Battersea Park Businesses (BPB) needed accounting advice to support their vision of engaging local businesses to create an ‘eco-system’ where businesses can support one another. One of BPB’s key objectives is also to serve as an advocate for the local area by working to improve the public spaces and environment in North Battersea, to build a thriving and attractive commercial quarter for the benefit of residents, businesses and people that visit the area.
“My volunteering experience allowed me to meet interesting people who were endeavouring to build the business community and improve their business prospects. This project has helped develop my knowledge of the issues facing social businesses” – Clive, Link UP Volunteer
BPB did not employ any members of staff and did not have the resources to engage paid accounting services. They had legal obligations to HMRC that needed to be clarified and complied with in order to support the company’s 2019 objectives; to secure and manage larger grants and funding.
Clive met with the organisation on several occasions to offer advice from his decades of experience, working in-house at listed companies and as a volunteer accountant supporting charities with their compliance. He offered them strategic and practical advice on their accounting, membership record-keeping, company law and taxation compliance.
As well as general advice, Clive delivered a clear list of targets with deadlines to help the company meet its obligations. This template will continue to be used as a precedent in the future.
“We are extremely happy with the help that was offered by Link UP London and our volunteer Clive. The service was highly professional and every effort was made to ensure the service was meeting expectations. We received regular follow up from Clive to check that we were making progress with the recommendations and if any further advice was required. Highly recommend the service and hope to work with Link UP again soon!” – Roderick, Battersea Park Businesses