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Beverley Hall - Bookkeeping Services

Norwich based bookkeeper, Beverley Hall, introdues her Norfolk & Norwich bookkeeping servies.

Welcome to my website, showcasing my bookkeeping services and hopefully providing you with some useful information on how a bookkeeper can fit into your company, working alongside your existing office staff and interacting with your accountants. A bookkeeper can help to reduce your accountancy bills and help you to keep your accounts up to date, allowing you to make business decisions based on current financial data.

I hope that this website will offer you an easy way to finding an experienced and fully qualified [ Norwich & Norfolk based ] bookkeeper, who is capable of taking over your company books, whatever condition they are in.

NEWS: We currently have a vacancy available for a new client from mid-June 2014 (based on 1 day per month - suitable for a small to medium business requiring bookkeeping and payroll support). Please contact Bev for further information or to discuss your particular requirements.

Three words that sum up my service to your business: Accuracy, Honesty, Loyalty.


Bookkeeping Services

Freelance Bookkeeper in Norwich - Beverley Hall can work from your offices. A Visiting Bookkeeper who will work at your location: I visit and work from your location, which saves time when dealing with missing documents etc.

You see the exact time taken and sign the timesheets, giving you confidence that you are getting value for money.

We can deal with problems as they arise and therefore reduce the project complexity. I can deal directly with your accountants and act as an intermediary, helping to explain the jargon along the way.

All in all I offer a bookkeeping service that aims to initially get your accounts into shape and then maintain, with the minimum of fuss, after this period of organisation.

Some bookkeepers will avoid problems ... I take them on and bring organisation to your accounts, making them easy to manage in the future.

Book-keeping Services offered, for Sole Traders, Small and Medium Size Businesses: Monthly, Quarterly and/or Annual Year End Book-keeping, including recording of sales and purchase ledger transactions. PAYE: Employers Annual Returns (19 May submission deadline). VAT Returns: Tax Returns (Tax Returns and Reminders should be received around 6 Apr. Submission by 31 Oct if you would like HMRC to calculate the tax payments for you, payment to be made by 31 Jan / Final submission deadline for all Tax Returns is 31 Jan).

Location: Beverley Hall offers her offsite visiting bookkeeping Services to the following Major Norfolk Towns including: Acle, Attleborough, Aylsham, Cromer, Dereham, Diss, Downham Market, Fakenham, Gt Yarmouth, Holt, Hunstanton, King's Lynn, North Walsham, Sheringham, Swaffham, Thetford, Watton, Wroxham and Wymondham.


Qualifications

I hold the following Book-Keeping Qualifications:

Fellow member of the International Association of Book-keepers (FIAB)
Pitman Level 4 Accounting - First Class
Pitman Level 3 Accounting - First Class
IAB Diploma in Computerised Accounts (Sage Line 50) - Full Credit
Pitman Level 2 Book-Keeping & Accounts - First Class
Pitman Level 1 Computerised Accounts (Sage Line 50) - First Class
Pitman Level 1 Book-Keeping & Accounts - First Class

For additional information regarding these qualifications please read the following explainations of each qualification.

References & Qualifications

Qualifications, References and Affiliations are the measure of a skilled bookkeeper. They allow a client to adequately judge whether the bookkeeper is able to perform the tasks that they require professionally and competently.

Bookkeeping tasks require advanced levels of accuracy and organisation which not everyone is able to undertake. Good qualifications can narrow down your search for the best bookkeeper that is available. Also experience of accountancy practices is essential so that your bookkeeper can communicate with your accountant adequately.

Below you will find references and a copy of my FIAB accreditation. Please feel free to download these and if you have any questions please contact me.


Bookkeeping reference
Secretarial Reference
Bookkeeper reference
Accounts Reference
Bookkeepers Certificate of Compliance
Cert of Compliance
Admittance as Fellow
Admittance as Fellow
Bookkeeping / Accounts 1Bookkeeping / Acts 1 Bookkeeping / Accounts 2Bookkeeping / Acts 2 Accounts Level 3Accounts Level 3 Accounts Level 4Accounts Level 4 Computer AccountingComputer Accounting

What Do The Qualifications Mean ?

Bookkeeping & Accounts Level 1 & 2

Level 1

The candidate has demonstrated knowledge, understanding and application of skills, associated with book-keeping and accounts within the context of a simple sole trader business.

Objectives achieved:

• Processing documents involved in the accounting function using double entry book-keeping.
• Preparing statements as a preliminary to financial control.
• Displaying information about the financial state of the business.

Level 2

The candidate has demonstrated knowledge, understanding and application of skills, associated with book-keeping and accounts within the context of a sole trader business.

