Partners and associations

At AIMS we have relationships with a number of trade and business associations. These relationships have the potential to introduce clients to local AIMS accountants and to also enable them to expand their business.

If you would like to get involved, then please contact our central office:

T: 020 7616 6629
E: samantha.webber@aims.co.uk

Business partners

We have partnerships with some of the best organisations in Accounting software, IT, Insurance and many more. These relationships enable our accountants to offer their clients the very best support as well as expanding their own business.

"We started protecting AIMS members’ IT systems in 2006, when we were called Backup Direct. Now, as Cloud Direct, we provide not just government-standard PC back-up and business continuity services, but we also take your complete office IT and telecoms and put them in the cloud. That way, your systems, data, email, calendar, contacts and phones are all connected, secure and accessible by you from anywhere at any time."

The Cloud Direct team

"For the past few years, Clear Books Pro has enjoyed a great relationship with AIMS and is honoured to be one of their recommended online accounting providers.

Clear Books provides award-winning, intuitive cloud accounting software which matches perfectly with AIMS approach to embracing new technology. We also offer a range of integrated cloud services to give accountants the tools to build their practice, including payroll and HR software."

Lizzie Fouracre - Clearbooks

‘Everett Masson & Furby specialise in the sale of businesses, established over 50 years our relationship with AIMS stretches back over many of these years. For those looking to buy a business we have no hesitation in recommending AIMS, knowing they will be in safe hands, receiving the correct professional advice at the outset, continued ongoing support and advice.

When it comes to selling a business Everett Masson & Furby look to provide AIMS clients with a service second to none, from the initial valuation and market appraisal, comprehensive marketing, negotiations, dealing with any complications before they become an issue, ensuring any sale reaches its target – completion.

Everett Masson & Furby look forward to a successful continued working relationship with AIMS.’

Michael Taylor – Everett Masson & Furby

Legal Clarity are a boutique firm of corporate and commercial solicitors - offering high quality, practical advice at a fixed cost wherever possible. They specialise in advising owner managed businesses and working with accountants on a variety of transactions.

"Digita Tax & Accounting Software from Thomson Reuters has been widely used by AIMS Partners since 2001 across the 250 site franchisee base. Digita products are a cost-effective solution which can be tailored to your individual needs, dependent on your client and user numbers. Build your package from a selection of modular products or, to maximise efficiency, choose the fully integrated Digita suite. Year-on-year, AIMS members continue to choose Digita tax and accounting software because it is easy to use and comprehensively covers UK accounts and compliance work. The Digita support team comprises of product experts on hand to assist AIMS Partners and provide added peace of mind. Digita is accredited by Microsoft and is a gold certified partner, the highest level of Microsoft solution partners."

Louise Wilson - Thomson Reuters, Digita

GoCardless offers a simple solution for collecting recurring payments via Direct Debit. Integrated into all the major accounting software packages, including Xero, QuickBooks, Sage and Kashflow it takes just minutes to get started. It’s extremely cost-effective too at just 1% per transaction, capped at £2 (minimum 20p), with no hidden fees or commitment. GoCardless has developed a strong partnership with AIMS over the past two years and is proud to be one of its recommended payment partners. The partnership has allowed GoCardless to improve cashflow and reduce admin for AIMS accountants and clients by ensuring they get paid on time every time."

"Sennet specialise in the transacting of Professional Indemnity Insurance. The aim is to offer dedicated insurance and risk policies tailored to the unique needs of different professional groups."

Rob Ward, Sennet Insurance

"AIMS have partnered with Intuit to provide AIMS Accountants and their clients with QuickBooks Online and Payments – the latest in cloud accounting from the World’s leader in Accounting Solutions for small business. AIMS clients can manage their business finances online through QuickBooks as well as across mobile and tablet devices, taking payments via an Intuit Pay merchant account.  As a client of an AIMS accountant you have access to exclusive benefits.  For more information check out the videos Online Accounting and Payments. Contact your local AIMS accountant to find out about the exclusive benefits."

"I have been working with the AIMS network for over eleven years working in partnership to provide AIMS accountants and their clients with Tax Enquiry Insurance and I have always found them to be extremely professional, client focused and always a pleasure to deal with.

