“They made it easy to switch…It was very straightforward and painless.”
Q: What do you do?
A: I’m a software consultant contractor specialist in a particular ERP system (Unit 4 Business World) for finance and HR. I work with public and private sector clients who use it – I build and develop the systems and also provide services for backend databases.
Q: What do you like most about contract work?
A: I like the daily rates, which are very good in what I’m doing. I also like the flexibility of working on a set contract. It’s a good atmosphere to work in because you’re brought in as a specialist and the organisation is pleased to see you. A lot of the time, I can work from home, so I enjoy that flexibility too.
Q: What led to you choosing Meades Contractors?
A: I’d spoken to Paul [when I started my business] but went with another company who were doing a deal. I then spoke to Paul again – Meades are local to me so I can see them face-to-face. They made it easy to switch – they have a switching system and they do as much as they can without involving you, even down to getting you up to speed on the part of the year you’ve missed with them. It was very straightforward and painless.
Q: What do you like about working with them?
A: I like how you’ve got a single point of contact – I’m always talking to Yasmin. You can get ad hoc advice on [things like] tax questions – both corporate and personal. I had help getting documents I needed from HMRC when I was seeking a mortgage. I like FreeAgent too. Everything is done for me – I don’t even have to submit annual documents – my receipts and invoices are attached to FreeAgent and Meades just send me monthly profit and loss statements. I also like the newsletters and the blogs – it’s relevant and helpful information, for example about IR35, taking dividends and VAT advice.
Q: How do you find the service?
A: It’s very good. If I need any advice, I contact Yasmin and I get a very fast response. It’s usually the same day – I never have to wait. Everybody who works there, whether I work with them directly or indirectly, is efficient and provides a very good service.
Q: What are the main benefits for you of working with Meades Contractors?
A: It’s an all-in-one service – really all I have to do is provide receipts. Online is definitely a big benefit, as is the quick service. Meades also do healthchecks – so they look at my company accounts for the year and give me any advice that’s needed. They gave me VAT advice too. They’re proactive – they’re always looking for ways to save me tax.
Q: What about the added value?
A: It’s all the things that you wouldn’t necessarily expect like the blog, the newsletter and the healthcheck.