Accreditations & Awards

We believe it is important for our clients and potential clients to be absolutely sure that we are entirely capable of providing the services we offer. To ensure our credibility and knowledge, we hold the following accreditations, which are regularly reviewed. We’re also proud of our progression in a couple of awards, and thought we’d include those here too…

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Baranov Associates is regulated by the ACCA, and operates within their ethical guidelines. This means that our clients have peace of mind that our qualifications are genuine and that our knowledge is up to date with the latest regulations.

Given that there is no restriction on trading using the term ‘accountant’ we believe this is essential.

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The Business Finance Advice Scheme was set up between the major accounting industries and the British Business Bank. As members, we’re able to guide clients through the minefield of finding and obtaining the most suitable form of finance. We can help with the preparation of business plans and cash flows, while our scenario planning maximises the chances of a successful application.

Xero Certified Advisor

As the government pushes businesses away from manual records through the eventual introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD), it’s increasingly important that proactive accountants can help clients identify and implement user-friendly software that can add real value to their business.

We’ve been users (and fans!) of Xero for many years and are extremely confident that it offers significant time savings for clients. Its history of ground breaking innovation such as bank feeds and open API has revolutionised the accounting software world, while the development of many ‘bolt-on’ apps has offered businesses the chance to reduce administration and bookkeeping time and dramatically improve productivity.

As an intentionally small firm, we’ll never become a Gold or Platinum Advisor, but that isn’t a reflection of our knowledge or awareness of the system, simply the number of clients for whom we act!

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Xero Migration Certified Advisor

Implementation of HMRC’s Making Tax Digital programme is just around the corner. A a result, we wanted to ensure that we were fully prepared to help clients with the process of moving to a new software solution as painlessly as possible. Chris has therefore completed the training programme and examinations to achieve the Xero Migration Certification. This ensures he is absolutely up to date on the process required for migrating clients onto Xero. It also includes how best to plan the conversion to Xero most efficiently.

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MTD Ready with Xero

With Making Tax Digital looming in April 2019, it’s essential that we are ready to support our clients if they need to change their accounting methods and software. With that in mind, we’ve completed Xero’s ‘Making Tax Digital learning journey’ and are officially ‘MTD Ready.’ We’ll now be able to combine our Partner and Migration knowledge to help clients through the transition period. Our goal is to reduce the burden they will experience, to enable them to focus on their business.

Quickbooks Online Certified Gold ProAdvisor

As an alternative to Xero, Quickbooks has a different set of strengths. As a certified firm, we’re able to advise clients on which of the above cloud based packages are most suitable and which Apps are likely to be the most helpful.

Quickbooks has developed its software over the years, and continues to do so, becoming a far stronger competitor within the market. We’re very proud that we’ve now reached the level of Gold Pro Advisor.

We’ll continue to maintain our accreditations with both packages, and our knowledge of others such as Sage, but believe the majority of clients will gain the greatest benefits from using the cloud options above, where the most innovation can be found. Find out more about the benefits of Cloud Software from our Cloud Accounting Software page.

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Receiptbank Certified Partner

We’re always looking for ways to help our clients save time and be more efficient, and Receiptbank fits that perfectly! An award winning add-on to Xero and Quickbooks, it automatically converts clients’ invoices and receipts into data, making it easy for them send their financial information straight to their cloud software.

There are a wide range of ways to get the information into Xero or Quickbooks, including an App, scanning and uploading, via Dropbox and post. Using Receiptbank also offers other savings as well as time. As Partners, we’re able to offer reduce rate subscriptions, making access to the App more affordable than ever. See more about Receiptbank here.

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The National Entrepreneur Awards 2019

We were very proud to reach the Finalist stage in two categories of these awards, as below:

Best Business Enabler – This category includes businesses who enable others to progress and develop, and is always hotly contested!

Most Impressive Business Growth – This category reflects the strong growth that we’ve experienced in the last twelve months.

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