Are Bad Habits Holding Your Business Back?

“Winning is a habit.  Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lomdardi

In a world that is moving so fast, habits that were once good can soon become outdated and this is very apparent in finance and accounting.  A business is a living, breathing thing, and it has to constantly adapt to new technology and new legislation.

Companies will spend thousands on changing and improving the habits that seem most obvious, such as sales and marketing strategies, getting the latest software; anything that keeps them at the cutting edge so they can attract new business and retain customers.

Unfortunately this is not the case for the finance and accounts departments. Read more

Warning! Protect Your Business From Fraud.

The threat of fraud and cyber-crime is not new, however so much happened over the last few weeks that brought it to the forefront of my attention, and made me realise how vulnerable a company can be to such attacks.

A client was defrauded of a substantial amount of money; the way in which the fraudsters worked was incredible.  It appears as though they got access to the companies e-mail system and sent e-mails from the directors to payroll.  The e-mails contained new bank details for an employee, for their salary to be paid to.

Payroll actioned the request. Read more

‘You Got This!’ – Make Peace With Money

I assume that if you’re reading this blog, then you may have faced, or are facing financial difficulties.

I want you to know that you are not alone.  When my husband and I went to see our local bank manager a few years back, she told us that our level of debt was very common and that some people were in a lot worse position than we were in.  It wasn’t my proudest moment, but the bank manager was lovely, and we built a strong relationship with her and her team at Barclays Chiswick. Read more