Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to know more about us? Take a look at our FAQs for more information.

Who are you?

Clever Bean Accounting was founded by Simon Jarman ACMA, CGMA, a Chartered Management Accountant since 1995. He holds a CIMA practising certificate.

Do you understand what it’s like to run a business?

As well as being an accountant in practice, over many years Simon has gained a huge range of experience in business, working as a Finance Director, a CEO and a Private Equity Operating Partner. He has worked in various sectors with both large and small companies, has operated internationally, fundraised, completed an MBI and several successful company exits. He has experience of both B2B and B2C and has had blue chip companies and SMEs as clients. As such, as well as looking after all your accounting needs, he is uniquely placed to assist with the development of your business. 

How do I know if you can meet my requirements?

In all cases, we will meet either in-person or via video-call for an initial no-obligation discussion to understand what you and your business need. If we believe we can help, we we will discuss how in this meeting. If, in the unlikely event we feel we aren’t the best partner for you, we will be upfront and honest about it.

What is your pricing model?

We operate on a fixed fee basis. With everything agreed in advance, you know exactly what you’re paying for. No surprises.

How do I pay for your services?

All fees are paid by monthly direct debit.

Are you insured?

Yes. We have Professional Indemnity Insurance.

How do you keep up-to-date with current issues and regulations?

Members of the CIMA accountancy body are required to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) and CIMA themselves provide many webinars, conferences and other resources to support their members in keeping up-to-date.

I want to do my own bookkeeping. Do I need knowledge of accounting and tax?

Not at all. We will implement easy-to-use cloud accounting software and provide training in how to use it. And we will always be there to support you if you have any questions.

How easy is it to switch to Clever Bean Accounting?

Switching  from another accountant is straightforward. We will help you with the switching process, including contacting your previous accountant and arranging for the transfer of records, plus notifying HMRC and Companies House of the change.

Why should I change accountants?

If your existing accountant is offering you an excellent service at a sensible price then you shouldn’t. However, if you feel that in any way you aren’t getting the support or advice that you and your business needs then we would be delighted to help. Your existing accountant will not normally charge you for providing the handover information.