Amber Accounting offer support, via our Virtual Finance Office, to make your job as a business owner easier
At EQ, we understand that juggling the financial and operational side of your business, at the same time as actually running the business, is not easy. We believe in taking away the hassle, giving you the chance to focus on running your business. That’s why we have a dedicated department called Amber Accounting, to offer our expertise and support to your day-to-day financial controls.
We can offer a bespoke collection of services to make your job as a business owner easier. Our range of services includes the day-to-day provision of bookkeeping services, payroll, and VAT compliance to management accounting, IT training, secondment of staff to cover short-term needs (such as sick leave or maternity cover) and, for some clients, the full outsourcing of their financial record-keeping.
Think of us as your Virtual Finance Office (VFO), always looking out for your business without you ever having to worry about managing a staff member or supplying the relevant training. We can offer advice, working with you to find the best solution for your business. Whatever your requirements as a business owner, we have it covered.
For more information on how we can take the hassle away from your business, take a look at the areas we can help with. For any advice, or an informal discussion on how we can help you, contact one of our Amber team who will happily talk you through the options available to you.
I would be happy to recommend EQ Chartered Accountants and Amber Accounting Services to any business or individual looking for a comprehensive, friendly and professional approach to tax and accountancy matters. Having taken responsibility for running my own business in 2012, their combined advice has been invaluable as part of the process.
Director, PPCA Ltd
Amber provided accounting support to our Block Management operation. It certainly wasn’t the easiest of jobs and Hannah coped extremely well with the complexities of our systems and performed a great job.
Managing Director, Estate Agency Thorntons Law
I have used the services of both EQ and Amber for a number of years now. They are very professional but approachable and always willing to listen and provide valuable advice when needed.
AMCA Creative Limited
Due to running a number of compact but diverse businesses, one's time can be spread too thinly. Amber's involvement has ensured this does not happen in relation to all financial work; including VAT/PAYE/annual accounts. I can therefore focus on managing and developing the businesses and the projects they deliver.
Director, DJS Creative Marketing Ltd
The Xero package is ideal for small businesses and charities with little in-house knowledge of bookeeping and/or accounting proceedures. With excellent training and back-up from Amber Accounting Services, we were quickly able to throw away the old Excel spreadsheets upon which we had relied for too long. Not only are accounting entries simple to make and reconcile, but the on-line nature of the system enables anyone authorised to access the package to do so whenever they wish to, and from wherever they may be. This is a big plus for us and enables management to keep a remote eye on things and download reports whenever needed. The additional benefit is that year end information is presented to our accountants, EQ, in a form which simplifies their year-end work and reduces overall cost.
Brechin Day Care Centre
Having used Amber Accounting for nearly two years I have found them to be most helpful and understanding to the needs of our agricultural business. A suitable accounts package for the business was recommended and after training, I certainly haven't looked back. The staff are very helpful and have no hesitation in answering any questions that I may have.
Partner, W E Scorgie & Son, Agricultural Engineers
“Following our move to EQ/Amber, we have been delighted by the advice and support provided. All our issues can be addressed by the one team, from a PAYE coding notice query to a business acquisition.”
Nick & Tony Price
My Care (Grampian) & My Care (Tayside)
As a new company, quarterly and annual accounts are a necessary but time consuming exercise – but the peace of mind having the professional service from Amber is a must for our business. Their thorough approach to bookkeeping not only ensures all our quarterly / annual reconciliations and VAT returns are correct and on time, but also highlights any errors which we may have overlooked.
Of particular help to our business is their flexible approach to our way of working. A busy retail environment, like ours, produces a huge variety of transactions, payment types, VAT refunds, exports etc – all of which are easily consolidated by Amber, leaving myself and my staff free to concentrate on our business development.
Amber have also assisted us with SAGE training, PAYE and telephone help, providing the peace of mind that we are not alone with our problems!!
Amber are a personable, approachable and highly competent group of people, that we enjoy, and hope to continue, working with for many years.
Director, Walker the Jewellers
I recently upgraded my computer for my business and decided to take the opportunity to upgrade my QuickBooks to an online version. It became apparent that this was not to be as straightforward and simple as I had hoped.
Amber advised me of a grant that I could apply for through Skills Development Scotland to help me with the cost of the training I was going to need. Amber helped me with the new application and then spent the necessary hours with me teaching me the new system.
They are always at the end of the phone for those moments of panic when things don't go as smoothly as they should! Quite simply, without the expert knowledge and professional help and guidance of Amber Accounting my business would still be in the dark ages!
Director, Ross Fraser Footcare Products Ltd
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