Kate set up SOS Bookkeeping (formerly known as Stenson Office Services) in 2011 after several years running the office of a busy construction company. She’s a member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, and holds a practice licence through them. Experienced in Xero, Receipt Bank, Sage and Excel, no challenge is too much for Kate, no matter how much of a tangle your accounts have become.
However, far from being the mild-mannered bookkeeper you might expect, Kate actually comes from a military background, having served for five years in the Band of the Irish Guards, playing flute and piccolo on occasions such as the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s Birthday Parade and state visits by foreign dignitaries. She then served a further five years as an Army Reservist in the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers.
Proudest moment: “One of our clients had virtually given up on getting payment of a £3,000 invoice from one of her customers; this was causing her financial difficulties and actually starting to make her feel ill with stress. I kept the lines of communication open with her customer, and managed to get the payment in full, without damaging the good working relationship she had with them. It was great to be able to make such a big difference to someone’s business.”