Member Since: 29th Jun 2010
I am the practice owner of TSA Chartered Certified Accountants and Business Advisors. I've spent the majority of my working life in industry but made the leap into practice in May of 2013. It's been a tough 12 months but business is growing and I've learned a lot. If you are thinking of making the same decision, drop me a note and I'll be happy to help if I can, or check out www.tsabusinessadvisors.co.uk.
26th Oct 2021
UPDATE - Well folks I just thought I'd post an update. the two word update, "never again" the longer version? Staff at the DWP? insipid. I spent an afternoon at a recruitment afternoon hosted by them. Complete with a little bell in case anyone was offered a job. Never have I spent an afternoon with such uninspiring people and that's just the staff that work at the DWP. We are today withdrawing from the scheme. I'm an optimistic glass half full kind of guy, but it appears there is genuinely (at least in our area at least) no one between 16 and 24, out of work, that wants to work. I'm now going the traditional recruitment route, but with staff working from home and casting my net farther afield to try and get some decent staff. This has worked reasonably well for hiring subcontractors. For those who said I told you so, you are right.
12th Oct 2021
Couldn't agree more. We've gone as far as writing to our local MP who has said we aren't the first to do so but he is also powerless to get anything done. We've had a new record broken by the pillocks at HMRC. We asked in March 2020 for a vat number to be transferred across from a sole trader to his ltd company (using the correct forms) and HMRC finally actioned it in September 21. We've also got tonnes of self-assessments awaiting review by HMRC because the client has claimed SEISS but HMRC haven't processed a single one. They weren't fit for purpose before the pandemic, given James Harra gushed that he was taking over the best HMRC in the world I'm not expecting them to get anything other than worse under his stewardship before he buggers off on a knighthood. My aim now is to grow my practice as quickly as possible and sell it. Who on earth enjoys this job any more when we have to deal with such incompetent muppets?
8th Sep 2021
Couldn't agree more, I did this once and it's very scary. Especially when you consider duties as you say, even if you are clean living (I am most definItely not!) and only fill up the car. Then there is IPT and airport taxes. All conveniently ignored by the media.
8th Sep 2021
Just to throw a cat amongst the pigeons, for what it's worth, my view is we should be asking ourselves why it is as a heavily taxed country we still have 3rd rate services. Let's not forget that there are all the stealth taxes (speeding fines etc.) too on top of the rest. When the tax burden is compared to 60 years ago, those other "taxes" weren't there at all so we are taxed an awful lot higher than we were then, and more than is being said in the press. The NHS is like some sacred cow that can't be criticised. Like every other public sector body it is bloated and inefficient and filled with managers that couldn't organise a p*** up in a brewery. Look at all the public organisations that have pretty much had an 18th month fully paid holiday. We should be looking to cut the huge waste from these bloated organisations, not throw more money at them in the hope it will mean they get the job done.
26th Aug 2021
accountancy manager. all day long. Senta is time comsuming to set up, but is more customisable, but AM has everything I need.
22nd Aug 2021
We're trying to recruit 2 non-graduates from any background, to give anyone who is keen and can spell a great opportunity for a career. What we are getting is people of all ages from all backgrounds with a glut of qualifications who seem to have obtained them without the basic ability to read, write or use a spell checker.
22nd Aug 2021
Not at all. Younger people can only sit the exams and courses put in front of them. It's the scandalous dumbing down of exams that means it's difficult for the brightest to be seen. When everyone has an "ology" then what's it's value?
22nd Aug 2021
maybe, maybe not, but the issue here is not my advert. It's how well qualified people can't even string a sentence together.
21st Aug 2021
Exactly right. Regardless of our advert (which I thing covers most of the points above in any case), my point is how disappointing it is that people with A*'s all over their CV can't even read or write, or understand basic arithmetic. How can someone who can't string a few sentences together on their own CV and spell check (I mean really, a click of the mouse in word), have obtained a masters degree? Something which if I'm not mistaken requires a 10,000 word dissertation? I seriously had one CV from someone who described themselves as a graduand who was proficicant in all microsoft office programs. Recruitment has been getting worse for years, but it seems almost impossible these days. That's my rant over. If anyone has any ideas to help find some decent applicants for a couple of junior positions I'm all ears and will be forever grateful.
21st Aug 2021
we're trying to make use of the scheme to give someone a start who might otherwise not get one. If you read the post you'll see we've had applicants from graduates and a few with masters degrees that simply can't string a sentence together. It's not the scheme, those people could just as easily be candidates regardless. Not every person on universal credit is a deadbeat, particularly given what's happened in the last 16 months. These are junior positions, so should not require the likes of robert half or michael page. I just think it's very very sad the people with A stars all over the shop can't use spell check.