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Huddersfield accountants become QuickBooks UK Platinum partner

Sheards Accountancy has been made a Platinum Partner of leading cloud accountancy provider QuickBooks UK, owned by Intuit, and are currently the only Platinum Partner in Huddersfield.

QuickBooks UK advanced Sheards to Platinum Partner following the firm demonstrating a commitment to training its team in the product and then quickly rolling it out to its client base – which included information events, followed by training sessions held both as groups and one-to-one.

David Kay, sales leader at QuickBooks UK, said: “The proposal for Sheards to become a Platinum Partner of QuickBooks UK was the shortest we’ve ever experienced and was accepted unanimously; the Sheards brand, ambition, commitment and activation of their initial Quickbooks licences made it an absolute no-brainer for us to work strategically with them.”

Cloud accounting solutions are becoming increasingly prevalent following the announcement of the Government led “Making Tax Digital”, an initiative which will demand that businesses submit quarterly accounting information to HMRC via a cloud book-keeping package.

QuickBooks allows businesses to keep records in real-time and store this in a cloud-based system. Allied to the efficiencies to be gained from a cloud product, with functionality such as live bank feeds, cloud book-keeping is becoming the benchmark for progressive businesses.

As a Platinum Partner, Sheards can offer their clients a knowledgeable cloud solution, with the product being set up, opening balances transferred, and all the necessary training provided. Clients can either complete their own records on QuickBooks, or let Sheards manage the book-keeping function.

Kevin Winterburn, director of Sheards Accountancy, said: “We are delighted that QuickBooks UK have made us Platinum Partners. We have already seen a number of our current clients moving over to the QuickBooks system as well as new clients.

“Even though the Making Tax Digital initiative was removed from the Finance Bill due to the announcement of the General Election in June, we anticipate that the legislation will just be delayed and will be revisited very soon.

“Businesses should not wait though until a cloud solution is forced upon them, they should act now to get such a system in place early – they will very quickly be pleased that they did.

“We offer a tailored service to our clients’ needs as we help them move from desktop or even more traditional methods to cloud based systems. These systems provide a huge number of benefits and therefore we are urging people to consider moving to digital regardless of the delay in legislation.”

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