If you are an accountant looking to set up in practice, I would recommend that you speak with AIMS to see if there is an opportunity for you. For clients of an AIMS accountant, please do speak to your accountant about the AIMS fee protection scheme which has been designed exclusively for AIMS clients."

Robert Griffiths - Professional Fee Protection Limited

“Receipt Bank Extract is the easiest way to get the items you need from your clients, with no chasing and no data entry. This award-winning software offers a range of easy methods for your clients to submit in real time, so their records are always up to date. Once receipts and invoices are submitted, it extracts the key data with unbeatable speed and accuracy. Receipt Bank is proud to partner with AIMS to help franchisees offer more value to their clients. AIMS accountants have a long history of delivering exceptional client-centric business solutions. Receipt Bank’s technology takes this further, allowing them to drastically cut their costs, improve their service offering and deliver an exceptional client experience.”

Receipt Bank

“AIMS have chosen RatesRecovery as their partner to help AIMS franchisees deliver substantial business rate savings to their customers. As Chartered Surveyors and business rates experts RatesRecovery have become one of the leading specialist advisors dealing exclusively with business rates across the UK. Our high quality, innovative advice means that we are able to identify multiple avenues for reducing rates bills and ensuring AIMS clients can benefit from large refunds as well as reduced future rates bills.”

Gordon Pope – RatesRecovery

"Sage has been working closely with AIMS for many years providing many of their accountants with bookkeeping and payroll solutions. In addition, we have extensive experience in supporting and advising accountants on the most beneficial software solutions to provide to clients to improve efficiency. Sage is looking forward to the future, and is sure that we can continue to work together to provide innovative solutions to our customers."

Andrew Gibb - Sage

"Tolley are a leading provider of Tax and Accountancy information, with products designed specifically to meet the needs of small and sole practitioners. We are delighted to be able to offer special discounts on a range of products to AIMS members. With in-depth research information, practical guidance, a range of training and CPD services and current awareness, we offer a full tax and accountancy information and training solution to meet the needs of small and sole practitioners. This allows you to advise your clients as effectively as possible, increasing productivity whilst reducing risk."

Eleanor Parker - Tolley Tax Intelligence

"The VAT People have enjoyed working with AIMs for over six years and look forward to continuing to provide support to any AIMS accountants who call our free VAT and Customs Duty helplines for advice. We do not charge a fee for an initial discussion or a brief query. If we identify that there is an opportunity to save VAT for your client or an issue for them to address we will outline the nature of the support that you require and provide a fee proposal before undertaking any chargeable work so there are no nasty surprises or hidden costs! This method of working has been mutually beneficial for our firm and for AIMS and we look forward to continuing to offer our support and ensuring that any AIMS member can be certain that they can obtain quality VAT or Customs Duty advice whenever the need arises."

Tamara Habberley - The VAT People

"BRI has enjoyed working closely with AIMS and witnessing its growth since 1996. In that time we have helped many AIMS clients chart a course through troubled waters and, in the vast majority of cases, do so without needing our formal appointment. You turn to us seeking what is best for the preservation and longevity of your clients. You value our consistently honest and open approach. We give what we believe is best advice in the circumstances, first time, every time, irrespective of the outcome for ourselves. In a quiet insolvency market we continue to work with you to provide your clients with the best possible outcome - we really won't make a drama out of a crisis."

Peter Windatt - BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency

"Hosted Desktop UK lead the industry in the supply of cloud services to the accountancy and professional services sectors. We currently supply over 400 accountancy practices in the UK (equates to approximately 4500 users) with hosted desktop, hosted application, and hosted exchange services. Our systems and data storage are all housed securely within the UK and we employ cutting edge backup and replication technology to protect your data and ensure business continuity. Our staff have specialist knowledge of the accountancy and financial services industries which means we understand your business and your software."

"We are pleased to be partnered with AIMS and offer its members discounted rates on our hosted desktop packages that are normally only available to larger practices."

Hosted Desktop

"Smith & Williamson have formed a close partnership with AIMS over the years – in particular working with their clients on tax investigations."

