Christmas is a Costly Tradition

‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through accounts – not many businesses consider the costs that amount.

Whilst we may not want to think about our company bookkeeping and instead concentrate on being festive with our staff, friends and family over the next few weeks, your finances for your business are not taking a holiday and instead are set to be a costly tradition. Whilst many of you think that the new year is the time to consider where and what is next for your company growth (even if you have grown considerably in 2021 and are wanting to enjoy it), a new year can also have a new reflection – and planning for that fresh start means having your books all ready to go.

There is something that Christmas add towards expenses and process that need to be taken into account.

The Christmas Bonus

Many company managers and employees cannot wait for that Christmas bonus, with many businesses paying out as early as the 21st of December so that their employees can enjoy Christmas without waiting on their last pay of the year to come in.

Many may receive a substantial bonus for their hard work, and some may even have chosen to take their last remaining holiday entitlement leading up to the last days of the year. This is something that will need a lot of attention for mistakes to not happen and your employees to miss out on what pay they are expected – especially if you want them back in the new year.

Having a smooth transition into the new year means that employers need to have all of these areas taken care of well in advance, and professional bookkeeping services can provide that assurance through payroll outsourcing services.

As most people who handle payroll within a business may be hard to reach over the Christmas period if there is a problem over wages and bonuses, it pays to have a professional who can handle the situation upfront taking care of this area.


It has been an up and down year for businesses in 2021, and many business owners fall into a trap of missing their deadlines if they fall in December due to the sheer wealth of activity going down in the final month of the year.

Engaging with bookkeeping services in Manchester before things get messy and stressy is the ideal scenario for every business owner, as when things go wrong it can be too late – so having a bookkeeper jump in and ensure that everything is running smoothly allows you to enjoy some of the Christmas festivities with your employees also.

At Pebbles Bookkeeping, we understand that financials for your business can be one of the hells of Christmas. Contact us today to ease your financial transition into 2022. From all of the team at Pebbles Bookkeeping, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Prosperous New Year!

Don't just take our word for it...

Nick Aldrich, Only The Brave

Only The Brave have used Pebbles Bookkeeping for a few years now and we treat them instinctively like an integral department of our business.

I have worked with Sean for over two decades in my previous businesses and when Sean and Diane went on their own it was a no brainer to get them involved with our day to day accounting.

Pebbles manage our bookkeeping, expenses, credit control and PAYE and have a keen eye for detail and help us spot important financial matters before they become issues.

Their integrity and honesty are unquestionable and as a result, Pebbles are an asset to our business and will continue to work with us for many years to come.

Anne-Marie Armstrong, Amberry Marketing

I just wanted to thank you both for the help you’ve given me thus far in setting up my new cloud-based bookkeeping system ‘Clearbooks’.

Having used Microsoft Excel for more years than I care to admit, I had more than a few reservations when considering changing the way I managed my books, yet understood that I had to make the change sooner or later.

After an intense training session with Sean, (where I probably asked 101 questions), my fears quickly dissipated and I can honestly say that although it’s likely to take me a little while to really get to grips with the new interface, I’ve no doubt that this simple system will save me so much time and hassle in future.

And less time spent doing my books, almost certainly means more time with the family and an end to rushing around like a mad woman at quarter-end!

Thanks again and I’m looking forward to working with you again soon.

James Balderstone, Lucid Networks

Pebbles Bookkeeping took over our bookkeeping when a full-time member of staff left the business.  Our accounts are relatively complex for a business our size because of the number of different suppliers and products we deal with, but Pebbles were able to get quickly up to speed.  We have significantly reduced our costs spent on bookkeeping activity as a result. They have also helped us move to a new accounting system (Xero), which we are already seeing the benefit of, and we’re looking forward to working with Pebbles in the future to automate more of our back-office processes.

Steve Price, BWP Inspire

“We have now been working alongside you with various clients. In some cases, we have introduced you to our clients and in other cases you have worked as part of our team. Every time we have brought you in you have done a great job. We now see you as an extended part of our team. You have proved to be professional, flexible and above all competent in getting the work done. We would not have any hesitation in recommending you again, and we look forward to working with you more in the future.”

Sarah Rekia, Site Welfare

“In bringing Pebbles onboard, it has made me wonder why we decided to try and do our own bookkeeping at all. Pebbles came in and sorted 18 months worth of mess we had unwittingly created, and we cannot be more grateful. I wish I had been told about them years ago and I hope every business out there struggling would give them a call to fully see the benefits they are missing out on.”