Objectives achieved:

• Processing a full range of financial transactions using double-entry book-keeping.
• Preparing control statements. • Checking and correcting accounting records as necessary.
• Displaying comprehensive financial information about the state of the business.

Assessment was by a time-constrained examination which consisted of practical tasks based upon a scenario and the production of accounts in an accepted and conventional form.

• A Pass is achieved with 60-74% of the marks available.
• A First Class Pass is achieved with 75% or more of the marks available.

Accounting Level 3 & 4

Level 3

The candidate has demonstrated knowledge, understanding and the application of skills associated with accounting in the contexts of sole traders and partnerships, limited liability companies and non-trading organisations.

Objectives achieved:

• Defining forms of organisation for the purposes of accounting.
• Recording accounting entries from source documents.
• Preparing and incorporating adjustments into end of period accounts.
• Defining and preparing accounts and "statement of affairs" associated with incomplete records.
• Preparing simple manufacturing accounts.
• Interpreting accounting procedures with the purpose of informing and/or recommending appropriate action.

Level 4

The candidate has demonstrated knowledge, understanding and application of skills associated with accounting within the contexts of partnerships and limited companies.

Objectives achieved:

• Making the necessary entries for establishing and dissolving a partnership, and converting a sole trader or partnership into a limited company.
• Accounting for changes in capital structure of a limited company and understanding the significance of forms of capital.
• Preparing the appropriate accounts and financial statements of a limited company.
• An appreciation of the current list of Statements of Standard Accounting Practice and Financial Reporting Standards.

Assessment was by a time-constrained examination which consisted of practical tasks based upon a scenario and the production of accounts in an accepted and conventional form.

• A Pass is achieved with 60-74% of the marks available.
• A First Class Pass is achieved with 75% or more of the marks available.

Computerised Accounts Levels 1 & 2

Level 1

The candidate has demonstrated the ability to use a computerised accounts software package applied to routine accounting tasks.

Objectives achieved:

• Adding new accounts to Purchase/Sales Ledgers and the creation of accounts in the Nominal Ledger.
• Processing Invoices, Credit Notes, receipts and payments in Sales and Purchase Ledgers.
• Calculating and reconciling batch totals.
• Printing ledgers, balances and accounts.

Level 2

The candidate has demonstrated the ability to prepare and use a computerised accounts software package and to interpret and verify information from source documents.

Objectives achieved (in addition to those at Level 1):

• Entering initial capital cash, cheques and other bank transactions.
• Correcting errors by means of Credit Notes or journal adjustments.
• Entering Tax Reference Codes and/or percentages.
• Producing a Trial Balance, Aged Debtors Schedule, Supplier and Customer Account History.

Assessment by a time-constrained examination, which consisted of a series of tasks based upon a scenario, was against the following criteria:

• A Pass is achieved with complete accuracy in calculations, batch totals and printouts and minor errors in word/reference sections.
• A First Class Pass is achieved with complete accuracy in calculations, batch totals and printouts and virtually error free word/reference sections.

The syllabuses above support some of the requirements for the appropriate UK NVQ. Full syllabuses may be obtained from Pitman Qualifications.


Experience

Although it may sound boring, I find that there is nothing more satisfying than sifting my way through a whole stack of paperwork and finishing up with a balanced end result. At the other end of the scale, there is nothing quite so annoying as being just a few pence out at the end of a quarters accounting, then having to demonstrate ‘prudence’; the art of knowing when to leave well alone because the cost of finding those few missing pence will cost more in time spent! Not a situation I find myself in often, and a strange subject to get worked up about, but there you have it…. That’s me.

I received my early experience with a small architectural and interior design practice over fifteen years ago, which included monthly book-keeping, PAYE, quarterly VAT Returns, and Employers Annual Returns.

Realising that bookkeeping for small business is a totally different creature to working on bringing accountancy submissions up to trial balance, I took a position with a local accountancy firm which allowed me to cram experience of many types of business accounts in a short time.

With a good grounding in practice accounting I branched out on my own in 2009. My Professional qualification and membership is with the IAB (the Professional Body which regulates Book-keepers), with whom I also studied for a Diploma in Computerised Book-keeping. I believe that my flexibility, experience and professional nature will make my service very useful to small accountancy practices who hit workload bottlenecks occasionally and need part time cover to bring themselves up to date.

Being a book-keeper takes a certain type of person; I would probably describe myself as methodical, well-organised, accurate, disciplined, and precise – the very predictable personality traits you would expect from someone living their work life according to spreadsheet layouts!

