But the Books is a bookkeeping practice helping small business owners who know how to do everything for their business (…but the books) with their monthly bookkeeping and accounts. The business was founded in 2016 by owner Zoe Whitman, an accountant who wanted to empower people to start their own businesses but found that they were often put off by the fear of finances.
But the books bring the principles of corporate accountancy to small businesses, helping business owners benefit from the insights they can gain from their figures once they have good bookkeeping processes in place.
Whitman’s view is that success in business is highly dependent on a business owner’s ability to understand their finances. Business owners don’t necessarily go into business because they love figures, but our numbers can tell us powerful stories about what is and isn’t working in our businesses, if your numbers are trying to tell you something you should find out what that is or work with somebody who can do that for you.
But the Books specialises in working with small businesses in Bristol’s vibrant creative sector. It’s a sector in which Whitman feels But the Books adds real value, and But the Books’ friendly team and jargon-free approach to finance has been fundamental in helping the business stand-out from its competitors.
In 2018 But the Books won the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers’ Small Practice of the Year award, and in 2019 the firm was shortlisted for the British Accountancy Awards Independent Firm of the Year – South West.
Whitman is regularly quoted in national press and industry publications and has been named one of Enterprise Nation’s Top 50 Advisers in 2019.
Whitman has ambitious plans for the growth of the business. Having quickly grown But the Books to a team of four, Whitman is continuing to expand the team to be able to service the demands of additional clients whilst ensuring consistent quality service and embracing her values of being able to offer part-time hours and flexible working patterns.
Small Bookkeeping Practice of the Year
In November 2018 we were proud to be named the Institute of Certified Bookkeeper’s Small Practice of the Year at their annual Luca Awards. Receiving this level of recognition from our professional body after less than two years in business was really inspiring and our Luca Award will take pride of place in our office for years to come.