Scrutton Bland becomes the first UK certified partner of award winning cloud app

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Scrutton Bland is thrilled to announce that through its partnering with GoCardless, the online payments company, they can now offer clients the facility to collect direct debits as part of its cloud based accounting solution sblive.

Launched two years ago, sblive combines leading cloud-based accountancy software with a unique combination of professional advisory services designed to help clients become ready for HMRC’s Making Tax Digital initiative and streamline their finances and accounts.

This exciting coup means that the East Anglian based firm has become the first GoCardless certified partner to offer the solution in the UK. Using online technology, GoCardless (named as the UK’s fastest growing fintech company in 2016) gives business of all types and across all sectors the ability to collect invoice payments, membership fees or subscriptions via direct debit. Simply by asking clients to complete a direct debit form, GoCardless can be integrated into sblive business packages in order to speed up payments and increase cash flow whilst reducing the administration process and time wasted on chasing payments.

Speaking about the expansion of Scrutton Bland’s sblive solution, Ryan Pearcy, who recently joined the firm with the remit for developing their cloud offering, said: “This is an exciting development: GoCardless is perfect for a wide range of business sectors, but in particular it will really help those who are reliant on recurring revenue streams, such as the property and creative industries.

“With transaction fees at one per cent (capped at £2) the cost of the software can be easily recouped by time savings which means that businesses no longer have to spend hours processing payments and can have confidence in incoming funds.”

The firm believes that by expanding its cloud based accountancy services their clients will quickly feel the benefits.

Simon Pinion, Business Advisory Partner at Scrutton Bland, said: “We have been helping clients move to cloud based systems for some time now, and without doubt ‘going digital’ has had a hugely positive impact for the businesses we work with. It is our role as business advisers to continue to develop solutions for our clients to bring them the most up-to-date technology and ensure that we are tapping into all the most useful apps that are out there. But as Making Tax Digital is now only six months away, I would strongly recommend that anyone not already using a cloud based system should consider what they need to do to get prepared.”

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