22 ways to get more out of Xero for your service business

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Looking for a Xero accountant to help your business grow?

Could your business be doing better? Do you worry about paying wages or bills? Are business worries keeping you awake at night?

We know that doing the same thing gets the same results!

If you’re feeling brave and ready to change, we’re ready to help you understand your numbers. Our Directors each have personal experience of running their own businesses, investing their own money and taking difficult decisions. With skill-sets ranging from the strategic to the practical, and training to implementation, our friendly team support you in making the difficult decisions which come with the role of business owner. Of course, we will take care of your compliance and tax requirements too.

Our monthly packages are designed to:

  • make sure you know how well each part of your business is doing (your margins);
  • talk through the changes you need to make to improve results and
  • show you how you can improve cashflow.

Our team will be on hand to answer questions, with no fear of surprise bills!

Your approachable Xero specialist accountants in Devon and Somerset

As a Xero accountant and business advisor, we help businesses like yours in Devon, Somerset, Cornwall, Dorset and further afield.

If you’d like to do something different this year and get better results for you and your business, we’d love to hear from you. Your first step is to book your Business & Xero Review for £195 + VAT, or chat with us today.

Xero Experts

Fed up with extra paperwork which takes you away from your family and business? Systems which don’t talk to each other? We can help.

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Are profits lower and cash tighter than you’d like, despite your business growth? Thinking about your exit strategy? Get the FD level support you need.

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Outsourced Accounts

Not getting real value from your accountant? Reluctant to employ someone else in your office? Find out how our team can support you.


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Emerald First Aid: a client perspective

“It’s a whole different ballgame working with Wessex Commercial. It’s so important to make timely decisions, rather than leave them until after the year-end… Graham has helped me understand that we have to have sales targets if we want to achieve a certain level of profits. He’s also identified cost savings – previously we’d missed out on tax allowances. As we grow and take on staff, I’ve realised that other people and their families now depend on us. I needed someone to hold me accountable for the performance of the business, and Graham does exactly that … The best part of working with Wessex Commercial is their business experience. It’s worth its weight in gold.”

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Portland Stone Firms: a client perspective

“Bringing Graham in to review our business gave us a great opportunity to reflect on our pricing and performance. We needn’t have worried if he would be the right fit for us. It was clear during a walkabout that he got his head around our operations very quickly.

Graham grasped the intricacies of our business, and worked through copious data to understand what drives our business results. He looked at the evidence from a range of viewpoints and was very professional in his approach. It was clear he was going to deliver honest feedback whatever his findings.

If you can explain something simply, it shows you understand! Graham’s feedback to us was clear, concise and very helpful. I would recommend him to your business.”

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Livingstons Marine: a client perspective

“Wessex Commercial are a fantastic partner for my business. As a business owner, they’ve held my hand through set up and growth. They take away the headache of the ‘numbers game’ and are always on hand for a chat.

I love what I do, but I’m numbers averse, and would end up losing money if it was not for Wessex Commercial. There’s no doubt their service pays for itself and more. I really appreciate that they tailor their service to suit their clients’ needs. It’s fair to say they under-sell and over-deliver.

I recommend them to other business owners and, I know it is a cliché, but I feel completely confident working with them.”

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Auxilium HR: a client perspective

“The WCS team are fantastic and I wouldn’t be without them. Great service, easy to understand advice and guidance when I need it.

I really like their use of technology so it streamlines the things I need to do, makes mine and their job easier and keep things efficient and cost effective.

I highly recommend the Business and Xero Review service they offer as this got me off to a great start.”

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Salcombe Gin: a client perspective

“When taking on a new accountant, it’s vital to build a trusted relationship. That’s what we have with Wessex Commercial. I work closely with the WCS team, who help us keep track of revenue from multiple channels and payment platforms.

The support we receive from Wessex Commercial is excellent. Whereas you may only hear from other accountants at month end, our contact is available on the phone for general enquiries. She goes above-and-beyond, getting everything done on time for us.

The team are always looking for ways to help improve our efficiency. They’ve provided us with a cashflow forecasting app, and we have another great app in place which allows us to send in bills and receipts with minimal fuss.

If another SME were looking for an accountant? I’d definitely recommend Wessex Commercial. The team are always efficient, always at the end of the phone, and great to work with!”

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Tufcoat: a client perspective

“I’ve used an outsourced FD in the past, but with hindsight, this was quite disruptive. It’s definitely been better working with WCS, they strike a balance so that I remain in control of the business, but the backup is there when I need a finance professional.

The WCS team highlight potential issues and act as a sounding board for ideas, and unlike some consultants, they don’t just point to what needs to be done and leave you to get on with it, they keep helping to improve the business. Since working with WCS, we have seen around a tenfold improvement in profitability.

I feel comfortable and confident working with WCS. The team are understanding and approachable, and I’d recommend them to anyone looking for commercially-minded accountants.”

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Refesh Movement: a client perspective

“Have been working with WCS since I set up my business 4 yrs ago and have always found them helpful and efficient.

The systems they put in place enable me to run my business, rather than worry about bookkeeping.”

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Huntsmore: a client perspective

“Their hands-on experience in construction really appealed to us. It means that, when we ask a question, they ‘get it’ straight away – no need to convince them or do a lot of explaining.

We also like the fact that Wessex are up-to-date with technology. We had signed up to Xero before we joined, but were still doing accounts on spreadsheets. That’s despite the fact that we were working with a fairly large accountancy firm! It’s much easier to see how we are doing now – our management accounts provide a clear, up-to-date picture.

I’d describe Wessex as a ‘nimble’ company, that has its clients’ interests at heart. We meet up from time-to-time to discuss what’s happening in our business. If we have any problems, I’m confident that the team at Wessex will guide us through them.”

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Assentech: a client perspective

“We enjoyed a seamless transition when we took on Wessex as our accountants. The team are always on hand to answer any questions we have – they’re easy to get hold of and easy to talk to.

Better still, they don’t shy away from difficult issues. They provide straightforward options for us to consider. It makes such a difference when your accountant talks your language. Their business experience shows!

We really value the ‘can do’ approach which we see at Wessex, together with their attention to detail and the level of support they provide.”

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Nautibuoy Marine: a client perspective

“I’m feeling a lot more confident now about our accounts and Xero. Our Operations Manager has had great training and support from Wessex Commercial. (We only had limited Xero training in the past). Wessex have smartened up our company accounts and ensured that the balance sheet more accurately reflects the value of the business.

The ‘big picture’ is much clearer now. And because I’m feeling much more confident about Xero, I’m able to focus on growing and developing our business.

It’s never an easy decision to change accountants, however it’s made a big difference. Would we recommend Wessex Commercial? 100%! Thank you to the team for supporting us.”

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How much does it cost? How will it work?

What does a package with Wessex Commercial look like? Firstly, no surprises. We don’t do estimated bills or send you a big annual bill at the same time as your Corporation Tax or Self Assessment is due.

Our packages

The most hassle-free option is our fully outsourced accounts and consultancy service. You’ll need to send data (such as bills and receipts) to us using an app or email address, but we’ll provide:

  • set-up and training services
  • quarterly or monthly management accounts
  • bookkeeping
  • VAT, CIS, payroll
  • regular consultancy
  • ongoing support
  • year-end accounts and tax returns

all for a fixed monthly fee, paid by Direct Debit. If you already have a bookkeeper we can train them, and if you have a specialist accountant or tax adviser, we’re happy to work with them too.

Interested? Let’s talk.

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