Payroll Services

Payroll is one of the key components of any business. Ensuring staff are paid the correct amount of pay, and on time, not only helps a business’ finances (and avoid any trouble) but also builds confidence and commitment from an employee. At Smith & Brown, we understand that not only is every business is unique, but their payroll process is too. That’s why all our payroll outsourcing services are tailored exactly to meet our clients’ requirements and needs. By understanding your business, our team of accountants can provide an accurate and cost saving payroll solution, leaving you time to focus on the day to day running of your company.

What is payroll and why do you need it?


Payroll is the function of paying employees, usually via bank transfers. Equally as important is the recording of payroll, making sure holidays, taxes, bonuses and any other fluctuations are all considered.

Done right, payroll should be simple. Your staff get paid the right amount, at the right time. Any deviation from this can be harmful to morale of staff and the financial stability of the company.

For example, in a small business, employees tend to be more aware of the company’s financial stability than in a larger business. If payroll is late, employees will start to question the financial integrity and every day running of your company. 

This can cause them to start underperforming and to care less about their job if they feel it is not secure. Payroll isn’t just salary; it includes any benefits and bonuses an employee might receive, and it also shows important deductions from an employee’s pay, such as pension deposits and student loan repayments.

Hopefully we’ve painted the picture here – that payroll is a vital part of running your business.


Automatic pension enrolment


Automatic pension enrolment is a government initiative set up to help more people save for later life through a pension scheme at work. In the past, workers ended up missing out on valuable pension benefits because their employer didn’t offer them a pension. 

Through this government legislation, it is now mandatory that every employer must automatically enroll staff into a workplace pension if they are aged over 22, state pension age, earn more than £10K a year, and/or work in UK. Smith & Brown can help you organise your payroll department by setting up your scheme and fully managing it from either your staging date or once you have already staged.


How can outsourced payroll services work for small businesses?


Payroll services in accounting usually refers to the amount paid to employees, their salaries, hourly rates and totals, and their tax, often deducted at source by PAYE. Medium and large companies often have a dedicated payroll department to handle this work directly, but for most small businesses, outsourcing their payroll services to an external accounting company is the best choice. 

Outsourcing your payroll can result in a reduced cost of administration depending on the structure of your current payroll arrangements. If you choose the wrong payroll solution for your business, it can be extremely costly and inefficient.

Beyond their main function of ensuring that employees are paid correctly, payroll accountants often have responsibility for filing of the correct paperwork for regulatory agencies like HMRC. Depending on the type of work your company does, these obligations might include:

  • PAYE documentation, including records of tax and NI deducted ‘at source’ provided to HMRC.
  • CIS documentation
  • Communication with accountancy dept. regarding wage bills and taxation for the purposes of annual accounts.
  • Pensions.
  • P11D/P11D(b)/P9D. These are documentation relating to benefits and expenses liable for class 1A National Insurance contributions.
  • Student Loan Contributions.
  • Payslips.
  • Calculation of Sick Pay.
  • Issuance of P60/P45 for end of year and/or employees who are leaving.


Most of these functions are legal requirements, so it’s important to allocate them to an accountant that you can trust! At Smith & Brown, we pride ourselves on offering outsourced payroll services that are not restricted to just sorting employee pay slips. We can tailor your payroll services to become a powerful management analytical tool for your business!


Benefits of choosing Smith & Brown to help with your payroll services


Smith & Brown provide flexible and reliable payroll services for businesses of all sizes across the Northwest. We understand the importance of having a team that you know; you get along with and who you trust in handling something as important as your payroll. That’s why we dig deep, to get to know the inner workings of your business so that we can ensure your payroll services are efficient and hassle-free.


We’ll work alongside you to help you achieve your business goals with bespoke payroll services through cloud-based software. Using this payroll system, you can easily handle all your payroll requirements and maintain a full HR database. 


You’ll also be able to make changes 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the world with an internet connection, all for as little as £1 per employee per month! Whatever your payroll requirements are, we will work to help make the most out of your finances. Your initial consultation with us is free so you’ll have the opportunity to discuss some of the benefits and risks of each option with one of our partners, without any obligation!


We build lasting client relationships like no-one else

Here at Smith & Brown, we understand that running a small business can be a demanding job, as well as time consuming!

Above all else, we’re committed to understanding the ins and outs of your business and designing a bespoke accounting service that’s especially for you. Our accounting services are flexible, accessible and unlimited. Regardless of how you utilise our accounting and bookkeeping services, rest assured that we’ll ensure full compliance and honesty at every stage.


Smart growth for your business

Over the past twelve years we’ve developed a process-driven approach, which helps small business owners with the daily challenge of getting out from inside their business and staying on top of it. Our ‘Smart Growth’ uses the latest in data collection and processing technology to put you firmly in control of your business. We’ll help you find scalability and develop the confidence and vision you need to drive your businesses further.


Quality expertise

Over the years, we’ve handled lots of accounts and provided direction for hundreds of diverse businesses. Our qualifications and decades of experience mean that we understand the world of business and accounting. Whatever accounting service you may need, we’ve got it covered.

If you need specialist advice, we can provide it for you through our extensive network of contacts in your industry. What makes Smith & Brown different from the rest is our commitment to understanding your needs and working with you to help you achieve your goals.


Our accounting services

We offer a bespoke fixed fee service for small businesses of all shapes and sizes. Besides bookkeeping, we also offer the following services:

Annual accounts

We can handle your small business’ annual accounts for you, meeting the submission deadline on your behalf, giving you the peace of mind that your submission will be complete and correct.

Xero Cloud Accounting

This service gives you access to a huge range of real-time data about your business 24 hours a day. Cloud based accounting software gives you, your finance team and your accountant, access to the same data simultaneously without having to send it to each other by email or physical methods.

PAYE & payroll services

We offer a completely comprehensive Payroll service through our own sophisticated cloud-based software. Using this system, you can easily handle all your payroll requirements, as well as maintain a full HR database.

Business startup & company formation

We offer a comprehensive company formation service which goes beyond simply completing the paperwork on your behalf. We can offer you a free consultation or a series of discussions around the issues of incorporation, the risks and responsibilities involved, all with an eye for you, your goals and aspirations.

Corporate & business tax accountants

Does sorting your business’ corporation tax return fill you will worry and dread? Smith & Brown can simplify the process, so you don’t have to deal with HMRC, never miss a deadline and always pay the correct amount in tax.

R&D tax advisors

We can handle your claim for R&D tax relief from start to finish, whilst making sure it’s as smooth, hassle-free and cost-effective as possible. Rest assured that our team of R&D tax advisors are here to help make sure your claim is accurate and effective.

Personal tax accountant

We can handle your personal tax return no matter what state your bookkeeping is in! We’ll provide a flexible service to you that lets you give us the information we need in any way you like and takes away the hassle of sorting your finances completely.


Contact Us

If you have any comments or questions about your small business’ accounts or finances, Smith & Brown are here to help. Whether you simply want some advice, or to arrange a meeting with us face to face, get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

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