More personable qualities would be my honesty, approachability, and enthusiasm. If you consider that I’m the sort of person you would like to have dealing with your accounts (self-employed, sole trader, small and medium sized business), please feel free to e-mail, or phone for an informal chat.

Needless to say, all conversations, correspondence and business will be treated as both private and confidential. I am able to work in-house at your own premises, or from home. If working from home, dependant upon your location I can either collect and return your documents personally, or arrange for collection and return by Courier.

I should like to point out, there is a considerable difference between the services provided by a Book-keeper and those of an Accountant. Accounting is a way of showing the financial position of your company at any given time so that you can find your gross and net profits, know your debtors and creditors, borrow money, and comply with legislation, i.e. tax and PAYE. Book-keeping, on the other hand, is necessary for keeping track of all financial transactions which would invariably be forgotten at a later date. It consists of the recording of all transactions into various ledgers to demonstrate a balance (usually carried out to Trial Balance stage). A Book-keeper will basically reconcile all your paperwork so that you can pass the balanced figures to an Accountant for tax advice, year end completion, and submission of your Annual Return to the Tax Office; but save them the [expensive] time spent in sorting and organising your sales invoices and purchase receipts.


Client Comments

Here are a few comments from current clients:

"I find Beverley to be a very efficient down to earth and knowledgeable person, she always completes her work when she says it will be done and always arrives on time to pick up or drop off work. I would say she is exemplary." ... Jackie

"Finding a good bookkeeper a tricky and stressful business, well it is for me anyway! Luckily we found Beverley and since she's been working with us, we've been able to relax and get on building the business. I think its impossible to do everything in a small business, and if you try, something will always slip. But making sure your books, spending and office admin is under control is probably the most important thing, and Beverley is brilliant at it." ... Sarah

"I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with your Bookkeeping services! Your service from start to finish has been exemplary and on a professional, knowledgeable, yet very friendly level that far exceeds expectations. Nothing ever seems to be too much trouble to you and I am made to feel unique, never feeling that I am just one of many clients that you and your office have to deal with each day." ... Daniel

"Bev has taken the pressure off our book keeping. We have the reassurance we are keeping on top of things, without the need for employing another member of staff." ... Chris Moore


Prices

Bookkeeping

18.00 per hour for clients who require weekly visits.
20.00* per hour for clients requiring monthly, quarterly or other non-regular visits.

* For occasional 'tune ups' or weekend appointments, Beverley charges 22.00 per hour. As you would expect, Beverley runs a tight diary schedule and any one-off appointments will usually have to be booked for the weekend.

To maximise the effectiveness of her visits, she organises her diary into daily clients only (Minimum of 6 hours per visit). Therefore, if you only require a small number of hours per month, we may have to consolidate these into one full day per quarter. By organising her time this way Beverley will save you paying for setting up / reporting costs, which would eat up valuable accounting time if visits were very short.

Beverley Hall Bookkeeping Services specialises in dealing with accounts which have slipped into chaos, so please do not be afraid to call because you are feeling swamped.

Beverley Hall is Fully Qualified, Experienced in bookkeeping for all size of business and offers a Travelling Bookkeeping Service. By working at her clients premises, Beverley can Organise and Maintain your books 'in-house', reducing the time that you spend collating for bookkeepers who work from their own offices.


Contact Us

Contact Beverley Hall, Fully Qualified Bookkeeper for the Norfolk & Norwich area

To enquire about any of these services please feel free to contact us using any of the following methods.

To make it easier for you to call at a convenient time for you, Beverley's husband Colin will be running the office when Beverley is with clients and will be on hand to answer queries, arrange visits, discuss availability, fees etc.

So please contact us using the following information:

Address: Woodpeckers, Upgate House, Swannington, NR9 5AH
Telephone Enquiries: 07787 910918
Email Enquiries: beverley@beverleyhall.co.uk


Glossary

Accounting terms that may have you confused. Get to grips with accounting terms with this handy glossary.For those of you who are feeling a little daunted by the amount of jargon that exists in accountancy I have listed some glossary terms that might help you to feel more comfortable when discussing your bookkeeping requirements.

Account
A periodical record of financial transactions.

Accrual
Recording transactions when they take place, rather than upon payment.

Advance
Loaned money, or part of a payment to be made at a later date.

Aged Debtors
Persons who have been in debt for longer than the normal timescale.

Aggregate
The total sum, everything added together.

Allowable Deductions
Income deductions allowed by the Inland Revenue, which in turn reduce your tax payment.

Allowable Expenses
Business expenses which may be claimed against your tax payment.

Allowable Losses
Losses allowed on the sale of business assets, which may be set off against gains.

