Helen Bassett

Director, Business Outsourcing Services

Areas of expertise

Business outsourcing services; statutory & management accounts reporting; cloud solutions; Making Tax Digital for VAT.

Experience

Helen is an accountancy business services specialist with over 20 years' experience helping high growth businesses and entrepreneurs to achieve their financial and business ambitions. She heads up the Business Outsourcing Services division in the Bristol office and leads the local Smith & Williamson Tech sector initiative team.

Skilled in accounting related outsourcing compliance and advisory, Helen is a specialist advisor to tech businesses across multiple verticals; including: fintech, cyber security, agencies, medtech, AI, animatronics, SAAS, mixed reality, realtech, gaming, product development and experience tech. She also supports many UK companies managed from outside the UK.

Helen has particular expertise with cloud accounting, accounting for VAT and Making Tax Digital for VAT and describes herself as a ‘cloud technology enthusiast’ who is passionate about the accounting efficiencies and strategic agility open to businesses through automation.

Notable achievements

  • Proactively advising and supporting the first small clients to transition their unaudited statutory accounts to the FRS102 Section 1A framework.
  • Successfully placing members of her short-term secondments within large corporate environments; providing experienced resource to assist with year end reporting and one-off projects.
  • Leads the firms local tech sector initiative team and is a national champion for advising clients on the use of cloud technology.
  • Working with a mid-tier multinational group to ensure that their tax and accounts were compliant in 15 different countries.

Professional qualifications/memberships

Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a Fellow of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

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