“Working with them is brilliant. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Q: What do you do and what do you like most about contract work?
A: I’ve been a project manager for the last ten years in the financial services and insurance sector. Contract work gives me the flexibility to do different things and a choice in the type of work I do. I also have the flexibility to take work that’s nearer my home and family when I want to.
Q: What led to you choosing Meades Contractors?
A: When you start contracting you’re stepping into the unknown – setting up your business, doing the VAT returns. Initially, I went with a big well-known accounting firm because I didn’t know what else to do. I ended up doing most of the work myself and then I realised that I didn’t have to. Meades were recommended by a friend and colleague. Working with Meades, I really don’t have to worry about anything. They literally do it for me. The draw for me was being free to do my own work.
Q: What do you like about working with them?
A: They keep me honest and on time. With their cloud accounting software, I have absolute clarity at any time. I can log in and see a real time view of my financial situation on a page – how much money is available to me, when I need to pay VAT and corporation tax. I’m really on top of my finances – the cloud accounting tool allows me to have total clarity about my situation. I referred five friends to Meades and that’s what I tell them – you can just log in and see everything.
Q: How do you find the service?
A: It costs a little more but you get so much more. I never have to chase or worry about missing a deadline. I feel they’re with me on this. I have a single point of contact who is very responsive. I update the system on a weekly basis and then he updates it on a monthly basis and sends me a snapshot of the dashboard and lets me know if there’s anything I need to look out for.
When I started, I had quite a lot of questions – and they were very quick in helping me with those. But now I don’t need to call any more – and it’s because everything runs so smoothly.
Q: What are the main benefits for you of working with Meades Contractors?
A: For me, [it’s about being] able to get on with everything. I just trust them implicitly. I spend hardly any time – maybe 30 minutes a month – doing the invoices and looking through things. I know it’s all in hand – I don’t stress about it. It just allows me to do my job and not have to worry about it. I have absolute confidence that I’m on the straight and narrow. Working with them is brilliant. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
Q: What about the added value?
A: One of the team is a specialist around IR35 so I’ve taken advice from them and it doesn’t cost me any extra.
They regularly put things out on LinkedIn so they’re visible and out there. They’re contractor specialists. I’ve been trying to think if there’s anything I can say about what they could do differently but I really can’t think of anything!