Smith & Williamson

"Qdos Contractor are the leading authority on tax and employment status issues, having handled over 1,500 IR35 investigations on behalf of freelancers and contractors. We also provide a wide range of business insurances for contractors and small businesses, servicing well over 50,000 clients throughout the UK. We actively work with accountants of all sizes to assist their own client base with compliance issues and are delighted to have forged a relationship with AIMS."

Kate Hardy

"RandD Tax provides advice to business owners on how to go about claiming tax refunds for any development work done. The vast majority of our business is introduced to us by practicing accountants. We work with the company and their advising accountants to identify whether the company qualifies, scope out their R&D activities, identify scientific and technological advances and uncertainties, write the technical justifications document to support their claims and support the accountant in dealing with HMRC. Our role is to make the claim process as simple and safe for both clients and their accountants."

Terry Toms

"We are specialists in Capital allowances. We have dealt with many successful Capital allowances claims and are currently working on claims in excess of £5m."

"Auto enrolment is a huge positive step for the UK and should result in most employees putting money away for their retirement. However, auto-enrolment pensions can be burdensome to set-up. That’s why AIMS have chosen Creative Auto Enrolment - the only auto enrolment solution that actually makes the auto enrolment process easy. From the preparation and complex decision making, to the pension itself."

"As a new AIMS partner, we’re pleased to be partnering to offer AIMS members our beautiful online accounting software.

Built for small businesses and their advisors, Xero offers six products that suit a wide range of small businesses. From Ledger – perfect for accountants and bookkeepers managing internal clients – all the way through to our Premium business edition, complete with multi-currency, there’s a package for almost every small business.

Join Xero’s Partner Programme today to receive exclusive offers for AIMS firms, and transform your practice with the UK’s leading online accounting software."

Sanj De Souza - Xero

"Selectabase is a leading independent list provider with over 20 years’ experience in providing quality business and consumer data for direct marketing and telemarketing. As nominated suppliers to the AIMS group for over 14 years you can be assured of preferential rates and help grow and develop your business.”

"AIMS have worked alongside Taxes for Expats, a women-owned and led NYC-based tax preparation firm, for many years. They provide dedicated, specialist assistance to US Citizens and help AIMS clients file their U.S. tax returns to ensure compliance with American tax legislation. U.S. expat tax is complicated to say the least, and we are delighted to be able to send our clients to where they will get the right advice. We also offer UK tax assistance to Taxes for Expats clients and are delighted to continue our association.”

Trade associations

Trade Associations offer their members a wide variety of products and services through partnerships which can ultimately help them with their business. If you would like your members to work with the UK’s largest network of professionally qualified accountants, please call head office on 020 7616 6629.

"AICS exists to help its members succeed in business. It does this by providing members with access to sources of technical and business information, and by promoting the excellence and high standards of its members through a mandatory Code of Practice. One of the essential elements for a successful business is a good accountant, and we are pleased to be associated with AIMS who provide our members with access to qualified and business focused accountants, as well as regular updates on financial and tax issues"

Bob Brooks - Association of Independent Computer Specialists

"We are delighted that our members can take advantage of special terms with AIMS Accountants for Business and make use of their network of local offices - we are also pleased that the experts from AIMS occasionally contribute articles on financial issues affecting our members to our in-house magazine, which our members find very useful and informative"

David Weston - Bed & Breakfast Association

"We decided to approach AIMS as a recommended provider of accountancy services to our members after we had heard positive feedback from other membership associations.

We thought initially, we were going to be problematic as our membership ranges from freelancers to international personalities to self-employed plumbers, scattered all around the country - and even abroad.

However, we were delighted to find that AIMS were more than happy to work with us and although the relationship is relatively recent, we are finding the input and the information we receive, more than encouraging.

One particular aspect of working with AIMS I like is that these are professionals who talk our kind of language making it much easier to form the right kind of relationship to help our members' businesses to survive and succeed"

Len Tondel - Home Business Alliance

"Music Industries Association is proud to be in working partnership with AIMS Accountants for Business"

Clare Sayers - Music Industries Association

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