OK, I'll admit it - I like some of the routine that comes with management accounting - the steady cycle of weekly cash flow and credit control, month ends, payroll and annual budgets.
A CIMA veteran shares his perspective on what the profession holds for those working in industry.
A while back, I blogged about an issue over the RTI file update for March this year. As far as I can tell, whilst my file seemed perfect from my print, there must have been some corruption as it travelled through HMRC.
Like a lot of small firms, we run a small fleet of vans. 5 'Transit' sized Vauxhall Vivaro, and 1 'car' sized Peugeot Partner.
Now, I am a bit geeky with vehicles (my office calendar is vintage commercial vehicles), but even I was a bit caught out by this.
I have been pondering Richard Hattersley's Aweb question on lost mojos. I have come to the conclusion that no-one really notices my work. It just takes place (along with the other members of my finance team) in the background.
Three weeks ago, I was in Gatwick, at awful o'clock, after a long drive, to depart on holiday with the family. Usual scene - tired child / wife on the chairs somewhere - grumpy husband sent to the overpriced departure lounge shops for sweets etc.
When logging on to HMRC for our company, it showed that we had overpaid PAYE. Now, I know we won't have done this so dug a little further.
It shows my payment of Class 1a NIC, but there was nothing showing as a corresponding liability.
I was feeling quite smug on Friday 10th July - the June accounts were 'handed in' so to speak. A day or so later than our usual deadline, but we had had staff off in various teams.
Just a quick one today. Wondering what phrases you hate hearing in a work context. Mine is "well, that's a commercial decision you need to take" - which in every context I have heard it over the years means:
One of the myriad 'small company' tasks that fall within my department remit is actually opening the post. When I started in this job about a year and a half ago, we used to get around 1 standard Royal Mail franking bag per day. Almost all invoices, so mostly for us anyway.
I attended a governors meeting the other day (primary school), and the subject of toilets came up - as it often does.
It seems the amount required for refurbishment will be about £4000 per cubicle/urinal. That seems about 10x what I would consider normal.