Kim's bio in brief
- Over 20 years experience
- Qualified to:
- AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting
- ICB Diploma in Payroll Management
- ICB Diploma in Costing & Budgeting
- Membership: Fellow of Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)
- Practice Licence with ICB
- Experience from working in Practice
- Experienced in (but not limited to):
- Bars and Restaurants
- Construction and Architectural
- Estate Agencies
- IT Specialists
- Legal Practices
- Media, Production and PR
- Private Schools and Colleges
- Working for:
- SMEs and Micro businesses
- Sole Traders, Partnersips, LLPs and Ltd Companies
So what do you need to know about Parks Bookkeeping Services?
As early as 7,000 years ago, the Mesopotamians were found to be keeping financial records, although there is also evidence to suggest other earlier cultures were recording their finances; therefore, making bookkeepping a possible contender to being one of the oldest professions in the world - even older than prostitution. As city and cultural financial and taxation needs grew, bookkeeping was developed and by the medieval 14th century it was generally recognisable as the system that is used today.
Parks Bookkeeping Services is neither several hundered years old nor is it medieval, but it does have a long association with bookkeeping and accountancy. Kim, the practice owner, is third generation following on from where both her grandparents and parents left off. So she's experienced a lot; manual bookkeeping ledger systems, the introduction of the Sage Accounts package in DOS, the arrival of Quickbooks desktop onto the market and now cloud accounting. "You need to cut your teeth somewhere, and the red and green of Sage DOS will stay with me for years" she jokes, "but I think the 1980s to today have been the most exciting of times and I'm glad to have been priviledged to live through them."
PBS is committed to helping business owners gain their own 'financial' freedom by providing the best financial outsourcing solution needed. We spend the time understanding your business, Kim herself knows how to make an hydraulic hose, "you can't understand how a business works unless you've worked in it. At Pirtek one of my main jobs was volume invoicing so I needed to make sure that the correct amount of items were sold for each hose made. As this was an on-site service it was often difficult to ask the salesman what he'd used so it enabled me to make sure common ommissions were rectified quickly," she continues, "how can we offer a bespoke service unless we know what it is that you do?" So, we'll spend a little time listening to your requirements before offering suggestions and advice based upon that. Once you're happy with the solution we're ready to price.
And as both a fellow member and member in practice with the Institue of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), PBS is also committed to making sure that you have the right person for the job. All practice members have been highly trained to a professional standard, are members of the ICB and are devoted to continuing their professional development through the ICBs CPD programme as well as ongoing training. They are also experienced in their field of expertise. "Please don't confuse us with accountants, we both have specific jobs, although we're able to offer similar year end services without the jargon," Kim affirms, "you wouldn't build a house without a solid foundation. If you get the bookkeeping right then this makes the year end accounts a breeze for your accountant, if you have one. They'll thank us, they'll thank you and your annual bill will be reduced as a result." It's win, win then.
Parks Bookkeeping Services are here to listen, we're here to understand and we're here to help. And if you don't believe us, here's what our clients and collaborators, past and present, have to say about us:
"Kim is a joy to work with, in the relatively short time we’ve worked together I’ve found her to be extremely knowledgeable, highly responsive and super helpful as the business migrated to a new system. She completely understands our business and brings a perfect blend of good practice, patience and humour! I’m very glad to have found her and would highly recommend her services."
Rebecca Howes, Director - Creative Consultancy
Ivan & Albena Yordanova, Directors - Web solutions and IT support
Paul Read, Business Owner - Bespoke tailors
Stuart Balmer, Director - Dress designers and manufacturers
Michael Traboulsi, Director - Media production
Gwilym Harbottle, Chair of Trustees - Part of MIND, the mental health charity
Zak Jacobs, Director - SEO specialists
Rachel Mackinnon, Director - PR agency
Roberta Scendoni, Management Accountant - Creative agency
Richard Riley FCCA DipPFS - Accountants, wealth advisors and finance trainers
Alan Cripps, Director - Non-profit organisations consultancy
Heidi Charlton, Previous owner of TFMC Bermondsey - Bookkeeping and accountancy services