Friday, August 22, 2014

News: Kickstart support for specialist accountant

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A Cameroonian entrepreneur who moved to South Yorkshire in 2011 and launched her accountancy business a year later is looking at doubling her customer base in the next 12 months with specialist translation and accountancy services.

Nelly Tchoudi from Swallownest in Rotherham set up Tchoudi Accountancy Services Ltd with a grant from UK Steel Enterprise's Kickstart Fund and business planning support from Rotherham Youth Enterprise in 2012.

Since then she has secured a number of small and medium sized enterprise clients across the UK that need bookkeeping, payroll and taxation services. She also specialises in French credit control, import and export documentation services, as French is her first language. Nelly also provides French secretariat or administration services offering clients travel bookings, preparation of dairies for meetings.

UK Steel Enterprise is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel. Its Kickstart Fund provides grants of up to £500 to start-up businesses to purchase essential equipment and or services that can get them trading. Its main investment fund provides business finance in amounts from £25,000 up to £750,000 to companies in South Yorkshire and other areas affected by changes in the steel industry.

Nelly Tchoudi, owner of Tchoudi Accountancy Services (pictured, centre), said: "I'm very happy with the way the business is going. I go to networking events to meet people to try and get across to them how they can get help with translations services for important documentation. Import and export documents to any French speaking country can be difficult to understand for a normal UK based company, but I of course can interpret them perfectly and prevent any problems that may happen, which in turn can improve their own businesses success."

Hayely Middlebrook, regional secretary for UK Steel Enterprise (pictured, right), added: "At UK Steel Enterprise we believe in working with business owners to help them grow: but providing finance is just one part of that. We often work with other specialists to assist our clients so that they get the support they need.

"Nelly is offering a problem-solving service that goes beyond accountancy to an area that can make a substantial difference to one of her clients and we wish her all the best in reaching her business goals."

Jackie Frost, manager of Rotherham Youth Enterprise,added: "When we worked with Nelly to produce a business plan for the grant application it became clear that she has the right kind of qualifications and experience to make a real go of self-employment. We hope to support Nelly over the coming years as she works to establish herself as a specialist in her field."

UK Steel Enterprise website

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