Amortise
Regular repayment of a loan, covering interest due first, then reducing the principal.

Annual Accounts
Financial year end accounts.

Annual Income Money received during a calendar year.

Appreciation
When an asset increases in value, i.e. buying business premises which are then valued at a higher sale price.

APR
Annual Percentage Rate (which includes fees and other associated charges).

Asset
An item of value.

Bad Debt
A debt which will not be paid, and must be written off as a loss in the accounts.

Balance Sheet
Statement showing the worth of your Business at the year end, in terms of historical cost.

Bank Overdraft
Borrowing facility, repayable upon demand.

Bought Ledger
A book for recording all business purchases.

Break-even Point
Production = Fixed cost

Budget
A financial statement forecasting expected expenditure and income. Useful as a planning tool.

Capital Accounts
An account which deals with monetary investment / withdrawals made by the owners of the company.

Capital Expenditure
Purchases of fixed assets which will have a lasting benefit to the business, i.e. premises, machinery, equipment.

Capital Gain
Money made by selling a fixed asset.

Capital Loss
Money lost by selling a fixed asset.

Cash Accounting
The method of accounting where purchases and sales are recorded in the accounts books when they actually occur.

Cash Flow
Money coming in and going out of the business.

Cash Flow
Forecast A guide indicating forthcoming budgeted receipts and payments.

Charitable Deductions
Deductions from taxable income as charity donations.

Contingency fund
Put aside funds for use in an emergency.

Contra
The term used for off-setting debits against credits, to zero out.

Credit Period
The time allowed between the supply and invoicing of goods, and the payment of the invoice.

Creditor
Persons owed money by your business. (Your liabilities).

Current Assets
Items which are cash, or can be readily turned into cash, i.e. cash, bank balances, debtors, stock, work in progress.

Current Liabilities
Amounts owed to Suppliers (Creditors), and short term loans, i.e. bank overdraft.

Debtor
Person who owe money to your business.

Defer
Put back to a later date/postpone.

Deficit
The difference between spending over income.

Depreciation
The allowance made for reduction in value of assets, i.e. the loss in value of an aging car.

Direct Costs
Amounts directly relating to product production.

Disbursement
The payment of money.

Double-entry Book-keeping
A way of accounting whereby all transactions are recorded twice; as a simultaneous credit and debit.

Economic
To make enough money to provide a profitable return.

Expenditure
The sum of money spent.

Expenses
Money paid to a person to cover their own out-of-pocket costs when carrying out actions on behalf of the business, i.e. travel mileage, lunches, etc.

Financial Year
The 12 month period for which you produce your accounts; not the same as a Calendar year.

Fixed Assets
The property and equipment owned by your business which will continue to be of a lasting benefit.

Frozen
Not allowed to be either changed or used.

Gross
The total prior to deductions.

Imprest System
A petty cash transactions system. Money is advanced for small expenses, when almost spent, receipts to the value are handed over and the money reimbursed. The float should therefore always remain at the same level.

Indirect Costs
Amounts not directly relating to production, but are necessary to run the business, i.e rent, telephone, insurances, etc.

Interim Payment
Payment made on account. Part of a dividend.

Invoice
A written note requesting payment for goods/services supplied.

Key Ratios
A way of measuring the performance of your business when conventional analysis cannot. These provide a view of where the business is at.

Liabilities
Debts of the business.

Long Term Liabilities
Amounts owing, but not due for payment within one year.

Margin
Extra time/space allowed. Also means difference in value of sales price and purchase price.

Net
The end value once all deductions have been made.

Net Assets
Total assets of the business less liabilities.

Net Profit
Profit of the business once all expenses have been met.

Notional
Probable but not exactly quantifiable.

Offset
Balance one item off against another, to cancel each other out.

Overheads Regular expenses made in keeping the business running, i.e. rent, phones, wages, etc.

Per Annum
In a year. Per Capita For each person.

Prepayment
An advance payment, i.e. rental monies.

Principal
Person or company represented by an Agent.

Principle
Basic point / general rule

Profit and Loss Account
A periodic summary of income and expenditure which shows surplus and/or deficit.

Profit Margin
Percentage difference between sales income and cost of sales.

Prudence
Use your judgement.

Purchase Ledger
A book for recording all business expenditure.

Quick Assets
A term used to describe current assets which may be readily cashed in if required.

Reconcile / Reconciliation
To make two statements agree.

Remuneration
Payment for services rendered.

Revenue Expenditure
Fully used up during the accounting period, i.e. raw materials, rent, salaries.

Sales Ledger
A book for recording all business sales (income).

Turnover
The value of sales of goods / services.

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