We have a passion for accounts and anything to do with accounts

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Hi! I ‘m  Shruti.

As a child I was not sure what I wanted to become. But since taking up accountancy in year 10 I knew what I wanted to be in life. ‘An accountant’ and here I am 20 years down the line living my dream! 

How was Charity Accountant born?

I developed a keen interest in charities having trained at a firm of accountants in Greenwich specialising in charities and not for profits. Later this interest developed into my passion. I gained immense understanding about a variety of charities and the way their finances were managed. After gathering vast knowledge in accounting and financial reporting for charities it was time to give back. This is when Charity Accountant was born. So that small charities could find affordable and quality accounting services with a personal touch. Today, I have over 22 years of experience training and working as an accountant out of which 13 years are in charity and voluntary sector in UK.

Experience and responsibilities

Having joined as trainee I quickly got promoted and before I realised I was the Audit and Accounts Supervisor. Seeing it from bottom to top you come to learn all the ins and out of charity accounting like bookkeeping, bank reconciliations and  VAT returns. Before long, I was thrown in the depths to realise on my potential. As a result majority of my experience is in accounts preparation complying with Charity SORP, independent examination and bookkeeping.

Leading the audit teams, I was in charge of audit for charities handling larger and complex audits. Advising clients on various issues regarding bookkeeping, accounts and financial procedures was a task that I took seriously because it made them see that we cared.

I remember, once due to a staff member leaving, my manager said that she does not need to hire anyone new but just clone Shruti! Which I would rather take as a compliment.

Well, having said all that you don’t have to just take my word for it. Here is what our clients have to say.

Hi, I’m Angelica.

I was born and raised in the Philippines. When I was a child, I have always dreamed of working in the medical field or anything science related. So, I decided to study at a science high school. At the end of secondary school, I realised that science is not the right career path for me. I decided to do Accounting as a whim to try something completely different from what I was doing in High School. Looking back now, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am glad that I chose Accounting and that decision has shaped me and made me who I am today.

I studied Accountancy in university for a year before I moved to the UK in 2015. A year after moving in the country, I started working towards my AAT qualification. Three years down the line, I have now completed my Professional Diploma in Accounting qualification (AAT Level 4). I am will now be working towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.

I started as a Trainee for Shruti Soni Limited in early January 2019. Working for a firm specialising in charity accounts was completely different from my expectations. As we don’t typically cover not for profit organisations in class.

Having worked here for over ten months, I better understand the difference between non-profit organisations’ accounts and private businesses’ accounts and what to look out for when working on an independent examination.