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Hilton, Sharp & Clarke

Hilton, Sharp & ClarkEstablished in 1870, Hilton, Sharp & Clarke is the leading independent firm of chartered accountants in Brighton and Hove, offering the full range of accounting, audit and taxation services, together with specialist departments serving the differing needs of a wide and varied client base.

In a recent survey of firms by Accountancy Age magazine they were the only Brighton based firm in the top 100.

They provide a technically advanced outsourced accountancy service, delivering business support services such as bookkeeping, payroll and back office services to companies both in the UK and overseas as a cost effective alternative to staffing and funding in house equivalents.

Case Study:

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Hilton, Sharp & Clark

From left to right : Mark Dennis, Practice Manager, HSC; Gail Clark, Auditel Consultant and David Bishop, Partner, HSC.

Auditel’s Gail Clark first approached Hilton, Sharp & Clarke in July 2011 as part of the Partnership Programme to propose adding the Auditel cost, purchase and supplier management service to their existing portfolio.

She was then introduced to Practice Manager, Mark Dennis who, despite some initial concerns, agreed that HSC should give Auditel a try by using themselves as guinea pigs to see how the service worked.

Mark takes up the story, ”We decided to give Auditel a go. We knew our areas of weakness and they were confident they would highlight them.” Gail together with analysis from Auditel colleague Denis Sprague set to work on the stationery and print costs with good effect.

The print costs were complicated by HSC using Barter Card credits that had been paid to satisfy a bad debt. Auditel’s analysis quickly showed that this was not cost effective. Gail comments, “For every one pound of Barter Card credit spent HSC was writing off 100% of the Barter Card credit and paying 50% more in real cash terms!”

“The word that most readily comes to mind to describe Auditel is professional” – Mark Dennis, Practice Manager

As a result of this, the savings achieved on print amounted to a staggering 68% and were backed up by an impressive 43% saving on stationery.

Mark Dennis was delighted. “It soon became clear that Auditel were a company we could work alongside. The audit was done efficiently with very little disruption and their report was first class.

“As a Practice Manager I wear many hats and it was just quite nice to be able to hand one over. Auditel’s involvement has freed me up to concentrate on cash flow, business development work, and developing our marketing plan.”

About Auditel’s Partnership Programme, Mark adds, “We are now preparing joint marketing material and data mining to create a list of clients who we feel would benefit from Auditel’s services.”

Savings Breakdown:

Stationery 43%
Print 68%
Planned: Insurance

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