Name, title & company name

Shahjahan Ali, Director & Solicitor at Pathfynder

What does your business do?

At Pathfynder, we advise individuals as well as businesses on matters concerning UK immigration law. In particular, we assist with visa applications under the Points Based System, applications by family members of settled persons, indefinite leave to remain, British citizenship and European Free Movement rights. Whilst the business is relatively new, I have worked in the sector for 8 years and I am an expert for LexisNexis’ and Westlaw’s immigration KnowHow section.

What was the trigger point for first enlisting KPMG Small Business Accounting’s help?

I knew that as a small business owner, I would have a lot of questions and I wanted to work with a firm who understood that I needed strong support at this early stage.

Why did you choose KPMG Small Business Accounting?

I had spoken to and met with a number of accountancy firms, small and large, as I felt strongly about selecting a proactive and reliable firm. When I first spoke with the KPMG Small Business Accounting team, I felt assured that they were the right fit for my business and would provide the level of support I was looking for.

What benefits have you seen?

One of the key benefits of the service is the integration with cloud accounting software and applications which enable me to track my business’s cash flow from anywhere. I also like the fact that I can access useful real-time reports such as the balance sheet and the profit and loss account which give me greater visibility of my business finances on a day to day basis. KPMG Small Business Accounting also host events for their clients, which I have had the pleasure of attending. These are great opportunities to meet, mingle and network with other small business owners and find out what new service developments are coming down the line.

In what way has the access to a dedicated KPMG accountant helped you?

Having a dedicated accountant has been invaluable to me. Not only does it mean that there is someone who is familiar with my business at the end of the phone or email, I genuinely feel that they are interested in progressing my business. For example, there have been a couple of occasions where I needed some quick responses to questions and my dedicated accountant was quick to get in touch and provide me with the information I needed to progress matters.

In what way(s) has KPMG Small Business Accounting added value to your business?

The time I’ve been able to save by having my dedicated accountant handle my business accounts has allowed me to focus my efforts on establishing my business and advising clients.

How has the reality of working with KPMG Small Business Accounting compared with your expectations?

I am delighted with the service I have received and my expectations have certainly been exceeded. It is reassuring that, especially as a client of a large firm, there is one person dealing with my business and that there is transparency.

What’s next for your business?  

In the next few months I will be looking to take on some employees and setup a payroll system, which I know KPMG Small Business Accounting will be able to assist with.

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