Scrutton Bland becomes the first UK certified partner of award winning cloud app

09 October 2018 - Elizabeth Nichols

Scrutton Bland is thrilled to announce that through its partnering with GoCardless, the online payments company, and can now offer clients the facility to collect direct debits as part of its cloud based accounting solution sblive.
Launched two years ago, sblive combines leading cloud-based accountancy software with a unique combination of professional advisory services designed to help clients become ready for HMRC’s Making Tax Digital initiative and streamline their finances and accounts.
This exciting coup means that the East Anglian based firm has become the first GoCardless certified partner to offer the solution in the UK. Using online technology, GoCardless (named as the UK’s fastest growing fintech company in 2016) gives business of all types and across all sectors the ability to collect invoice payments, membership fees or subscriptions via direct debit. Simply by asking clients to complete a direct debit form, GoCardless can be integrated into sblive business packages in order to speed up payments and increase cash flow whilst reducing the administration process and time wasted on chasing payments.
Speaking about the expansion of Scrutton Bland’s sblive solution, Ryan Pearcy, who recently joined the firm with the remit for developing their cloud offering, said:
“This is an exciting development: GoCardless is perfect for a wide range of business sectors, but in particular it will really help those who are reliant on recurring revenue streams, such as the property and creative industries.” He went on to say: “With transaction fees at 1% (capped at £2) the cost of the software can be easily recouped by time savings which means that businesses no longer have to spend hours processing payments and can have confidence in incoming funds.”
The firm believes that by expanding its cloud based accountancy services their clients will quickly feel the benefits. Simon Pinion, Business Advisory Partner at Scrutton Bland said: “We have been helping clients move to cloud based systems for some time now, and without doubt ‘going digital’ has had a hugely positive impact for the businesses we work with. It is our role as business advisers to continue to develop solutions for our clients to bring them the most up-to-date technology and ensure that we are tapping into all the most useful apps that are out there. But as Making Tax Digital is now only six months away, I would strongly recommend that anyone not already using a cloud based system should consider what they need to do to get prepared.”
About sblive
sblive is a cloud based business solution which takes leading accountancy software and integrates it with professional advisory services to deliver a complete business advisory package.

With a flexible ‘menu’ of services, sblive allows businesses to select the digital and professional business support they need, when they need it, giving them greater control over the way they manage their finances.
Fully customisable, sblive can be tailored to each individual business by bolting on specific apps and services specifically designed for their industry or sector.

More information about sblive can be found here.

For more information on Scrutton Bland please contact:
Erica Gilson, Marketing & Business Development Director
t: 01473 267000
Note to editors:
The Scrutton Bland Group (Scrutton Bland) includes Scrutton Bland LLP and Scrutton Bland Financial Services Limited and is a provider of insurance broking, accountancy, tax, employee benefits and chartered independent financial advice. From offices in Colchester, Ipswich, Cambridge and Diss, Scrutton Bland serves a range of clients from small owner managed businesses to large corporate organisations and offers professional advice on personal investments through to work place pensions. 

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