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Finding quality staff resources - how is it for you?

I reckon we are now experiencing our greatest challenge in our 20 years history in finding more quality Sage and Xero staff as we expand. This is especially the case in London although Bristol is almost as bad. Recently we received 33 serious applications for a book-keeper position. We narrowed that down to four good enough for interview, then speaking on the phone reduced this to two. The best candidate took a position before our planned interview, leaving one who just wasn't good enough. So we start again!

We've even had the same experience in recruiting a seventh qualified accountant for thoroughly checking of the work of the book-keepers at each month end - a unique feature of BookCheck. At least our clients are shielded from this task which is part of our attraction so this encourages us to succeed.

I have a feeling that this will be an ongoing challenge, probably becoming more difficult so we'll have to find other methods. We're so used to our standards, they're imbedded in all we do. It's clearly pointless compromising on quality as we'll suffer down the road. It's not even a pay issue, although wage rates are climbing steadily, that's hardly surprising. It's really a shortage of quality. We'll just have to try harder.

Speaking to other professionals it seems this is a common problem. How is it for you?

Anthony Pilkington FCA      Managing Director, BookCheck Ltd

This entry was posted in Business Development and tagged in Sage, Xero, Employees, BookCheck, Bristol, London by bookchadmin

January is always a good month for our business, I wonder why.....

Looking at our historical figures, January is usually a buoyant month for enquiries and this year is no exception. In one day alone we had three red hot prospects - in Derby, London and Bristol. So we wonder why, also whether it would apply to other businesses.

The reasons for the three enquiries might help to explain. The first is very poor quality bookkeeping and that from a firm quite well known by some. We were shocked by the lack of reconciliations and whole bits missing. The part time FD quite rightly demanded quality, hence a change. The second is a care home under bank 'scrutiny' having reverted some years ago to handling the bookkeeping themselves, now of course without any Management Accounts. The third is a children's nursery, expanding to more sites, needing essential Management Accounts for control.

So where might January fit? Perhaps because it gives a bit of quiet time to think, to review, to consider a change. Now how do we replicate that every month?

In our 'quiet' time we have revamped our website. At last after 20 years we clearly explain, we hope you agree, what we do and where we fit. Take a peep here to see how we integrate Bookkeeping with Management Accounts in both Sage and Xero www.bookcheck.co.uk

Have a great 2014 in your business      

This entry was posted in Business Development, Management Accounts and tagged in Sage, Xero, Bookkeeping, Bristol, Derby, London by bookchadmin