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Testimonials

"We have always found both Lisa and Darran efficient and effective in their search for solutions. Their ability to think "outside the box" has connected us with candidates we might have otherwise missed out on. We have been happy to recommend Fletcher George to our clients for their recruitment needs."

Senior Partner
independent Surrey firm

"Thanks again Lisa for all you and Darran have done you two are amazing"

ACCA Part Qualified
a Top 50 firm of Accountants

"Lisa at Fletcher George has become over the last few years our first port of call regarding finding professional staff. The last three times we have taken on a new person we have had to look no further and have ended up with just what we are looking for."

Partner
A Top 100 firm

"Fletcher George have found us three senior staff in recent years, all of whom are still with us. As a small firm it's particularly important that we employ the right staff and Fletcher George have never let us down"

Partner
Well established independent firm

"We have worked with a number of agencies, but what sets FG apart from the rest is that their service is, like the best run professional service firms, based on relationships and understanding what the clients need. Lisa in particular understands the culture of our firm and whether a candidate will "fit" within our organisation."

Managing Partner
Leading Surrey firm

Harnessing the power of the cloud

There is no shadow of a doubt that cloud technology is revolutionising the way we do things - from the way we spend our leisure time to the way we work.  For finance and accounting professionals, the adoption of cloud-based accounting systems presents exciting opportunities in information management and sharing.  It is also bringing significant shifts in the role and skills required of accountants and in turn their relationship with clients.

The growth in cloud-based accounting systems has enabled ‘anywhere and anytime’ availability of financial information (e.g. from a smartphone or tablet), secure back-up in the cloud, and the opportunity to integrate additional functionality such as banking and payroll.  Powered by cloud-based systems, businesses are now able to input their own data and track real-time cashflow, invoice payment, profit and loss, tax and VAT.  The question is, where does this leave the accounting profession?  Is there stormy weather ahead?

Industry experts think not.  It is predicted that the cloud will allow clients and their accountants to work much more collaboratively, connected over the Internet via mobile devices and cloud-based applications, sharing data that allows for real-time interaction.  The role of the accounting professional is likely to be focused less on reporting and more on financial advice, analysis and consultation.  The cloud also has the potential to boost efficiency and productivity, improving results for clients and their advisers alike.

How will this impact on recruitment and future skills requirements in the sector?

In recruitment terms, this places a premium on accountants and finance professionals with the skills to leverage emerging technologies and the ability to move into more collaborative advisory roles.  The required skills set are likely to include data analysis, business intelligence, advanced IT skills and, above all, the ability to communicate with clients.  While the cloud may free up information, accounting and finance professionals will need to be able to interpret and convey this information to their clients in a professional and jargon-free manner.  It is those recruits who can offer their clients the knowledge and skills to extract maximum benefit from the cloud who will see the biggest silver lining!

 

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