Friday, 25 February 2011

week included new clients, very positive discussions with potential A1 bookkeeping franchisees and a busy play centre!

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Compare your results with your competitors

So you have received your year end financial accounts and you are pleased with the profits made last year. However is it really a good result? Could it be that the industry has seen a lift or your sector has received some specific attention generating new business for you? Even vice versa, if it was not a good year, was that just you or was it the industry?

Have you considered comparing your business results against others in your line of business? Why not take a look at the Benchmarking service offered by Chapman Robinson & Moore accountants, A great way to compare your key numbers and performance indicators for that wider picture.

Friday, 18 February 2011

week included great coverage in the press with front page of Primary times for The Treehouse play centre & Oxford Mail 'the issue'

Friday, 11 February 2011

week included Bookkeeping, Marketing support, First aid supplies, Excellent Oxford Business Network social at Cockadoo,

A1 welcomes Guildford based franchisee

A1 Financials would like to welcome our new franchisee, Mark Butcher, to the team. Mark will be based in the Guildford area. If you know anyone in the Guildford area looking for a bookkeeper or management accounts support, then please see Mark's contact details on our web site

Details about our bookkeeping franchise can be found at

First Aid DVD - version 2

Together with Concept Filming, A1 First Aid are soon to release version two of the DVD, A Comprehensive Guide to First Aid. The new version will include the latest updates, that were recently introduced by the resuscitation council, plus more general scenarios on how to deal with an incident plus a link to a set of evaluation questions to check your understanding. Mike said "Version one has proved to be a very popular refresher tool for many first aiders and we believe these additions will make the DVD extremely good value for money during times when businesses are reducing their training spend".
For more details, please see

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Pressure against your prices

Are you seeing pressure on your pricing model? Perhaps customers are looking elsewhere or reducing orders or simply asking directly for a price reduction?
This may not be simply down to your service or the perceived value of your offering, but simply the external factors impacting many business owners that is forcing us all to look at our day to day costs.
Many businesses are seeing their cost of sales increase. We have heard in the press the likely impact of the increased cost of materials like cotton, metals or food supply. Additionally we have the ever rising fuel costs. So most people are facing increased costs, and with the VAT rise recently increasing some sales prices already and our margins being continually squeezed, as business owners we feel it is difficult to raise prices in the current climate.We recommend that you keep good communication with your customers and understand the factors impacting their business. Then if they come to speak to you, it will not be a surprise and you will be prepared for your response instead of being caught on the spot!

Friday, 4 February 2011

week included bookkeeping, new client sign ups, First aid training & assessing, Franchise discovery event

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Southern Oxfordshire New Business Competition

Here is a great opportunity to raise the profile of a new business in Southern Oxfordshire. The competition details can be found at