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Stratford-upon-Avon

13 The Courtyard
Timothy's Bridge Road
Stratford-Upon-Avon
Warwickshire CV37 9NP

01789 294484

enquiries@gjassociates.co.uk

London

7-8 Stratford Place
Mayfair
London
W1C 1AY

0207 495 0304

enquiries@gjassociates.co.uk

Does your business offer customs services?

If your business does offer customs services, did you know that HMRC could offer you a free listing on their published lists.

HMRC do not vet, approve or recommend individual firms. Information is simply provided to HMRC by customs agents and fast parcel operators and listed as presented.

However, many businesses that need the services of an agent to manage their customs requirements, will likely be accessing the government listings.

To add your business to the government lists you are requested to:

Email customsagentstrainingproviders@hmrc.gov.uk with:

  • the name of your business
  • your contact telephone number, email address and business website address
  • if you would like to be listed as an agent, a fast parcel operator, or both

You can also advise HMRC if you:

  • are available to take on new clients
  • can function as a direct representative or indirect representative, or both
  • provide services for smaller traders
  • can help move goods subject to sanitary and phytosanitary checks
  • offer customs clearances using advance fixing certificates, roll on roll off port, or common transit
  • offer customs services:
    • with a duty deferment account
    • using simplified declarations
    • for shipments of personal goods
  • provide an advisory or consultancy service (for example, advice on supply chains, moving goods and trading terms)
  • want to be signed up for the monthly Customs Intermediaries Bulletin — which gives you the latest HMRC news for customs agents and fast parcel operators
  • offer an out of hours service (outside of usual business hours which are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
  • can facilitate or assist with the movement of goods through pre-lodgement ports, using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS)
  • offer services for completing entry summary declarations for goods imported into Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) using the Safety and Security GB (S&S GB) service
  • offer services to facilitate movements using Customs Declaration Service

You can ask for your company name or other details to be removed at any time.

Grenfell James Technology Adoption Index

How does your business perform against others adopting financial tech? Find out with our interactive diagnostic:

1.

How does your business receive invoices?

A)

Invoices are mainly received in paper form

B)

Invoices are mainly received by email

C)

Invoices are emailed then automatically forwarded to a designated mailbox

2.

How are purchase invoices processed?

A)

Invoices are entered manually

B)

Invoices are attached to manually raised invoices

C)

Automated software (e.g. ReceiptBank, 1Tap, HubDoc etc) collates invoices

3.

How are accounts processed?

A)

Using Excel/paper-based

B)

Using Computer-based, offline software

C)

Using cloud-based accountancy software

4.

How often is business data revised?

A)

Data is updated annually

B)

Data is updated quarterly

C)

Data is updated monthly or more often

5.

How is banking updated for your business?

A)

Banking is updated manually

B)

Banking is updated by imports

C)

Banking is updated via a live feed

6.

How are bank payments made?

A)

Bank payments are manual

B)

Bank payments are made using bulk imports

C)

Bank payments are made directly via accounting software

7.

How are bank receipts reconciled?

A)

Receipts are chased and reconciled manually

B)

Receipts are chased and reconciled automatically

C)

A third-party platform is used to chase debts and collect fees

8.

How often are management reports produced?

A)

No reports are provided

B)

Reports are provided but often too late to be valuable

C)

Reports are automated with real-time information

Score 8-12:

Curious Exploration

Your financial technology phase is Curious Exploration

% of respondent businesses are in this phase too.

Switching accountancy systems may seem like an upheaval, but can be much more straightforward than most businesses imagine. From talking to our clients, they have found moving from paper invoicing and desktop-based accounting software to the cloud and apps quickly makes the transition process a worthwhile investment of time. Digital accounting solutions bring in streamlined processes, up-to-date business data and greater confidence in the accuracy of information when making financial decisions.

Grenfell James works with your team to fully assess the needs of your business and minimise the impact of any transitions for solutions we recommend.

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Score 13-19:

Measured Discovery

Your financial technology phase is Measured Discovery

% of respondent businesses are in this phase too.

Once cloud accountancy software is in place, there’s still plenty of scope to improve your accountancy processes and make sure your business is maximising the benefits of adopting a digital accounting solution. Grenfell James assesses each business to understand how any implemented solutions are being used, identify areas for improvement and the needs of the business overall to support your business goals and achieve success.

Our team of experts can discuss a range of time-saving automation and get different apps and cloud-based solutions talking to create and manage a digital accountancy eco-system to help your business grow.

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Score 20-24:

Bold Innovation

Your financial technology phase is Bold Innovation

% of respondent businesses are in this phase too.

You know the benefits of accounting technology and the impact it can have on your business goals. If you want to take it a step further, our team can conduct a systematic review of your processes, apps and business goals to ensure your digital accountancy ecosystem is keeping pace with the changing needs of a growing business.