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 Maidstone 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: OAKWOOD FIRST AID LIMITED, MAIDSTONE, KENT
Back in 2013, Ellie Beer and Paul Cain were at a local business exhibition and networking event in Ashford. One of the stands that they visited was Oakwood First Aid Limited, Ellie asked Kevin about his business and quickly found out that he needed a bookkeeper.
That was a case of right place, right time and Paul and Ellie explained about Cain & Beer and how we looked after our clients.
Kevin explained that he had been doing all his own bookkeeping and it had been eating into his weekends and evenings when he wanted to spend time with his family. He thought that outsourcing his bookkeeping would be very expensive and he was not sure that he could trust a bookkeeper. Ellie put Kevin’s mind at rest by firstly, giving him an idea of our pricing but then also letting Kevin know that we sign non-disclosure agreements for all our clients.
Our reputation is built totally on trust and that his financial information would always be treated with the strictest of confidence.
Ellie initially completed Kevin’s bookkeeping using Sage, she would meet Kevin monthly to collect his paperwork and return the previous month’s work.
When Ellie left Cain & Beer a year or so later the reins were handed to Sam, who is also based in Maidstone. Sam has continued to complete Oakwood First Aid’s bookkeeping initially using Sage Line 50 and for the past couple of years with Xero and Hubdoc.
These days Oakwood’s bookkeeping is completely automated with Kevin uploading his supplier and sales invoices into Hubdoc for Sam to code and publish into Xero. Kevin’s bank feeds have all been set up to meaning that Sam is able produce and file each quarter’s VAT returns in a swift fashion.
The bank statements are provided electronically too making the reconciliations a walk in the park.
In Our Client’s Words:
I have been using Cain and Beer for quite a few years now and I would not think of using anyone else. They look after you as though you are a member of their family and nothing is too much trouble for them.
My VAT bookkeeping and returns have never been in better hands.