Cooke Optics is a £26m turnover Academy Award winning manufacturer of cinematography lenses, established over a century ago. Based in Leicester, it is a global brand leader in its sector, famous for its fusion of sharpness, tonal warmth and depth known as “The Cooke Look”. They’re a statement, that’s for sure!
Cooke Optics are subject to an Audit, and they need their accounts prepared independently and that’s where we step in, our Emma and Ian have stacks of experience in complex year end accounts and consolidations.
Vibrant stepped in to prepare the Statutory Accounts for Cooke and its wider group for FY21 and hit the ground running. They were able to absorb the financial complexities and translate our information into statutory format with ease and formed a seamless part of our year end processes. On top of that, and very importantly, they are an approachable bunch who are easy to work with.
The philosophy of Aristotle Financial Planning is to help you to match your life to your money with logical planning and a personable approach. James is holistic in his approach to finance – and we love this!
Aristotle have the nuts and bolts of compliance so our Vibrant Core service, including Annual Accounts, Corporation Tax, Payroll, Self-Assessment plus a sprinkling of Freedom through Quarterly Management Accounts, keeps an eye on the detail and makes sure they’re accountable to quarterly decisions.
I have really enjoyed working with the team at Vibrant so far. As someone who works on a personalised goals based approach within my business it seemed like an obvious choice to begin working with the team who also shared that approach, rather than the generic approach towards accountancy I have received in the past.
Being able to work with people who understand my personal and business goals moving forward and can hold me to account on my decisions is also very beneficial.
Colleague Box is one of the incredible positive stories out of lockdown an idea and a concept born whilst on furlough, the rest is history with the first year seeing them turn over more than £1million.
Their passionate about delivering happiness and putting smiles on people’s faces! & we can see that they definitely do that!
For them, we provide bookkeeping, transition of cloud services, tax advice, management accounts and the core services to free up time and to get them focusing on the things that they’re really great at!
Colleague Box grew rapidly from a home office hobby to a £1m+ business and I quickly fell behind with the admin side of the business as we focussed on fulfilling orders and looking ahead to Christmas.
I knew the reputation of Vibrant through my wife Natalie – who is also my business partner – and from seeing them on social media and felt there could be a good connection between our businesses.
A quick meeting with Bev put all my concerns around trust aside and made me feel at ease with handing over such sensitive & important information.
I can’t thank Vibrant enough for the amount of work, due diligence and patience they put into the first few months of our relationship as they battled the bottleneck (me) to help get Colleague Box into a good position.
I know I don’t need to worry about VAT, taxes or pretty much anything finance related as the team keep me informed, tell me what I need to do, when I need to do it and chase if they suspect I’ve forgotten.
Having Vibrant alongside Colleague Box has helped us crack on with what we do best … delivering happiness with our awesome gifts.
There’s always so much to bear in mind when choosing an accountant. As a sole trader starting out, I remember asking myself questions like: “Can’t I just do it myself?”, and, “Do I really need a top accountant when I’m only a one-man band?”. But I’m so glad I made the decision to partner with the Vibrant team.
They’ve supported me in my first year of business, helping me with my day to day accounting and a switch from sole trader to limited company. And when I moved to Germany, they advised me on some of the international tax complexities involved. Imagine how much time I’d have spent trying to get my head around all of that – the conflicting information, getting lost in the maze of the government website. It gives me a headache just thinking about it!
What I’ve valued most about working with Vibrant are the team’s generosity and patience. Especially when I started out, and asked lots of very basic questions. Their communication is always clear and timely. And, even though I know I’m not their biggest client, I’ve always felt that they’ve looked after me like I am.
Nathan is not only our website developer, he’s also a designer, photographer and overall just a lovely gentleman. Nathan does more than just our website development though and he really does offer the full shebang from initial concepts, design, photography, and social media campaigns, to be honest the list is endless.
Ian has been invaluable while setting up my own company and continues to be. This allows me to focus on what I love doing as a creative. Ian & the team are trustworthy, professional, and always on hand to answer any queries I may have. I highly recommend them!
Ian has been key to the growth of my business over the last few years. He has always made himself available to answer any uncertainties that often come with dealing with accounts and finance. Ian has also been able use his knowledge and experience to advise on other areas of the business.
I have complete confidence and trust that Ian will manage the business finances, giving me more time to concentrate on my business and remove accounting stress. Definitely would recommend.