Galway business, Bookkeeping Partners (BKP), is urging fellow business owners to remember the less fortunate in the run up to the holiday season. BKP give one euro for every hour they bill to their Charity of the Year. “We find this a great way to donate as the amount we give is directly linked to our turnover,” explains Deirdre Geraghty, owner of BKP, “and as we donate monthly, it’s a little easier on the cashflow than trying to find a lump sum at year end.”
“It’s a very tough time for everyone but Charities are finding it exceptionally hard to survive” explained Deirdre. “Financial support from the Government is constantly being cut and fund-raising has become extremely difficult. I realise money is tight for everyone right now but we need to remember that these Charities look after our communities and we all avail of their services at some time, either directly or through our families and friends.”
A Huge impact
According to Business in the Community Ireland, community and voluntary organisations in Ireland received almost €20 million in support from the Business Community in 2009. Deirdre states, “You can see from this figure the huge impact that businesses have on these not for profit organisations and how many simply would not exist without our help. I urge all business owners to look at their budgets for next year and if possible, set up a regular monthly donation, regardless of how small it is.”
Charity of the year
Galway Rape Crisis Centre was chosen as BKP’s Charity of the Year. Executive Director, Aoibheann McCann comments, “Receiving regular monthly donations is incredibly helpful to us as normally we can’t predict when we will receive donations and we often find ourselves with a shortfall of funds. We are extremely grateful to the business community for their help.”
BKP provide personalised bookkeeping and payroll services and have extensive experience in dealing with small to medium sized businesses. Deirdre Geraghty comments, “At present we are spending quite a bit of time helping clients with issues such as managing their cashflow and dealing with the Revenue. It’s tough at present but the trick is to stay positive and ask for help when you need it.”
Outsourcing bookkeeping and payroll is extremely cost-effective and now is the time to look toward 2011 and see how you can make savings in your business.
Contact BKP for an informative chat on (091) 737904 or see further details on www.bkp.ie.