WNJ is hiring

WNJ is looking for an experienced bookkeeper to join our growing team based at our offices in Preston’s docklands.

This is a full-time position in our cloud bookkeeping department. We’re after a skilled multi-tasker and team player who is reliable and committed to consistently meeting deadlines.

Confidentiality, excellent organisation skills and accuracy are important qualifications for this position, as well as good client relations and the ability to communicate clearly.

At WNJ we pride ourselves on the quality of our advice and on our proactive, friendly and personal approach.

The successful candidate will assist in processing and preparing clients’ financial records and VAT returns within cloud accounting software and Excel.

The role will also include a small element of training clients on a one-to-one basis over the phone and at client’s premises within cloud accounting software they’re proficient in.

Benefits include 21 days annual holiday, increasing up to 27 days and free car parking.

The role and responsibilities include:

• Data entry of accounting information
• Reconciliation of key accounts (bank, debtors, creditors, VAT, PAYE)
• Investigation into discrepancies and finding solutions
• Preparation of Quarterly/Monthly VAT returns and submissions
• Meeting monthly VAT deadlines
• Reviewing VAT transactions for accuracy and completeness
• Keeping up to date with HMRC VAT and other relevant regulations along with new releases within cloud software
• Liaising with clients in a professional manner

The successful candidate will liaise with partners and other staff members over information requests, such as producing relevant financial reports from the accounting software.

The role also includes reviewing clients’ work, such as bookkeeping entries, VAT returns and answering clients’ queries.

What we are ideally looking for:

• At least five years+ experience
• Someone with excellent communication skills
• Good problem solving
• Good technical knowledge of VAT
• Someone who can ‘hit the ground running’, work independently and be able to use their own initiative
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel
• Proficiency in at least two accounts software packages such as Sage 50, Sage Business Cloud (Sage One), Xero, QuickBooks or FreeAgent
• Knowledge of post-Brexit VAT regulations and experience of entering these transactions within the accounting software.
• Preferably, although not essential, have certifications for using the above software

Qualifications and requirements

• Level 4 AAT or qualified by experience (five-plus years)
• Have access to a vehicle for travelling to clients when required

Confidentiality:

It is expected that all WNJ employees will understand that our work is confidential and that personal details must not be divulged to members of the public. This obligation will continue indefinitely even after termination of employment.

To apply:
• Please send your contact details and a full CV to Christine Garner:
CHG@wnj.co.uk

A big Boost for business

Boost, Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, has been given a further £3.2million to continue supporting the county’s business community with a wide range of fully funded support services.

The financial commitment from Lancashire County Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will mean Boost’s current support offering will continue until June 2023.

The council will provide £1.3m while the ERDF will contribute £1.9m to Boost, which has so far supported 8,000 businesses helped to create 3,000 jobs and generated more than £100m in economic activity since its launch in July 2013.

During its next phase, which began this month and runs to June 2023, Boost will support 800 businesses, create 880 jobs and support 100 new business start-ups, adding £4m to the Lancashire economy.

Lancashire County Council will also review Boost’s support structure during this period to ensure that, after June 2023, its offering continues to be aligned to the changing needs of business.

During this next phase Boost will continue its direct support for four fully funded programmes, including:

• Business Relationship Management; a dedicated advisory service helping business owners navigate the local, regional and national public and private sector business support landscape to find the right support for them.
• Flying Start: a dedicated business support programme for start-ups and new businesses.
• Growth Mentoring: providing strategic mentoring support from experienced business people to help business owners tackle specific challenges and capitalise on opportunities.
• Boost Bespoke: a dedicated programme which provides bespoke support to help ambitious Lancashire businesses scale up, access new markets, boost productivity and become more resilient to change.

The services will be delivered by a range of expert organisations who will work with the county council to ensure all businesses receive the best possible support.

Andrew Leeming, Boost programme manager, said: “During the next phase of Boost we are keen to help Lancashire businesses that haven’t used our support yet.

“If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur looking to grow, develop your products or processes or you just need some support to tackle an issue you are facing, get in touch with Boost and we will make sure you get the right support.

“If you have used Boost before, we would love to have another conversation with you. As well as our own funded support programmes, we work with a wide range of support services across Lancashire.

“Whatever your challenge, we will be able to connect you to Lancashire’s brilliant business support ecosystem. It all starts with a conversation with Boost.”

Lancashire business owners and managers can get in touch with Boost by calling 0800 488 0057.

Buyout team builds for growth

A Burnley-based business bought out by its senior management team earlier this year has revealed plans for growth as it emerges from the pandemic.

RAM Services, a specialist structural repair and refurbishment contractor, has a strong order book and pipeline of work.

Established in 1980, the company provides a range of services to the power and water supply and distribution sector, the wider civil engineering industry and to a range of public sector organisations.

It operates primarily in the North West of England but also works all over the UK and sometimes overseas.

The buyout deal, for an undisclosed sum, saw its shareholders retire and exit the business with Paul Haworth, contracts director, and James Best, business development manager, taking full control.

WNJ carried out financial due diligence for the buyout team. The MBO was completed in March this year, after being delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lancashire-based businessman Paul Lansom facilitated the funding to the deal and guided and advised the management team throughout the process, assisted by WNJ and solicitor David Southern of Vincents.

He said: “The deal took 12 months longer than it should because of Covid-19 but we managed to get it moving again and over the line and everyone involved was pleased with the eventual outcome.

“It is a really strong business with two new directors, and going forward, following a period of consolidation, the management team has some ambitious plans for growth.

“The company has a good reputation for quality and it is this quality ethos that permeates through all tiers of the operation. The future is looking really positive.”

He added: “WNJ did an excellent job during the MBO process and the business will be appointing them as auditors moving forward.”