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James Cowper Kreston's outsourcing team is a leading provider of financial outsourcing services to businesses.

We provide a range of services which can be tailored to meet your needs, leaving you to concentrate on running your business. Whatever your requirements, you will have at your disposal a high quality resource with access to an array of specialists.


Management Accounts & KPIs

High quality management information is the lifeblood of all businesses, ranging from basic management accounts to more sophisticated reporting systems.

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Company Secretarial

UK companies need to make sure that they comply with all relevant legislation and filing requirements. James Cowper Kreston is able to provide support in this area. This service is particularly popular with international groups which have UK subsidiaries but are not familiar with UK company legislation. It is also regularly used by smaller companies which may not feel comfortable dealing with the regulatory requirements.

The services we can offer include:

  • acting as registered office
  • acting as company secretary
  • company and LLP formations
  • annual returns
  • preparation of minutes and related documents
  • preparation of filing of documents and forms at Companies House
  • dealing with share issues and transfers
  • share restructuring
Interim Assignments

From time to time businesses may find themselves short of suitable internal finance support.

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Budgets & Forecasts

Whilst it is always important to record and assess what has happened, most ambitious businesses quickly move on to what the future holds. This is of greater importance than ever due to the speed with which the modern business environment can change.

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Online Accounting

A growing number of our clients are choosing to use an online solution for their accounting needs.

The benefits include:

  • remote access to your accounts 24/7 from anywhere with an internet browser
  • accurate on-time, comprehensive and detailed management accounts
  • efficiency gains and improved accuracy of data input
  • monthly per-user fees with minimal capital outlay
  • easy scaleability as the business grows
  • a fully managed service to free your team for other activities
  • we can log on remotely to your live data to deal with whatever entries are required without causing you down time

It is clear that online accounting will continue to grow, and we are geared up to assist our clients.  We regularly work with packages such as Xero and Sage and can advise on the best solution for you.


At James Cowper Kreston we can provide an outsourced solution for all of your financial functions, or just some of them if there are certain matters you wish to keep inhouse.

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International Support

James Cowper Kreston works with an increasing number of international businesses, often with a UK subsidiary owned by an international parent.

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Payroll has become a minefield for employers in recent years, and our payroll service has grown rapidly to meet increasing demand, with clients ranging from those with a single employee through to global businesses with a huge workforce.

The service is very cost effective, and the vast majority of clients who use our outsourced accounting services also use our payroll service.

For more information please visit JC Payroll Services Ltd.

Systems Implementation

We often work with clients to help them improve their finance and accounting systems. Sometimes this involves 'tweaking' and incremental change, for example generating better reports, although there are other cases where more fundamental change is needed and a new system needs implementing. New systems are also relevant for start-up businesses.

For clients with an existing system, we can work with you to review it and assess your future requirements, identifying what is working well and which aspects may need improvement and enhancement.

Any new system will need to be well scoped, designed and tested before it becomes operational.  Staff will also need training and the new system will need to be linked with other business processes.

We can work with you to make sure that new systems are effectively implemented, and critical to this will be good project management.


We can provide bespoke training for client staff, including a mix of general training for the finance team and also specific training for individual members of the team.

Much of our training involves the application of software with the finance department, and we have particular skills with Sage, Quickbooks, Xero and Excel, although we have experience of a huge range of software systems and are usually able to provide useful input whatever software you use.

In some cases we set up accounting systems for clients who operate on a fully outsourced basis, but then circumstances change and the work is taken back inhouse. We often provide training to the new staff in these situations and work with them until they are fully conversant with the systems.


VAT compliance is a complex area for many businesses and our VAT specialists can help make sure that you are compliant, whilst at the same time making sure that you take advantage of any available opportunities.

For most of our outsourcing clients we also prepare VAT returns, which are reviewed by members of our specialist VAT team.  This means that you can be assured that you are meeting your obligations.  These include clients where partial exemption calculations are needed and others where flat rate or cash accounting schemes may be appropriate.  We also work with many clients where international aspects may be important.


Credit Control Services

Giving credit is commonplace in most industries, if you don't offer it to your clients they are likely to go to another supplier who will. But how do you ensure that they keep to the terms agreed, does chasing your invoice become a "when someone has some spare time job?"

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