We work with many businesses of all sizes across the West Midlands, here are some case studies which highlight the ways that we have benefitted them at different stages in their lifecycle:
Shine Business Research Ltd:
Shine works across consumer markets (FMCG and service), Business to Business and Public Sector Consultation to help organisations gain valuable customer insights about their brand. Using skilled research techniques, including focus groups, face-to-face interviews, surveys and quantitative analysis, Shine illuminates customers’ needs and identify opportunities for an organisation's development and growth. Clients have included Travis Perkins and Becta. Cognitor helped with setting the business up initially and has continued to provide accountancy services and professional services ever since.
Cognitor has been a great business advisor and helped me a great deal with my small business start up over the last 6 years. Cognitor has helped considerably with tax planning, and has always been very responsive to answering any queries. I would certainly recommend Cognitor to anyone starting up a new business.
How We Help
Starting your own business is both an exciting and challenging prospect that is usually, swiftly followed by one key question: where do I start? The friendly and knowledgeable Cognitor team are here to guide you every step of the way, from advice on the type of business that is most appropriate, company registration, through to ongoing management services such as bookkeeping, payroll processing, VAT services, accounts preparation and completion of tax returns.
Wildfire Internet provide websites, ecommerce stores, internet marketing and conversion rate optimisation services to UK companies. They had been trading for 4 years and doubling turnover every year as they grew rapidly. This meant that new cash was coming in and effectively masking issues that were building up under their old accountants. This included poor debt collection, receiving little advice on forward planning to meet building tax liabilities and no advice on how best to mitigate tax liabilities. As the company matured and re-invested in staff and infrastructure, it became sharply evident that the accountancy and bookkeeping services being purchased were failing the company. Wildfire engaged Cognitor to immediately take over their accounting and tax planning services, working closely together to push through a challenging period which required short term, inward investment.
Neil Whelan, Joint MD:
"It was a breath of fresh air moving to Cognitor. Our rapid growth masked a myriad of problems which our previous accountant failed to respond to, including better advice on tax planning since our future liabilities were mounting up and a big tax bill was looming. We also had to take immediate action to get a handle on our cash flow, which Cognitor advised on since it required some short-term funds to get over a hump. The level of service has been exemplary, it is a pleasure dealing with everyone at all levels".
How We Help
Many accountants talk about business growth, but few actually help their clients achieve it. In addition to helping businesses resolve issues around their growth, we also have access to a range of leading edge tools and resources from some of the best business coaches in the world. Together we use these with you to grow your business to the level you require.
Ram Extrusion Limited:
Renowned for it's innovative approach to plastic extrusion, RAM has become a leader in technical extrusions and finishing capabilities, supplying products to a variety of markets, including Weatherseals, EPDM Seals, Acoustic Seals, Door Products and Flooring Trims. Based in Worcester, RAM was formed in 2003 bringing together over 30 years experience of research and development, design and production of many types of plastic extrusions and extruded profiles. Cognitor took over the accountancy service and also provide professional advice on tax planning.
Allan Watts, MD:
Since we moved our business to Cognitor I have realised what poor advise and service I had been getting from our previous “so called” accountant, the difference is amazing. Cognitor always offer a professional, dedicated service and the results the company’s Directors have seen with regards to their personal tax affairs is fantastic, other than the bruises from kicking ourselves for not moving our business years earlier. Cognitor have helped to totally change our business and our personal financial affairs.
How We Help
It’s the little things which make a big difference when it comes to service. Like actually returning phone calls promptly, feeling that your accountant is working for you and not HMRC, or always knowing exactly how much you are going to be charged. Or maybe it is keeping promises over when work will be completed. If some of these so called “little things” resonate with you and you want an accountant who takes these matters seriously, then come and talk to us.
Ambivent is one of the leading companies in the mechanical & electrical building services sector, providing high quality engineering design, installation and maintenance services for builders and developers alike. A privately owned group of companies which has been at the forefront of the building services industry for over 20 years, Ambivent is 100 percent committed to quality and service enhanced by their ISO 9001 accreditation. Cognitor provide their accountancy service and also professional advice at a strategic level, plus tax planning.
Steve Dudson, MD:
"We have worked with Cognitor since the very beginning over 20 years ago. They have over the years become more than just our accountants in that they have been involved on various levels with many of our strategic decisions. They are now currently helping me come up with a tax efficient exit strategy to enable me to pass on the business to key employees."
How We Help
It is never too early to start thinking about your exit strategy. Having a clear understanding of your end game will help you with key business decisions over the years of growing your business. If you need guidance, help and support with this key part of your business life then come and take advantage of our many years’ experience in helping business owners achieve their exit strategy.