Exmouth Business Awards 2018: award-win publicity ‘doubled client base’for Accounting on Us

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 April 2018

Helen Buck, owner of Accounting on Us accountancy firm. Picture by Natasha Buck.

Helen Buck, owner of Accounting on Us accountancy firm. Picture by Natasha Buck.

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Accounting on Us won the award for Best Small Business of the Year in 2017 but it is an organisation with big ideas.

Exmouth Business Awards 2017. Best Small Business : Accounting on Us. Picture: John ThorogoodExmouth Business Awards 2017. Best Small Business : Accounting on Us. Picture: John Thorogood

Priding itself on being ‘so much more’ than a book-keeping business the Exmouth firm has served many loyal clients since it formed 14 years ago.

Started by Helen Buck, while on maternity leave, its niche is to ‘guide newly self-employed people and businesses through the tangle of legislation’.

Since being bestowed with the accolade for Best Small Business of the Year at the 2017 awards, the company has never looked back.

Helen said: “In 2016 Accounting On Us was lucky enough to be shortlisted, the publicity doubled the client base, which was fantastic. Winning the award the following year doubled the client base again.

“The last 12 months have been very busy, but hugely rewarding. It was a total surprise; the competition was very strong.”

Plans for the firm’s future include having a family focus, employing increased numbers of parents of young or school-age children.

She said: “The ultimate goal is to build a business that employs parents of young or school age children.

“There is a huge wealth of expertise out there that isn’t harnessed because employment around child care is so difficult.

“The ethos will be that as long as the deadlines are met and the work is completed to the high standards we set, it doesn’t necessarily matter that it is not completed in the traditional nine-to-five office hours.”

And Helen explained why she believes the awards, which are being held at Ocean, on May 18, are ‘absolutely’ a good thing for Exmouth.

“These awards help to build confidence in your business, not only with the public but for yourself as well.

“You can sometimes get so absorbed in your business you don’t recognise how well you are doing – until you get nominated or win an award.

“It also shows the wider community that Exmouth has some amazing businesses.”

Accounting on Us is entering this year’s awards in three categories: Professional Services of the Year; Best Business; and Best Small Business of the Year.

On what advice she would give to this year’s business award hopefuls, Helen said the value of faith should not be underestimated.

“Don’t think you are not good enough, believe in your business!” she said.

In the last 12 months the firm was also awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Certified Book-keepers, recognising its status as a practice of a very high standard.

Accounting on Us has entered three categories in this year’s business awards: Professional Services of the Year; Best Business and Best Small Business of the Year.

Read next: more stories in our build-up to the Exmouth Business Awards 2018

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