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I've joined a US based business as their Finance Manager in the UK. All is going well so far but feel its time to change some of the companies that we work with. I am sure there are many of you on this site who run their own company or work high up in a business as a decision maker.

I can easily do a search on the Internet and find businesses but recommendations help to sort the best from the rest. I would be really grateful if you could help suggest any companies or ideas which will help our business:

1. UK Bank account - Need to open one up. The usual suspects are in the mix: Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC and Natwest. My only requirement here is working with decent software that will allow me to pay what I need to pay.

2. HR Consultants - The company currently advising us are making too many mistakes for my liking. Do you know of anyone who you use that can give decent HR advice and draw up contracts.

3. Conference calls - Colleagues need to make calls to the US frequently. I want to cut down on the high bills that my colleagues are making claims for. We currently don't have a business landline which make things worse. Are there any good conference call companies out there for businesses that don't have a landline or will we need to get one?

4. Payroll company - Need to find a company that can run a payroll for our UK, German and French entities. Any ideas?

5. Need to get a Photocopier/Scanner/Printer all in one machine. Any advice on a company that leases machines out to customers and provides good service should the machine break down would be welcome.

Thank you for reading my post. Any help most appreciated.

 

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I run a very small business so don't know your scale. Here is what I have done:

1. UK Bank account - I use Lloyds Business who are as bad as all of them. I don't think it matters much which bank. 18 months free banking if it matters. Since 9/11 (I think) opening business accounts is a pain. Allow a month, you probably will need a f2f.

2. HR Consultants - not my area. We are small enough to do this ourselves.

3. Conference calls - I use Powwownow and Soho66 for a virtual land line which routes to my mobile as we have no physical office. Can't see how you can do without a switchboard number.


4. Payroll company - we run the business on FreeAgent which handles all the sticky stuff like PAYE. My account does payroll for (I think 10/employee/month). I can pass you his details but don't think they do foreign.

5. Need to get a Photocopier/Scanner/Printer all in one machine. Not sure of your volumes here but I just have a 200 combined printer etc. Works fine. Sounds like you need bigger if you are looking to lease it.

 

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View Jimenez's Profile Jimenez Flag SELHURSTPARKCHESTER,DA BRONX 25 Apr 15 10.54am Send a Private Message to Jimenez Add Jimenez as a friend

Make sure your non union....

 


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View Y Ddraig Goch's Profile Y Ddraig Goch Flag In The Crowd 25 Apr 15 11.07am Send a Private Message to Y Ddraig Goch Add Y Ddraig Goch as a friend

Bank account is a funny one. The this may well be governed by two main factors.

The types of transactions you make and receive . E.g worldpay, PayPal DDs Chaps etc. the company I work for are currently looking for a new bank because of the above. If I remember correctly worldpay is the main issue.

Second is reputation, some of the banks listed have at best an interesting recent history will they fit on with your company ethos and is there any reputational risk.


I have to make conference calls across the world often watching or presenting various ideas or projects. We use webex. No idea how cost effective it is but from a users perspective it's very good.

 


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View PassDribbleShoot's Profile PassDribbleShoot Flag London 25 Apr 15 11.43am Send a Private Message to PassDribbleShoot Add PassDribbleShoot as a friend

Great advice already. Thank you. If anyone has their own advice to share then would welcome it.

 

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Used to fix photocopiers all the time at my Uni job and it was rare to have to call in the big guys who leased them as nineteen times out of twenty it was just logic, patience and common sense. They obviously charged the earth when they were called.

If you could find a good, professional photocopier engineer to rely on in advance I would not lease the machine but buy it outright.

 


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Hoof Hearted 26 Apr 15 10.00am

I just love the way people come on here to get help with their jobs, dissertations etc.

 

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View PassDribbleShoot's Profile PassDribbleShoot Flag London 26 Apr 15 10.18pm Send a Private Message to PassDribbleShoot Add PassDribbleShoot as a friend

Quote Hoof Hearted at 26 Apr 2015 10.00am

I just love the way people come on here to get help with their jobs, dissertations etc.

Aah hoof what can I say there's always one.....thankfully I'm just glad that the vast majority of people on this site are happy to help someone in need.

Edited by PassDribbleShoot (26 Apr 2015 10.27pm)

 

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nickgusset Flag Shizzlehurst 26 Apr 15 10.42pm

Quote Jimenez at 25 Apr 2015 10.54am

Make sure your non union....


Make sure your employees can distinguish between homophones when spelling.

 

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Quote PassDribbleShoot at 25 Apr 2015 10.06am

I've joined a US based business as their Finance Manager in the UK. All is going well so far but feel its time to change some of the companies that we work with. I am sure there are many of you on this site who run their own company or work high up in a business as a decision maker.

I can easily do a search on the Internet and find businesses but recommendations help to sort the best from the rest. I would be really grateful if you could help suggest any companies or ideas which will help our business:

1. UK Bank account - Need to open one up. The usual suspects are in the mix: Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC and Natwest. My only requirement here is working with decent software that will allow me to pay what I need to pay.

2. HR Consultants - The company currently advising us are making too many mistakes for my liking. Do you know of anyone who you use that can give decent HR advice and draw up contracts.

3. Conference calls - Colleagues need to make calls to the US frequently. I want to cut down on the high bills that my colleagues are making claims for. We currently don't have a business landline which make things worse. Are there any good conference call companies out there for businesses that don't have a landline or will we need to get one?

4. Payroll company - Need to find a company that can run a payroll for our UK, German and French entities. Any ideas?

5. Need to get a Photocopier/Scanner/Printer all in one machine. Any advice on a company that leases machines out to customers and provides good service should the machine break down would be welcome.

Thank you for reading my post. Any help most appreciated.


Accountant in practice here -

1. Banks - much of a muchness. Steer clear of Santander/Co-operative etc though - internet banking is crap.

Best internet banking - probably Lloyds or HSBC. Barclays have some issues downloading older stuff.

2. HR consultants - Peninsula etc do a subscription based service if you are happy to have it as security. I use a solicitor in Northamptonshire for mine - very good, not the cheapest but you get what you pay for.

3. Look at Voip - it's come on a lot these days - phone systems you can spend an awful lot on without getting very much.

4. Any accountant (qualified and decent) should be able to do this - my biggest client runs a payroll of 500+ a week, will all depend on how many employees you have. 20 employees say though is easy to do. Used to run a payroll for a German company for their English employees - it's not really any different to "normal" payroll

5. Can provide you with Companies that will do this - or on the other hand get a decent scanner for about 250 and a decent printer (I use a Samsung ML5515 (5 year warranty). Office is paperless as far as possible inwards, but still have to generate paper outwards.

If you want any more help mate - drop me a PM.

 

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