Member Since: 11th May 2009
I am Jessica Pillow, Director and owner of Pillow May. I'm passionate about cloud accounting software, process automation technology, and promoting the efficiency benefits of flexible & remote working practices. I am also an author for ICAEW, regular industry speaker, and cloud software innovator & development consultant.
Now is a really exciting time to work in the accountancy industry; technology advances and MTD is finally bolstering everyone into the digital era, so accountants need to really step up to stand out!
I set up Pillow May in 2009 to break free from industry stereotypes and as early adopters of cloud software, cloud bookkeeping and fixed-fee pricing, we were pioneering in offering our clients a dynamic & fresh approach.
Pillow May’s vision is to be “accountants for a better life”. A simple statement, representing a multitude of grand plans and ambitions. We recognise what a huge emotional and financial investment it is to start your own business and see it as our privilege, to help our clients cultivate a healthy financial environment - from which they can forge a better life.
To prove we are still getting it right, we were included as one of the world’s most inspiring accountants in the recent book of that name, the featured client case study demonstrated how offering personalised expert advice made a real difference to our client’s bottom line.
Director PIllow May Ltd
16th Apr 2020
"The receipt of state aid can also restrict the ability to claim R&D tax relief under the SME regime. Very broadly, an R&D project will be completely excluded if notified state aid is received in respect of it, and any expenditure covered by de minimis state aid is not eligible for relief."
Does this mean that if you claim employment allowance against a director's salary, you then can't use that director's salary in an R&D claim under SME regime? Does the SME R&D tax relief received by a client also count towards rolling €200k limit over 3 years?
7th Sep 2019
This is a good thing but why change their minds less than 1 month before the start date?! We've already written to our clients last week getting all the arrangements in place for next month & now we've got to cancel all the arrangements (= more work and makes us look stupid!). I thought we had left it pretty much to the last minute only communicating with clients one month ahead!
24th May 2019
This is causing a massive problem as when you try to register as a VAT agent for your client, they need to refer to their VAT registration certificate. If we're not VAT agent then when the client signs up to MTD on Xero, we can't see the current VAT return & therefore can't offer VAT support to our client. I am raising this issue with ICAEW MTD group, hoping that they will be able to resolve the matter directly with HMRC and then let us agents know how it has been resolved.
3rd Dec 2018
If you wouldn't normally be VAT registered in UK and only have a UK VAT registration due to VAT Moss, as long as your digital sales to EU are less than £8,818 and your total sales (including these digital sales) are less than £85k then presumably you can deregister from VAT Moss from 1 Jan 2019. Or would you advise waiting and seeing what happens due to Brexit, for the sake of 3 months? Presumably registration from outside the EU for VAT Moss doesn't have this small earnings threshold, as the supplier doesn't belong in an EU state? Thanks
23rd Nov 2016
Alternatively they could provide full API so that we can choose our preferred best of breed software for each element and then integrate them together seamlessly. That would be even better in my opinion but it`s going to take some convincing to the larger software companies in particular of the need to be open and provide API.
3rd Nov 2016
Thanks for your kind comment :)
3rd Nov 2016
Thanks for your kind comment :)
29th Sep 2015
Thanks for this great summary of Sharon's session at Practice Excellence. I was sorry to miss it!
17th Mar 2015
Work Life Balance
I really appreciated your coments on work life balance Sharon. Definitely something that I struggle with as well, despite my best efforts. At least with cloud software, you don`t have to be in your office all the time to help clients :)
5th Mar 2015
Cloud payrolll seems to end up very expensive
We tried to start using cloud payroll systems in the current payroll year 2014-15 and we found that we were paying more per month than we had been paying previously for the whole year`s worth of software and the functionality in the payroll software was nowhere near as good. So in Sept-14, we moved all our payrolls back onto good old Moneysoft, even though it is not on the cloud. We will need to see some impressive agent features before we are tempted back onto cloud payroll systems again!