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    A business current account that does your accounting

    Hello, I am seeking some friendly feedback on the idea of a challenger bank that is also your accounting software.

    Think HSBC and Sage in one product.

    I am the founder of a company, Countingup, and we’re building this at the moment.

    As a contractor what do you use at the moment for accounting and banking and what do you think of the Countingup idea to combine them?

    I’d really appreciate your comments, positive or negative. Thanks!

    #2
    Originally posted by timfouracre View Post
    Think HSBC and Sage in one product.
    That's a great analogy. If it's accurate, count me out!

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      #3
      Sounds like an idea with potential but I’d be concerned that there’d be a compromise is either, or both, key components.

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        #4
        Originally posted by timfouracre View Post
        Think HSBC and Sage in one product.
        HSBC and Sage, eh?

        <sucks teeth>

        Oh Dear.

        Oh Dear, oh Dear....
        "I can put any old tat in my sig, put quotes around it and attribute to someone of whom I've heard, to make it sound true."
        - Voltaire/Benjamin Franklin/Anne Frank...

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          #5
          So, a user friendly piece of software, maybe like Freeagent, but it being directly on your bank account so it does all your expenses, your VAT returns, your CT, your dividends, salary, etc and pays the correct amount to HMRC?

          If it can do all that, with guarantees from the company behind it that the figures are legal and correct, then maybe it is a possibility.

          But you'll need to show us your design and provide POC, unless you want us to design it, test it, etc, and you wit back and watch the money come in for our work?
          I'm perfect, in a very specific and limited way.
          Hands... out infractions
          Face... the music
          Space... between the ears

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            #6
            Tim did say a ‘challenger’ bank, so that would rule out HSBC!

            Hopefully not Sage either!
            "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." Cicero

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              #7
              A business current account that does your accounting

              To start a challenger bank needs a few hundred million £ in capital. One would have thought that with this sort of backing, a business plan slightly more advanced than “HSBC+sage and ask around a few forums peopled by cynical gits” would be needed.
              So can you share more details of the plan to get some interest?
              Or do you not have a few hundred million yet?
              See You Next Tuesday

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                #8
                To answer your question with an answer rather than more questions

                Metro Bank and SJD. The former I am very happy with, the latter I am also happy with but skeptical about due to all the scaremongering on the forum.

                If you can make it work it sounds good, however SJD already have integration with Metro so all of my transactions get updated on their online platform, all I need to do is "allocate" transactions in the accountancy section and describe the purpose of the transaction (i.e. invoice in, expense out, dividend, etc.)

                I don't really know how you would automate all of that any further than it already is in a platform like theirs, short of working out mathematically what the invoices/expenses are and then when the transaction comes in from the bank side, auto allocating them.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Lance View Post
                  To start a challenger bank needs a few hundred million £ in capital. One would have thought that with this sort of backing, a business plan slightly more advanced than “HSBC+sage and ask around a few forums peopled by cynical gits” would be needed.
                  So can you share more details of the plan to get some interest?
                  Or do you not have a few hundred million yet?
                  I think he means they're partnering with a challenger bank and building a platform Lance. My interpretation may be wrong though.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by mattfx View Post
                    To answer your question with an answer rather than more questions

                    Metro Bank and SJD. The former I am very happy with, the latter I am also happy with but skeptical about due to all the scaremongering on the forum.

                    If you can make it work it sounds good, however SJD already have integration with Metro so all of my transactions get updated on their online platform, all I need to do is "allocate" transactions in the accountancy section and describe the purpose of the transaction (i.e. invoice in, expense out, dividend, etc.)

                    I don't really know how you would automate all of that any further than it already is in a platform like theirs, short of working out mathematically what the invoices/expenses are and then when the transaction comes in from the bank side, auto allocating them.
                    You’ve described FreeAgent with any of the banks it takes a feed from. The OP seems to want to setup both bank and accountancy rather than create an integration product.
                    See You Next Tuesday

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