What does an accounting firm do to ensure their staff have access to the best accounting resources and support to develop their knowledge and maximise profitability? Many savvy firms throughout New Zealand have joined Hayes Knight’s Knowledge Shop and discovered a reliable solution in the wealth of products, services and training available to members.
Virginia Stallard, Director of Vision Accounting Solutions Ltd describes how Knowledge Shop membership has helped her accounting practice value its employees by allowing them to keep up with their chartered accounting educational requirements, “It’s been a great investment in my team’s professional development – the quarterly workshops provide excellent training, which is very interactive and pitched at the right level. The sessions are a great opportunity to discuss any matters concerning us and we enjoy being able to meet like-minded accounting professionals in a semi-informal setting.”
“The exclusive access to top quality resources puts Knowledge Shop members streets ahead of their competition” explains Knowledge Shop Director, Shelley-ann Brinkley. “When a member has a tax question on behalf of their client, the member can tap into up to date technical information and advice; made possible due to Hayes Knight having a highly-regarded Tax Consultancy division with professionals who operate at a Government and IRD advisory level.”
“It’s really valuable to have client issues quickly checked into and know that behind the advice there is a process of brain storming, trouble shooting and input from various experts,” adds Stephen Johnson, Director from Accounting North Limited.
It’s not just tax that Knowledge Shop helps members with. There is a full range of accounting related expertise on hand – from financial reporting and business improvement matters through to support with practice management and company law requirements. “We find the Knowledge Shop Q&As particularly helpful; the service is very practical and down to earth.
Importantly, they give a yes or no answer, which is just what we need to avoid wasting time researching further commentary”, comments Virginia.
THE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
Help desk – unlimited number of questions submitted online, answered by highly qualified professionals.
Professional development – quarterly face to face training.
Knowledge Bank – 24/7 access to a member only Knowledge Bank of practical and up-to-date working papers, standard letters, checklists and procedures.
News updates – the latest news and e-mail alerts on the issues important to members and their clients.
Tim Mayston, Director of Mayston Partners Limited, sums up the service nicely, “Without Knowledge Shop we would have had to spend more time upskilling in tax legislation, whereby reducing the amount of time addressing other important client needs.”