I am more than happy to provide a reference to Jo's Growth Accelerator Program. I recently met with Jo for my first Growth Accelerator meeting. I was unsure what to expect but came along with a handful of issues that were bothering me. I found the meeting to be extremely useful as Jo listed and then worked through my worries, dealing with each one in turn and putting my mind at rest. She offered advice and possible ways for me to move forward on each one and this helped me to see that I wasn't alone and that solutions were possible. During our meeting, we identified a number of actions for me to do such as drawing up a five year plan and increasing our daily fees. I really like Jo's holistic approach to solving problems. She uses her vast professional expertise and a number of analogies and stories from her personal experience and her approach is relaxed and friendly. She also has a large network of contact details of other trusted professionals who can help with various tasks. I was so impressed and reassured after the meeting that I have booked in for regular quarterly meetings so that Jo can continue to help me move my business forward. I am particularly looking forward to developing KPIs for my nursery and doing work plans to open a second setting, all of which will be much easier and less stressful with Jo's expert assistance.
Lesley Kershaw,Managing Director - Lesleys Private Day Nursery
Business Works and Joanne Tomlinson especially, have been instrumental in developing Kedel Limited into a profitable high growth business. Jo has worked with the Managing Director and the Management team attending monthly meetings. Reporting on the current state of the company’s finances and helping to focus us on the strategic development and planning required for future growth. Jo has worked on projects from enabling Kedel to present cases to Banks and enabling us to maximise our R&D potential in reducing our Corporate Tax bill. Jo has a wide range of experience which she is able to focus on the needs of a small and growing business. Jo in considered very much of the team and our financial leader rather than an outside contractor. I would certainly recommend Jo’s help for other businesses with the potential to grow.
Dermot Walch,Managing Director - Kedel Limited
I’ve been absolutely blown away with the service, support and enthusiasm from Jo and all of her team. Having left a major UK PLC to set up my own consulting firm, they helped me through every step of setting up and managing my own business. Ultimately I chose to accept a new role in the US, and Jo has personally supported me through a highly complex transition, liaising with US accountants to make it as tax efficient as possible. I think it’s very telling to say that I actually look forward to meetings with my accountants! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
Kevin Yapp,Kevin Yapp - Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation - Avnet inc
During the set up phase of the business, the directors of SquareCubed were quick to identify their inexperience in the creation of a new company and many of the financial rules and regulations including tax legislation. Rather than attempt to learn this information ‘on-the-fly’ or outsource the various business requirement to a handful of faceless specialist businesses, the directors looked for a financial services company that would offer a more fully integrated service. It quickly became apparent from our initial discussions with Jo Tomlinson that Business Works would provide the level of interaction that SquareCubed were looking for. From the basic payroll and bookkeeping services to personalised coaching on the equitable management of the day to day operations of the business, Jo’s breadth and depth of experience provided an invaluable service that made the creation and growth of the business more straightforward. Additionally, Jo’s advice on tax planning has ensured that both the business and the personal situations of the directors are as efficient as possible. On behalf of SquareCubed, I have no hesitation in recommending Business Works and Jo Tomlinson to businesses and business owners that really want to get hold of their finances.
Mike Sullivan,Director - Squarecubed
Joanne has helped me and our company through a complex merger and separation exercise. This meant making sense of a complex history of accounting activity and untangling everything. The result was big savings on tax and the peace of mind that our accounts are compliant and accurate. Thanks Joanne and the crew.
John Hogg,Owner - Crown Forge
Joanne Tomlinson and the team at Business Works have done a fantastic job for us at Good Egg. Jo is a first rate accountant and a very personable individual! She has built a great team at Business Works and as a smallish practice offer a more human service than most larger firms. As a start up there were a range of requirements on the accounting side and have to say that their professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm are second to none. Wholeheartedly recommend Business Works to any company, they are excellent accountants and a real pleasure to work with as well as good value for money.
Tom Avery,Director - Good Egg Digital
Hard to believe, but the last two years have been a special time in my life. The support from Business Works has been unbelievable and I know that I have been quite lucky to hook up with Business Works as a company. Starting a company is quite a daunting experience and having advice and support on the areas that you have little expertise in should not be underestimated. Companies that are growing, live and die on cashflow and good accounts and financial advice. All of these things have flowed from Business Works to Kedel Limited and helped our continued growth and business development.
Dermot Walch,Managing Director - Kedel Limited
Joanne has been one of the most valuable resources to our business. Since we started the Company, Joanne and her team have helped us to grow our business profitably – often against the most demanding deadlines. She offers the very best tax and accounting advice and I have recommended her to several other businesses. A ‘must have’ addition to our business. Business Works have been a vital tool in helping our business move forward. As we have grown and our needs and requirements have seen a step-change, Business Works has been ideally placed to offer the right advice and service at the right level for us. We look forward to working with Jo and the team going forward
James Dalton,Director - Fonemedia
Business Works came highly recommended to us, by one of their other clients (Bailey Hunter). As we were experiencing problems with our then current accountant we took advantage of Business Works’ free 1 hour consultation. This consultation was an eye-opener, in respect of previous advice that we had been, and in some cases not been, given. Since moving over to Business Works in July 2013 we have been extremely happy with the advice and guidance we have been given to help grow and improve our business. Sindy and Jo are happy to meet with us any time we need them, and all the team are always just on the other end of the phone. I take this opportunity to thank Business Works for all their help so far … thank you!!
Paul Cooper,Director - Coopers Maintenance Limited
I would highly recommend Joanne for accountancy services. She has assisted me recently in my business; she has been extremely efficient and is very knowledgeable.
Claire Cox,Managing Director - Bailey Hunter
The Growth Accelerator has been great for me as I feel it has given me the chance to step out of the business and view it from the outside. Jo has helped me identify the weaker parts of my business that need work on. I have already put these processes in place and I can see the results already. Jo has also set a strategy for me to develop my business as it grows by adding more staff and processes to help me manage my time better. The time I have spent on the Growth Accelerator has been well worth it and I would recommend it to anyone. I must admit I was a little pessimistic when I signed up, but my opinion change straight after the first meeting. I would like to this opportunity to thank both Jo and the Growth Accelerator Team.