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!

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TecCre8 Ltd

“We began to relinquish our bookkeeping tasks to Pebbles Bookkeeping in September 2020, following our meeting with Diane Huxley to discuss our requirements. We signed up with Diane immediately. We have all built a quick rapport with Diane and it’s good to know that we have her support and expertise at the other end of the phone.

Pebbles Bookkeeping is a perfect fit for our company and liaises seamlessly with our accountant. It is our pleasure to work alongside them.”

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.

Steve Tanswell, Manchester Facades

I changed book-keepers around a year ago because of a disagreement.  I employed Diane of Pebbles and having been with the same firm for 10 years, I was amazed by how easy working with Diane was.  Not only did the change save me money but also saved me time.  Utilising new technologies (to me) have massively improved the amount of money I can claim back in VAT and has made the whole process speedier and well as easier.  Even when Diane is chasing me for information she does in a friendly professional manner.  I’m thrilled to be working with her and would recommend her to anyone.

Lisa Heggie, The Gunnery

A massive thank you to Diane at Pebbles Bookkeeping & HR. You took the huge stress away from where do I start, with employee policies etc. You have created us a great, informative employee handbook, covering all necessary policies and risk assessments in a matter of no time and from the other side of the world too. I will definitely be in touch for any future help our company needs.

Wayne Dinning, Managing Director, SD Waste Paper Limited

Diane has been providing her services to my company for approximately 6 months now and I can honestly say that due to her assistance, my company is running a lot more smoothly than it has at any time over the previous 30 years that it has existed.

I would just like to say that I would recommend her services to any business, whatever the size, as I can only see that her services would be beneficial to any company that may choose to employ her services.