Strategic guidance vital to SMEs and how accountants can help

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of the country, accounting for 99.9 per cent of all businesses across the UK. At the start of 2021, there were estimated to be 5.6 million UK private sector businesses. But they acknowledge, according to a survey, that their operations would struggle to function efficiently without the […]

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of the country, accounting for 99.9 per cent of all businesses across the UK.

At the start of 2021, there were estimated to be 5.6 million UK private sector businesses.

But they acknowledge, according to a survey, that their operations would struggle to function efficiently without the assistance of accountants, particularly as COVID-19 has swept across the country.

Strategic guidance vital to SMEs

The survey has confirmed the importance of accountants to SMEs, rating the profession as the go-to business service as firms struggled with problems over the pandemic, Brexit and other areas like moving across to Making Tax Digital (MTD).

This is where the expertise of accountancy firms using the latest cloud accounting technology can help to ease the burden on their clients.

The survey, commissioned by accountancy software supplier Sage, shows 91 per cent of SME owners rate accountants as an important part of their business operation, while 49 per cent are happy to approach them for strategic business guidance.

When asked what services they would go to when first starting a business, more than a third (34 per cent) said accountants would be the first port of call.

The survey also found:

  • Over a quarter (28 per cent) said Covid-19 had driven them to seek out the help of an accountant
  • A fifth (18 per cent) named Brexit as the driving factor. In fact, during the pandemic, over half increased their reliance on accountants
  • Sage also found that two-fifths (39 per cent) of SMEs name Making Tax Digital as the number one reason they sought accountancy services.

Named by small and mid-sized businesses as ‘critical’, the new study discovered a huge 91 per cent of SMEs use the services of an accountant, with half (49 per cent) using their services at least weekly.

Accountants can play an important role for many businesses and this research shows they are vital to the UK’s economic recovery.

At Seymour Taylor we offer Strategy Days and an Outsourced Finance Director service, which may be useful for businesses looking for help in this area. Find out more here https://stca.co.uk/services/advisory-services/

In addition to this our business has a specialist Digital Solutions Team to help move your accounting online ensuring you get the most out of your cloud accounting package. Contact us to find out more  https://stca.co.uk/services/cloud-accounting/digital-solutions/

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