We moved from partnership to limited company with Mike in 2018. As well as advising on the setup, he suggested a move from Quickbooks to Xero, a move which we were initially reluctant to do but are so glad we took his advice - Xero makes it much easier to manage our increasingly complicated business and we are only really getting started with it. There are also so many ins and outs of our business and we need a lot of questions answered but the team is always quick to respond, whether by email or a call. The business has grown fast and Mike, his team and Xero have been invaluable during that growth.
Tamsin Allen, fawninteriors.co
"Having taken the decision to start my own business, I was quickly surprised by how many other people and organisations have a say in the running of the business and even more surprised by how little I knew about the workings of HMRC, Companies House and even my bank. Mike was able to guide me through the initial set-up phase by helping me complete the paperwork required by all these and other organisations and also by putting me in touch with other local contacts of his who could help with aspect of the business as diverse as book keeping or stationary design. Mike has always been on hand for advice and information, often at quite unsociable times, and is always very prompt in responding with information and guidance by email, phone and letter.
As an accountant, Mike knows the technical aspects of a business start-up but having actually been through a number of start-ups himself, Mike was able to offer a service that far more accurately matched my needs as a new business owner.
The service that Mike provides me is much more about the day to day running and growth of my business than the pure/traditional accountancy role and he will remain a key factor in the continuing success of my business."
Tim Long Zylpha Solutions Ltd
"We saved £8k pa on bookkeeping after switching to Xero 4 years ago. It’s quick and easy to use, all overseen remotely by Mike and his team. Another often overlooked benefit is if you do it yourself you really get to know your business, and in virtually real time. Support is delivered quickly and efficiently. I have no doubt my business is in a far better place as a result. Mike’s advice and occasionally needed reassurance have also been invaluable, especially in these testing times."
Chris Mabire, www.canvasgallery.com
"We engaged the services of Michael Warner and Company in 2005 after having a less than satisfactory experience with a larger accountancy practice. We have been delighted with the service we have received. Michael is very accommodating and efficient and provides the highest level of customer service."
Dorothy Shirvell, Qudos
Qudos is a management and organisational development consultancy helping managers to become even better managers, thereby improving organisational performance.
"Previously I was struggling using Sage, as I had no bookkeeping training and at the advice of our new accountant Mike Warner, we switched to Xero.
Mike helped with all the complex conversion balances transferring from one system to another and does our year end submittals, but I’m now able to complete the day to day bookkeeping in under half the time it was taking me before, allowing me to get on with other areas of my job.
The reports in Xero are so clear and simple to use I am now able to submit our VAT returns (something we used to pay our old accountant to do). Keeping on track of our cashflow and creditors is now much easier and we use Xero to create our Invoices rather than doing it manually.
As Mike can log on externally to our Xero account, if I have a query or have made an error, he can quickly resolve this remotely and he always responds to any query or problem very promptly.
I would definitely recommend Xero to anyone who doesn’t come from a financial background, especially with Mike being able to advise me when needed. Bookkeeping is no longer a chore!"
Helen Morris, Practice Co-ordinator, Milieu Consult Limited
“Any adviser will rise to the challenge if a client is about to make an acquisition or wants to sell the company. But the real test of advisers' commitment to the client is how they deal with the mundane stuff, such as that irritating communication you pass on to them from HMRC. If I send something over to Michael Warner & Company, the answer always comes back without me having to give it a second thought, and I can rely on the response. And when Michael Warner & Company quote a price, they stick to it. If I should then phone with a particular question, for some advice, even if it doesn't really have anything to do with the matter in hand, Mike Warner will give a view and it isn't accompanied by the sound of a meter ticking.”
Larry Dillner Decision Magazine
"For over 25 years, Mike Warner has been my Accountant and more recently Business Adviser. So when I downsized my business, he had no hesitation in recommending the Xero Accounting System for myself and my daughter to run our new venture. Neither of us had any accounting background, but we have found using the system, with support from Mike’s Xero Team, to be very user-friendly. Keeping up to date with purchase and sales invoices, cash flow, reports, VAT and PAYE is all so simple. I would recommend this system to any small business owner."
Trevor Scott, Hampshire Hedges Ltd
"Xero is a very intuitive and simple accounting system that has helped hugely in being able to manage the business effectively. Inputting information, tracking and reconciling it is very easy. Generating reports so we have a good idea of how the business is doing is straight forward and detailed.
As well as being a good price, the biggest bonus of working with Xero is the time saving it gives us - we can work on new business, rather than spending hours trying to get the figures right. It’s just a quick run through every couple of days and everything is in order."
Lucy Smith, Incite Publishing Ltd
"Xero is a fantastic system which allows you to keep a real handle on your accounts, simply and easily. Mike and his team have remote access so they can keep an eye on activity quickly and unobtrusively. Xero is a great cloud solution for bookkeepers and financial novices alike, backed up with Mike's advice and experience. A great combination which has reduced the time I have to spend on my accounts!"
Winchester Wood Floors Ltd, www.winchesterwoodfloors.co.uk