Outsourcing accountancy

8 Reasons to Outsource your Finance Function

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From SMEs looking for support with payroll and VAT returns to US companies seeking to outsource entire UK subsidiary financial accounting functions, the demand to outsource finance functions is increasing. Here are 8 reasons why it might be a good option for your business: 

  1. Continuity 

Rather than relying on one key finance individual and experiencing continuity issues during periods of absence or leave, outsourcing can give you access to a team who will ensure your financial needs are always met.  

  1. Scalability 

With outsourcing, it can be like turning a tap on and off. You can choose to receive more resource during periods of growth and withdraw it when required, avoiding the need for you to recruit. 

  1. Reduce recruitment 

Outsourcing saves the need - and time - to fill vacant or expanding finance roles, avoiding hefty recruitment firms fees (up to 30% of a candidate’s salary).  

  1. Reduce overheads 

Less office space may be required or the need to rent additional space. Outsourcing also saves the costs of IT equipment and software licences.

  1. Reduce employee costs 

Outsourcing eliminates employee costs, including National Insurance, pension contributions and statutory leaves, which can be high. 

  1. Reduce training costs 

Keeping up to date with the latest rules and regulations can be costly. By outsourcing, there’s no need to pay for expensive training to update your accounts team with all the technical updates required. 

  1. Expert help 

You are not limited to the expertise of specific individuals. Outsourcing can allow access to an entire team of experts including tax specialists covering VAT, capital allowances, capital gains tax, research & development tax relief, and patent box tax relief, plus you may also have access to specialists in finance raising, acquisition and disposals, and restructuring.  

  1. Focus on the business 

Most importantly, you are left with more time to focus on the core business, whilst we provide all the major financial KPI’s to help you make the right decisions. 

Outsourcing and function is not a decision to be taken lightly and it is always advisable to discuss your options through with an adviser before taking the plunge.


Find out how outsourcing your accounting needs could help your business by calling Grant Smith on 01228 690000 or emailing grant.smith@armstrongwatson.co.uk.

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