Monahans on Cloud Nine at The Business Show Swindon

Monahans, one of the largest independent chartered accountancy groups in the South West of England, exhibited at the extremely popular Business Show Swindon on 19 March 2013 and were pleased with the huge amount of interest in their new cloud accounting service.

The show took place at the STEAM Museum in Swindon and offered speed networking, business growth and marketing & export seminars as well as an opportunity for businesses to exhibit.

Visitors to the Monahans’ stand received demonstrations of their cloud accounting service, utilising FreeAgent, and learnt how the service can give businesses a competitive edge by allowing you to manage your business and know exactly what is going on quickly and easily, with minimum input from you and your staff.

There was a constant stream of visitors from a wide range of local and national organisations, many of whom were interested in talking to an accountant to help develop their businesses. Cloud accounting in particular was of great interest to business owners, with the majority appreciating the benefits it could bring to their business and the user friendliness of the FreeAgent product.

“Monahans were delighted with the results from exhibiting at the show” states Simon Tombs, Partner at Monahans, "We spoke to a lot of potential new clients during the day and also had the chance to catch up with many people we already knew.

There was a positive buzz around the place, with most visitors and exhibitors clearly optimistic for the future. It was great to be a part of this event."   

A competition to win an iPad Mini also took place on the Monahans’ stand, the winner- Joe Hill of Ultimate Finance, was selected by achieving the fastest lap in a fast and furious racing game.

Within the Sir Daniel Gooch Theatre, Monahans Partner, Simon Cooper, presented a workshop to teams participating in the Young Enterprise Scheme, outlining the importance of good financial management for businesses. The Young Enterprise Scheme is the UK's largest enterprise education charity. The workshop gave students the opportunity to listen to business representatives and learn from real life experiences.

Simon Cooper was impressed by their enthusiasm and initiative. "It was great for me to spend some time with the next generation of potential business entrepreneurs. We had a really useful discussion about their various business initiatives and I was able to share information and ideas, particularly around financial issues, which are addressed by all successful business. I wish all the teams the best of luck in the final stages of the Young Enterprise initiative and look forward to seeing their future progress."

Monahans Business Bureau is the accounting, bookkeeping, tax, payroll, employee benefits and HR service for freelancers and small to medium size enterprises (SMEs). Powered by FreeAgent, the service combines expert HR and tax advice for business owners and entrepreneurs along with award-winning online accountancy software.

Monahans has offices in Bath, Chippenham, Glastonbury, Swindon and Trowbridge.

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Monahans – Backgrounder


With 17 partners and a total staff of around 120 across its offices inBath, Chippenham,Glastonbury,Swindonand Trowbridge, Monahans is one of the largest independent chartered accountancy groups in the west ofEngland. The firm, which also incorporates Monahans Financial Services Ltd, provides a full range of accountancy, tax, investment, insurance and human resource services to businesses and private individuals:

Accountancy Services, available to all types of organisation including limited companies, partnerships, sole traders, charities and trusts. Services include full production of accounts, tax computations, book keeping and a management accounts function.

Audit Services, providing independent confirmation of clients’ accounts, adding credibility in the eyes of third parties.

Business Recovery and Insolvency, helping both businesses and private individuals understand their options and make informed choices.

Business acquisition and disposal, maximising the value and tax efficiency of the sale of businesses and helping clients research, initiate and conclude purchasing opportunities.

Elite Payroll Service, taking the hassle out of this time-consuming, yet crucial financial function. Monahans is a BACS Approved Payroll Bureau and handles payroll procedures to the value of more than £4 million every month.

Employee Benefit Services, a range of employee benefits designed to help clients attract and retain the best people. Benefits include pensions, death in service schemes, private medical insurance and eye tests, retirement options, childcare vouchers and cycle to work schemes.

Forensic Accounting. Acting as an expert witness, expert adviser or expert determiner, Monahans offers extensive and in-depth experience in dispute processes.

HR Solutions, offering ad hoc support as and when required or acting as the client’s in-house human resources department.

IT Services, a range of business and finance-aligned IT advisory services and software solutions. Monahans provides management information systems, specialist reporting, database development and admin and management training.

Strategic Business Improvement, including strategic and financial planning and a business development consultancy.

Integrated Tax Services, helping businesses, trusts and individual clients understand the complexities of theUK and international tax systems and minimise tax liabilities within the legal framework.

Monahans encourages its staff to think creatively and, through a structured support system, has created an environment in which people can develop their skills and further their careers. As well as an ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Gold Award for the quality of training it provides its trainees, Monahans has been awarded ACCA Approved Employer – Professional Development status.