About Us

About Us

OUR STORY

Kathryn and Tony had been working together for the past three years then an opportunity arose that neither of them expected or could refuse. Here we find out their story:-

 

"I had been working with a number of Accountants since Bookkeeping Counts was born in 2014, one of which was Tony McNally from AMJM Consulting. We were both sole traders looking to grow our business but struggling with time. There is only so much work one person can do! What we both soon realised was that there was a simple solution to this - join forces! Instead of referring work to one another we would be able to do it in house and offer a much wider range of services to our clients that is bespoke to them. So Guidon Group was formed and it is very exciting times ahead for both of us."

Kathryn

“Having worked in industry for most of my accounting career I welcomed the opportunity to work with smaller businesses acting as their virtual FD making sure that they were compliant with their statutory and tax obligations but also helping them progress in their business and life ambitions without the need for a full time accountant. Whilst other accountants keep their client contact down to the bare minimum we welcome our clients talking to us on any subject without the meter running. Meeting with Kathryn whilst on a client engagement proved that we had a common purpose when dealing with clients and the skills that we brought to the partnership complemented each other. The move to cloud accounting in the industry prompted our merger. We wanted to offer a totally integrated accounting service from bookkeeping, payroll, VAT, annual accounts and Corporation tax to regular management accounts production, finding the right funding and reviewing the client’s business strategy at whatever stage of the business life it was. This thereby enhances the service for those clients who need it. Whilst we can interact with clients on a regular and frequent basis, cloud accounting means that we can monitor the financial well-being of a business almost instantly. To enable us to provide this level of customer service we are now Quickbooks online certified pro advisers.”

Tony
1580's

Happy Clients

700's

Tax Returns Completed

210's

Hours of QuickBooks Training



Kathryn
Barnes


I love exploring the outdoors! Whether that's going for a country walk in the North York Moors, climbing a mountain in the Lake District or visiting different countries. I enjoy learning about a country's history, experiencing its culture and tasting its delicious food. My favourite place has to be the Greek islands. There's something so special about them! One of my dreams is to travel more as there are still lots of places I would like to visit, in particular Bannerghatta National Park in India where my adopted Born Free tiger Roque now lives.

One of my passions is cats both large and small and I have 2 rescue cats, one of which I'm sure thinks he's a lion! The Born Free film had a profound effect on me and hence my passion for big cats was born. Tigers have a special place in my heart because they are very majestic, elegant creatures but are sadly on the verge of extinction, hence I support the Born Free Foundation to help protect them. I have been lucky enough to hand feed a tiger at the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent, which was a dream come true. My next challenge is to use the skills that I have learnt in my photography course to capture these amazing cats!

Nowadays running has become an important part of my life all thanks to the Sisters R Doing It Running Club that I joined earlier this year. I didn't believe that I could run a full 5km without stopping. I found it tough and hated it at first. It took a lot of motivation to get me out running on a Wednesday night after work! However, I was determined that I would not quit, that I would succeed and improve my parkrun times, which I am now doing and getting PB's! I actually look forward to running now because of the fantastic support network that I have and the friendships that I have made. They are my motivation along with the fact that I find it a great way to relieve stress whilst keeping fit and exploring different routes in my region. 7 months later I am entering into 10km races! Just goes to show that anything is possible when you put your mind to it!

I enjoy a challenge and with the Accounting Industry undergoing a massive change in the last few years with the introduction of cloud based software and apps it is essential that I know how to use them and keep my skills and training fresh and up-to-date. My recent training qualifies me as a Certified Quickbooks Pro Advisor.

In 1998 when I graduated from University with my Accounting and Finance degree technology was very different. Most people didn't have mobile phones or access to the world wide web. Nowadays we can't live without them! My first job after leaving University was costing projects manually using a calculator and piece of paper but now there's probably an app for it! During my 19 years experience in bookkeeping and accounting I have seen lots of changes, most of which should help save us time in our busy lives. I am excited to see what the future holds!



Tony
McNally


I love exploring the outdoors! Whether that's going for a country walk in the North York Moors, climbing a mountain in the Lake District or visiting different countries. I enjoy learning about a country's history, experiencing its culture and tasting its delicious food. My favourite place has to be the Greek islands. There's something so special about them! One of my dreams is to travel more as there are still lots of places I would like to visit, in particular Bannerghatta National Park in India where my adopted Born Free tiger Roque now lives.

One of my passions is cats both large and small and I have 2 rescue cats, one of which I'm sure thinks he's a lion! The Born Free film had a profound effect on me and hence my passion for big cats was born. Tigers have a special place in my heart because they are very majestic, elegant creatures but are sadly on the verge of extinction, hence I support the Born Free Foundation to help protect them. I have been lucky enough to hand feed a tiger at the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent, which was a dream come true. My next challenge is to use the skills that I have learnt in my photography course to capture these amazing cats!

Nowadays running has become an important part of my life all thanks to the Sisters R Doing It Running Club that I joined earlier this year. I didn't believe that I could run a full 5km without stopping. I found it tough and hated it at first. It took a lot of motivation to get me out running on a Wednesday night after work! However, I was determined that I would not quit, that I would succeed and improve my parkrun times, which I am now doing and getting PB's! I actually look forward to running now because of the fantastic support network that I have and the friendships that I have made. They are my motivation along with the fact that I find it a great way to relieve stress whilst keeping fit and exploring different routes in my region. 7 months later I am entering into 10km races! Just goes to show that anything is possible when you put your mind to it!

I enjoy a challenge and with the Accounting Industry undergoing a massive change in the last few years with the introduction of cloud based software and apps it is essential that I know how to use them and keep my skills and training fresh and up-to-date. My recent training qualifies me as a Certified Quickbooks Pro Advisor.

In 1998 when I graduated from University with my Accounting and Finance degree technology was very different. Most people didn't have mobile phones or access to the world wide web. Nowadays we can't live without them! My first job after leaving University was costing projects manually using a calculator and piece of paper but now there's probably an app for it! During my 19 years experience in bookkeeping and accounting I have seen lots of changes, most of which should help save us time in our busy lives. I am excited to see what the future holds!

Our Happy Clients

Kathryn is a capable professional with good technical ability and a keen-eye for sensible and practical solutions to any issues. Her friendly and helpful demeanour mean it's a pleasure to work with Kathryn.

Eliot Caulton finance director at Medigold Health Consultancy Limited

I met Kathryn at BNI and felt instantly she was a person I could trust. I have asked for Kathryns help with our book keeping. She has proceeded to sort out our paperwork and set us up with easy to follow procedures looking forward to 2016. Kathryn worked efficiently and conscientiously to meet our needs and I more than happy to recommend her services.

Penni Samter-Smith Trainer and Therapist

Kathryn is extremely organised and hard working and has stepped in to ensure the smooth running of the financial side of our business which she has done in an efficient and confident manner. Not only is she very experienced, she's also a lovely person to work closely with. I would have no hesitation in recommending Kathryn to anyone who needs her expertise. Any business owner would find Kathryn an asset to their business.

Leigh Trimble Corporate Services Manager Keyfort Group Ltd