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Nigel Harris reports from a recent Twinfield event in the Netherlands, where they celebrated 'National Accountancy Day'.

A week ago I made a short trip from the UK by car, plane, train and bus to the Dutch town of Nieuwegein, an impressively tidy new town built in 1971 just outside Utrecht. I was one of around thirty international visitors joining over 500 Dutch delegates for the National Accountancy Day of online accounting company Twinfield, now part of the Wolters Kluwer group.

The first thing to say is that the NBC Congrescentrum in Nieuwegein is a most impressive conference centre, especially bearing mind the town only has a population of some 61,000...

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About Nigel Harris

Nigel Harris

I'm a partner with Burton Sweet, chartered accountants & business advisers, and run the Shepton Mallet office down in beautiful Somerset. Despite the name, Shepton Mallet is actually the home of Glastonbury Festival! I trained in audit and corporate tax with Grant Thornton and came to my current position in 1991 via small local practices and a stint with a training consortium.

I have the distinction of being one of the original members of the AccountingWEB editorial team, having been a freelance writer here for a year or so before John Stockdyk joined!



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24th Sep 2013 00:39

How does it compare?

Thanks Nigel.  

Twinfield has been mentioned several times on Aweb over recent weeks but details of what it does and how it compares to other systems have been difficult to ascertain.

The website About Twinfield page lists 15 examples of "The benefits of Twinfield" 14 of which apply to the 3 systems I use, with only the EDP audit one at the end that is perhaps specific to them.

Unlike other providers I can see no specific features page or guides or tours and, these days, I think it's too much to expect a prospective user to have to sign up for a free trial, especially if, after a couple of hours, they find the one thing it can't do that they want.

Then I found the page with the monthly costs."via accountants".  This is confusing but, with typical costs of between say £24 & £52 per month, it's a non-starter if that's what I'd have to pay, (even if it made the coffee and emptied the recycling bin). Is this really what the accountant pays?

Then, hidden away in the "more details" buttons, you see that these prices are per user per month.

When compared to the systems I currently use, and for which I pay between £7.50 & £22 per month, with unlimited users and either extreme handling multi-currency (£52 pm/pu in Twinfield) I'd really like to know what this does that other systems don't.


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