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Cloud 9 Have More Talent! Introducing Jo Thomson

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Jo Thomson to the Cloud 9 team.

Jo came to us with a wealth of experience in the industry, having worked with local firms of accountants before making the transition across to software providers, Xero. Both of these chapters in Jo's career path provided her with the opportunity to work with an array of clients. 

In her time working in the accounting industry, Jo started as a trainee and completed her AAT qualification. Jo then continued her studies with the ACCA qualification, which she is still in the process of completing. 

Jo then made the transition across to Xero, where she helped accountants implement the system, and then offered ongoing support. This honed Jo's skill not only on bookkeeping in general, but specifically with the UK's number accounting software, Xero. 

The attribute that Jo possesses that sets her apart from other bookkeepers, is her work ethic, and precision. Jo is extremely accurate, and with her experience working in accountancy firms, she is able to take her bookkeeping above and beyond the standard of an average bookkeeper.

Jo will be heading up our Northampton team, so if you are interested in getting a no obligation quote, please feel free to email Jo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Featured Software: Movemybooks

There are often things you want to change in life, but the process that you have to go through is normally enough to put people off making that change. The same goes for accounting software. So often we see clients express an interest in Xero, but they wince at the thought of moving all their data across from their existing system, such as Sage or Quickbooks, and even Quickbooks Online.

Movemybooks have shook up the industry, and they have taken that pain away, by providing a slick service whereby you upload your current data, and they convert it into Xero for you. It really is as simple as that.

Typically, the data conversion takes 30-60 minutes, but it can take a little longer depending on the size of the data. Either way, it is a process you can leave running on your web browser while you crack on with other work.

Sounds to good to be true? It really isn't. In fact, it gets even better for Xero enthusiasts. The charge for moving up to 24 months worth of data would historically of cost £180+VAT. However, Xero have identified that it is in their interest to encourage clients to migrate across to their system, so they are currently covering the costs for the conversion.

The only cost to you may incur, is if you wish for more than 24 months worth of data to be converted. If you do, there will be a cost of £60+VAT for each additional 12 months you wish to convert. From experience of doing this process manually via cv imports/exports, we believe this is still fantastic value for the service that you receive.

There is a small amount of house keeping to be done before you start using the Xero system post conversion, such as ensuring all bank items are reconciled, and the VAT returns are reconciled. Both of these can be done in bulk, and should not take longer than 5-10 minutes in total.

So if you are looking forward someone to help move you to Xero, then get in touch with one of our team that will happily help you through the process from start to finish. Contact us on (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Introducing Tracy McLeod

Cloud 9 has more talent!!


We are delighted to introduce our newest franchisee, Tracy McLeod, who is heading up our C9 team in Milton Keynes.

Tracy joins C9 with the perfect combination of experience. Originally coming from a banking background, Tracy then made the transition in accountancy and bookkeeping taking a job at a firm of accountants in Buckingham.

Having worked with Xero in practice, Tracy, like we all do, fell in love with the software. So much so, she then took a job working for them, advising clients how to use the software and helping them with their day-to-day queries.

Despite enjoying each of the steps in her career path, her real passion remained in bookkeeping, and this is what has led her to join forces with C9 so that she can start assisting businesses and their owners with all things bookkeeping related.

Tracy sets herself apart from other bookkeepers, with her ability to interpret financial statements which stems from her time spent in the accounting industry. In addition to this, Tracy has taken it upon herself to study toward her IAB qualification, which is a rarity in the industry.

Tracy has been a fantastic addition to the team, and we are thrilled she chose to team up with Cloud 9 to pursue her career as a bookkeeper.

Tracy would love to help you with your business, and she can work with any accountancy system. So if you you would like a free, no obligations quote, to see how Tracy and C9 can help you and your business, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we would be happy to help!

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Featured Sofware: Receipt Bank

Taking the labour out of data entry


This month we take a look at Xero's multi-award winning Add-On Partner,  Receipt Bank.

Receipt Bank have revolutionised the face of bookkeeping, taking what what used to be a labour intensive process of entering on purchase invoices, and making it into a streamline procedure. They have achieved this by taking documents from online storage platforms, such as Dropbox, and automatically transfers them into an accounting software, such as Xero, Quickbooks  or Kashflow.

How does it do it? We aren't going to pretend that we understand the technology behind it, we will leave that up to software whizzes.  What we do know, is that they have taken Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and made it work better than anyone we have seen before.  For those that are new to OCR, this is where a document can be scanned in, and the software will automatically be able to pick up the date, amount, supplier name and description and enter it into a chosen system.

Once Receipt Bank has worked it's magic, and sends the data across to your accounting software, you are then just left to finish off the transaction by allocating it to a nominal code so it appears in the correct place within your reports.  It's always advisable to give the entries a "once over", to ensure the entries are accurate as they will affect VAT Returns and other reports if they are not entered correctly.

With pricing starting from £9.99+VAT a month, Receipt Bank doesn't have to save you much time for it to have paid for itself.

Most bookkeepers are reluctant to recommend Add-Ons such as Receipt Bank, in fear of it making them redundant. However, here at Cloud 9 we are embracing it, as we believe the less time we spend entering the day-to-day invoices, the more time we can spend on other services to add more value to your business.

If you would like a free trial with Receipt Bank, please feel free to get in touch and we can arrange this for you and advise you on how best to integrate it with your current accounting system, and into your daily routine.

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Bookkeeping Insight: Changes to Flat Rate VAT


Unwelcomed changes to Flat Rate VAT!


Following The Chancellor's recent Autumn Statement,  there was very little to report to our C9 followers.  However, there was the unwelcome news surrounding the change to Flat Rate VAT.

For those unaware of the Flat Rate VAT Scheme, this was a simplified VAT scheme introduced by HMRC, where business are unable to recover input (excluding capital purchases in excess of £2,000), but they could apply a reduced rate (based on the industry in which they operate) to their gross income, thus gain from a small margin in the process.

This was the perfect scheme for business was little costs, as they would not incur much input VAT to recover so it made perfect sense to benefit from the marginal gain on their sales.

Ironically, HMRC introduced the scheme to help small businesses, only to later change the rules because small businesses were benefiting too much from it.  To combat this, they have brought in a new rate of Flat Rate VAT of 16.5%, which businesses with little costs, or "low-cost traders" as HMRC have brandished them, must apply to their gross sales when calculating what they must pay over on their VAT Returns.

The 16.5% of VAT on the gross sales, equates to 19.8% of the net sales, which almost brings it inline with the standard rate on VAT at 20% and mitigates any possible gain.

HMRC haven't released the full details, but we have been given limited guidance that a "low-cost trader", would be a business who's costs (excluding services) equate to less than 2% of the business's gross income, or £1,000.

Our bookkeepers are constantly trying to ensure our clients are operating as efficiently as possible. So if you would like a review of the VAT scheme that you operate on, please feel free to get in touch.

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