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Are You Ready For IR35?

19th Mar 2021

Having just read that sentence, I suspect there are many freelancers, independent consultants and contractors whose blood just froze. IR35 rules are like the killer in a low budget horror film. Just when you thought they were finally gone, they jump out to scare the pants off you, again.   Well, sorry folks, it’s back. […]

The Benefits Of Outsourcing Your Finance Function

5th Mar 2021

There was a time when outsourcing got a bad rap, often deserved.  The term became associated with firms moving their call centres to far-flung locations or worse, getting a third party to support a firm’s IT. In both cases, it never went as smoothly as planned with poor customer service and interminable waits to get […]

So Much To Reflect On

7th Jan 2021

I hope you enjoyed my recent blog on how the lockdowns have inspired me, my family and my business. It was useful to reflect on the many learning points that the trials of 2020 have offered and to find some unexpected but welcome optimism.    How many times have we heard the terms ‘unprecedented,’ ‘once in a […]

Brexit – A Brave New World (part one)

16th Dec 2020

As I write the UK and EU are in the final throws of trying to bash out a post-Brexit trade deal. The atmosphere is fraught with issues of fishing, state aid and the future governance of whatever arrangements they can hammer out (or otherwise).   Whatever happens, things are going to change. Whether we get […]

The Lowdown On The Lockdown

7th Dec 2020

Don’t know about you but it seems that the Coronavirus has now permeated everything.  Our every thought and action seems to be dominated by the bug. It’s changed our behaviours and the way we work. Our lives appear laden with risk and dire consequence.  Alas, even after almost half a year in the shadow of […]

The Power Of Teams

30th Jun 2020

When I started Enso in 2018, I set some clear objectives.  Naturally my primary goal was to provide professional accounting services to SMEs using the skills I’d acquired working for large management consultancies. Second, and just as important, I wanted to help my customers harness the power of financial accounting software like Xero. Core to […]

Cash Flow Is Crucial

5th May 2020

So, we’ve now spent a good couple of months in Coronavirus UK, and the various human and financial tolls are mounting up. Sadly, it’s not a pretty picture with the terrible effects of the virus being writ large every day.  More encouraging on the commercial side, there has been some useful interventions from the government. […]

EVs Become Less Taxing

3rd Mar 2020

The launch of BMW’s new electric Mini is imminent.  A celebrated design icon built in response to a long-forgotten fuel crisis finally converts to eco-friendly energy. It’s hailed as a bonafide people’s car – a versatile 181 bhp run-around with a 145-mile range and all the groovy chic that comes with the Mini brand.  Here […]

Old-School Banking Is For The Birds

20th Dec 2019

Continuing my series on accounting technology, I thought it was about time I talked about Starling Bank, a real disruptor in the banking sector. You may have seen some of their adverts on the TV, the one with the Airstream food trailer and wondered what it is, what it offers and why it is different. […]

Do You Need An Experienced Xero Accountant?

12th Aug 2019

I blame Monty Python.  Before they started to take the mickey out of chartered accountants, it was considered a noble and worthy profession.  It still is of course, but since John Cleese et al. had a go, there’s always the undertow of it being a tad boring. We all want to be lion tamers it […]