See what our clients think about working with Sunflower Accounts Ltd
MD Austin Brailey
"I came to Sunflower Accounts as a sole trader a year into 'going it alone'. I'd previously made the classic error of using an accountancy service that hadn't met the grade and had been floundering when it came to the accountancy side of the business. What drew me to Sunflower Accounts was that the senior, professional and experienced accountants you meet with originally, are the ones that look after the day-to-day operations and service your account. Steph has been great at giving me peace of mind. I have complete confidence in her to handle a part of my business that I can't and (to be honest), don't want to handle. She simply guides me through what needs to be done and lays it out in a way I can understand (or mostly understand - my fault, not Steph’s). Since working with Sunflower Accounts, Red Five PR has registered as a Ltd company and grown quickly. I have had the time to be able to do this because I've not been fretting about tax, VAT, Payroll and everything else that comes with professional accountancy. I can concentrate on what I do best and leave them to do what they do best."
Emma Noakes www.WiltshireFirstAid.co.uk
"Steph and Hayley gave thought and clarity by discussing with me the way forward with my business. I found it very worthwhile and in particular they helped me to work out exactly what my core values are so I can plan ahead for the next twelve months. I certainly recommend the business planning service, to any business owner."
MD Jean Williams, www.warwicklandscaping.co.uk
"Stephanie has been our accountant for a number of years and, when we started up a new company recently, proved invaluable with her advice and expertise. She always responds to queries promptly and is very helpful, considerate and patient. Nothing is too much for her and she has become more of a friend than an (extremely competent) accountant. We look forward to many more years with her and would not hesitate to recommend her services."
MD Huw Jones,
MD Alison Edgar, www.AlisonEdgar.com
"Choosing an accountant is a big decision, you need someone that you can trust, someone you can confide in and someone who can guide you when making financial decisions. I made the right decision when I chose Steph to be my accountant. She’s great at what she does and as a business owner makes my life easier.
She’s part of the team and I know I can count her to give me honest and genuine advice when needed. I know that my business is in safe hands with her and Sunflower Accounts.
Having a great accountant is vital for any business, the money Steph has saved me and the knowledge she brings is invaluable.”
"A good accountant is key to any business. From Day 1, Sunflower Accounts has shown a real interest in my business and how we could further develop it into a real success.
Always on hand with sound advice and excellent pro-active suggestions, the service has been highly professional at all times and good value for money. Knowing that Sunflower Accounts will deal with all communications with the HMRC has taken a lot of the stress out of running a business.
I would highly recommend Sunflower Accounts to any business looking for a knowledgeable, forward thinking and diligent accounting service."
"We had been working with our previous accountant for a number of years and had become disillusioned with the reactive, backwards looking service we were receiving. Mistakes had crept in and things were being missed. This was costing us money. We had been using Sage Line 50 for a number of years but had recently made the switch to Xero when a colleague who dealt with the bookkeeping and payroll side of the business left us. We knew we had to act fast and made the decision to outsource these functions.
I had met Steph Rickaby from Sunflower Accounts at a number of networking events and workshops. It was clear that we both had a similar ethos for our businesses – to utilise technology to provide a streamlined, efficient and proactive service to our clients. We were most definitely on the same page professionally and I had no hesitation in contacting her to find out how she could help us.
Steph and Mark worked with intensively us over three months to transition our payroll and accounts across to Sunflower. Not only was this re-assuring it was also cost effective. This new proactive service is pretty much the same price as the cost of a “rear view mirror” annual accounts and a tax return service from our previous accountant. But now this function has been outsourced and I’ve been able to re-deploy internal resources elsewhere. This has been a win-win situation with no downside or compromise.
I now meet with Steph each quarter to ensure that the business is taking advantage of opportunities as they arrive. This is such a brilliant way to work. We’ve said goodbye to “Here’s what you could have done but now it’s too late” and said Hello to “You can do A, B & C before the end of the year. Which one(s) do you like?”
If you are dissatisfied with your current accountant and you think you might benefit from a proactive, friendly and efficient accounting service it’s worth having a chat with Sunflower Accounts."
MD Ellen Watts www.ellerich.co.uk
"After being with the same accountant for nearly 20 years I knew that a change was on the cards but it was a tough decision to make. It’s easy to stay with what’s familiar even though it doesn’t really serve you anymore. Plus I had a number of issues with my finances that made changing ‘complicated’ (or so I thought).
My business was morphing into something new rather rapidly and I needed something more from my accountant and my accounting methods. I needed flexibility, understanding of cloud-based systems, business advice and a collaborative approach to help me move things forward to where my business needed to be, financially. I needed an Accountant I could trust with my entire business plans not just someone who crunched my returns once a year.
Enter Steph - Steph immediately impressed me. For a start, anyone who calls their accountancy practice ‘Sunflower’ is likely to be refreshingly different. But apart from that, I immediately found her thorough, proactive, professional, up to date, personable, caring, accommodating, delightfully positive & empathetic and yet at the same time brutally honest (for your own good) where it’s needed. I liked that & in many ways I wish I’d met Steph years ago.
Within a few meetings Steph & I worked out the best way forward for ElleRich and its many emerging facets. We have set financial goals & plans for my business, transferred me (seamlessly) onto a cloud based package called Xero, which is awesome, and got me (and I can hardly believe I’m writing this) enjoying reconciling my accounts on a regular basis.
Having your business finances in order gives you the solid foundation you need to grow your business and I have never felt more solid than I do now. For the first time in 20 years I actually feel I understand my accounts and having Steph on hand for minor queries as well as major ones (one of the joys of Xero is she can see my accounts in real time) means nothing ever builds up into a problem or a chore and that’s a huge weight off my mind I can tell you. VAT returns would take the best part of 2 days a quarter BS (Before Steph) - now with Steph and Xero on my side, it’s a 15 minute job (and it only takes that long thanks to the HMRC website!)
In short - I cannot recommend Sunflower Accounts, Steph and Xero enough - they are a rocking combination that everyone should have on their side!!"
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