found the Cheshire Cookery School via social media but had never visited previously.

A complete treat, a fantastic foodie facility with a well set out and equipped kitchen and very best of all the delightful assistants who cleared up behind us.

Our challenge was to make ravioli with a mushroom sauce and baked focaccia, this perhaps doesn’t sound that difficult but it took us a while and was huge fun, testing our skills as we went.  Do you use a sharp knife to crack eggs?  Well we learnt how to sharpen knifes and then crack eggs.  Did you know the weather and humidity will affect how much water to put in your bread dough.  Would you know all about proper olive oil?  Great to learn new knowledge.

It’s fair to say that our most mathematical team members Jon and Alison took a far more precise approach to their ravioli and produced uniform squares, all very neatly executed.

My approach is much more about getting tasks done quickly – my plate of food was cooked and ready for eating way before anyone else, my ravioli tasted absolutely fine of course, but lacked the finesse of Jon and Alison’s, I like to think mine had a more ‘rustic’ look.

Interestingly though this is reflected in how we work with Knutsford Admin – I am much more prone to pushing work along quickly, whereas some of the others like to take more time – as clients are charged by the hour so long as the work is correct most of them prefer a speedier approach, and that’s what makes a good team, achieving a good end result but in the time frame the client desires.

All in all we had a marvellous day enjoying a complete break from computer screens and enjoying each others company – there is no doubt about it, the odd social activity does a great deal to keeping a team motivated and I for one, thoroughly enjoyed the Cheshire Cookery School experience with the Knutsford Admin team.

Now let’s start planning 2018!

Happy Christmas from

Helen and team KA

Knutsford Admin Ltd, Cheshire, talks Bookkeeping in Lego

Let me tell you a story …

Recently I was delighted to take part in the funded Smart Cheshire Innovation Program through the Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub along with around 20 other business owners.  This course run through Manchester Metropolitan University is designed to help businesses who are established and looking for guidance in the next stage of development, the aim to support businesses who may be taking on more employees which, of course, is excellent for the local economy.

An inspiring selection of speakers came to our sessions and put us through various classroom exercises – some more fun than others (personally I loathe ball games!) – but all valid and enlightening in their own way.

Isla, superstar, of Ruby Star Associates asked us to create in Lego how we view our customers experience.

What a simple way to pull together a visual of who we are as a business and what we can do to help potential customers, exercises such as this help us define the vision for our businesses and our mission statements.

So here is Knutsford Admin’s lego story from left to right in three stages:

Stage 1) businesses call us, they may be in a dark period, there maybe cobwebs on their files, they may feel like a headless chicken, the authorities (HMRC) might be after them.

Stage 2) Knutsford Admin comes along, working closely with the business owner together they whip the files into shape, maybe even using files in calm and co-ordinated colours, everything becomes symmetrical and in a uniform order, it is a bit like a visit from a genie in a lamp.

Stage 3) the business owner feels like the King on top of their castle again.  Life is full of bright colours and doors are opening – note the palm tree behind the pink door – that is the opportunity for the business owner to go on holiday and take some essential time out.

Hope you like the Lego story and if you think we can help you then call 01565 625615

 

Mail Merge Labels for envelopes – a Microsoft Word Training Guide from a Knutsford, Cheshire Secretarial Service

Do you have a whole list of people or businesses you need to send post to, would you like to quickly produce typed labels to stick on the envelopes?  Christmas is a popular time to do this when it comes to sending out cards.

We can help you do this.

Click to open our HOW TO MAIL MERGE guide.

First you will need to have created a spreadsheet in Excel.  Put your contact details into rows, follow these column headings:

Title, First Name, Last Name, House/Building Name, Address Line 1, Address Line 2, Address Line 3, County, Post Code

Save this document with a name and in a file on your computer where you can find it when you browse to link to it from Word when you’re creating the labels later.

Please get in touch if you have any questions, we’re happy to give very brief help over the telephone.

Alternatively, if you would like to use one of our services, we can produce the labels for you or you could book one of our two hour training sessions at our office when we can show you how to use Microsoft Excel and / or Word.

[email protected]

01565 625615

 

 

Bookkeeper, accounts experience, excel – JOB VACANCY – Knutsford Admin

Due to expansion we’re looking for a new member to join our friendly team.   Knutsford Admin, has been established 6 years and prides itself on exceptional customer service and happy clients we’re looking for an experienced bookkeeper / accounts person who is confident in bookkeeping software and excel.

 

Initially this post is for 12 hours per week and will be based at our Knutsford town centre office, visits to clients premises will be required.

We are a very close team and support each other continuously, we do like to have a laugh whilst working professionally at all times.  Our clients are very important to us and we have developed good relationships with them.  Continued external training is always on offer at Knutsford Admin.

If you would like to know more about Knutsford Admin and the role please do call 01565 625615 or email with a covering note and CV to [email protected]

“…bookkeeping is probably something you should not even attempt.” A quote found by Cheshire Bookkeeper, Knutsford Admin


Those with ADHD might make better Entrepreneurs. Read the very interesting original article from Entrepreneur.com HERE

In the article Lydia Belanger, associate editor,  writes about business owners who may have ADHD “It’s also understanding that bookkeeping is probably something you should not even attempt.  Nobody I’ve met is able to do their own bookkeeping.  They hate it.  It creates all sorts of anxiety.  I’ve interviewed several people who, every freaking quarter, they are delayed filing their taxes.  They have to pay extra fees.  Typically, they need people to help them.”

Do some business owners have ADHD?  

Do people with ADHD gravitate towards being business owners? 

One thing is for sure, being a business owner is not for everyone and is not for the faint hearted.   It can also be jolly lonely being the business owner and frankly keeping on top of the books is the least creative or exciting part of a day to day routine for the average entrepreneur.  

The team at Knutsford Admin can fit in well here, our approach to supporting business owners and their teams means that they can get on with the day to day marketing, creative and sales work within the business while we keep the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed.   We understand how tedious bookkeeping appears on people’s ‘to do’ lists and we work with business owners  to give them maximum meaningful information from their figures with minimum effort on their part. 

If you would like more information about how the Knutsford Admin team can help you with bookkeeping and Admin tasks, please call 01565 625615.