Professional and affordable bookkeeping
With a wealth of knowledge in the accounts, taxation and bookkeeping sectors, we are a trusted partner for businesses in the Cambridge area. Our mission is simply to help our clients’ businesses flourish.
Recommended and trustworthy bookkeepers
Formed in 2013 between associations Paul Cain and Ellie Beer, the team has grown along with our reputation, and we are proud to be recognized as the number one most recommended bookkeeper in the UK, on FreeIndex.
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There are many accountants and bookkeepers out there, so we thought we’d come up with an unbeatable offer to help you make an easy choice…
Our 7 point guarantee
You won’t need to spend hours trying to find old invoices at year end.
We will be there for you 24/7 including holidays
We promise to answer ALL your questions within 12 hours (although 90% are handled within an hour).
You will have your accounts explained to you in jargon free language, during your 12 monthly 1-2-1 reviews.
Being proactive we will identify potential issues before you do.
As long as you get your information back to us as requested, we guarantee you will NOT get fined from HMRC, for late filed returns or we will cover your costs.
All our fees are crystal clear. If you can find a lower cost alternative on a like for like service, we will match the price.
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How can Cain & Beer
Bookkeeping and account management
By accurately recording your business’s ledger, up-to-date and efficient bookkeeping can transform the day-to-day running of your company. We can work remotely or can undertake your bookkeeping on site – this is another benefit of being local.
One of the most complex parts of financial management, missing or incorrectly filed VAT returns can result in penalties. A pressure point for many companies, let Cain & Beer take the stress out of formalising and submitting your VAT return.
Invoicing, reconciliation and credit control
For businesses cashflow management is key, invoicing promptly and being paid on time is invaluable as is ensuring that your company’s financial data is accurate – enabling you to make business decisions based on facts, not belief.
Payroll and auto enrolment
If your business has employees, one or many, Cain & Beer can manage your payroll including issuing pay slips and employers National Insurance submissions to HMRC. Within our service we can arrange the set up of pension schemes for your staff.
Supporting your business
In addition to taking on your company’s financial management or bookkeeping services, Cain & Beer also offers a range of services to help you take care of your own accounts. Our bookkeeping workshops are intimate and (we like to think) fun! You will leave the workshop with a clearer understanding of the records you are legally required to keep, where you can claim business expenses and how to maintain straightforward bookkeeping spreadsheets. You will also be given a range of templates to get started with.
Cain & Beer can also set you up online accounting software such as Xero or Quickbooks and offer you tutorials in how to use these to benefit your business.
Still not sure whether Cain & Beer is the right bookkeeper for you?
Read on to see what one of our local clients has to say:
Case study: Cambridge
Louisa had just started doing the bookkeeping for a new client prior to lockdown but now needed to learn a cloud based alternative accounting software. She had a VAT return looming and lots to catch up on and needed help fast.
All the local Xero trainers Louisa contacted could not help her as the lessons are usually classroom based which were not allowed during lockdown. Louisa contacted her friend Fay Wallis as she is a member of Sutton BNI and she hoped she might know someone.
As it turned out Paul Cain is in the same BNI Chapter as Fay and it was an easy introduction for her to make.
Paul contacted Louisa and scheduled in 5-hour long sessions via Zoom for Xero and Hubdoc training so distance and meeting in person was not an issue.
The Zoom training sessions were broken down for each module (Hubdoc & Setup, Contacts, Bank, Financials and Expenses. The sessions were all booked in advance at times to suit her busy schedule and the training was all at Louisa’s pace. Louisa booked in an extra session to go through filing her client’s VAT return, so she had peace of mind.
At the end of the course Louisa felt confident to take on more client’s bookkeeping using Xero and Hubdoc which was music to Paul’s ears.
In Our Client’s Words:
Paul was recommended to me by a friend. I decided to give remote training a go as had recently set up a client with Xero and felt that some one to one training would give me a better understanding of the software. This proved to be a great decision. Paul walked through the whole process over a period of initially four lessons.
He works at your pace and answers any questions clearly, by screen sharing he was able to point his way around the software & we worked through all the elements that Xero offers. We booked the days and times to train to suit what I had to get done for my client, so I was working on actual documents rather than test ones.
I also came away feeling that I would be happy to offer my services to other clients and get them set up with this amazing package. Leaning Hubdoc that compliments Xero was truly a revelation. It has allowed me to work completely remotely and enabled my client to work more efficiently. Paul also produced a set of accompanying notes that has assisted when you need to have a refresh.
Having been so happy with the first four lessons I booked a one-off lesson for VAT in Xero as had no experience of filing one with HMRC. Again, Paul gave me the confidence to complete this task and we filed one live in my last lesson.
I know zoom has now reached many more users than before, I have to say the video and sound quality is excellent and with Pauls smiley face on your screen makes training remotely just as good as a training room!