By Amina Hussain, Director - SME Outsourcing
In October 2012, after leaving, the Big Four, KPMG with 14 years’ corporate experience behind me, I took the leap of faith to set up my own accountancy practice in the heart of Birmingham as I wanted to make a difference in our SME community. With everything going in the right direction, my company, SME Outsourcing acquired a larger premise and increased the number of staff to meet the demand of our client services.
However, the real challenges in my business began on 16th March 2020, when Boris Johnson announced the upcoming potential lockdown. You can imagine as an accountant that my clients were in a state of disarray, wondering how this would affect them financially. As a firm, we received an unprecedented number of enquiries.
If this was not enough to contend with, I contracted the Coronavirus on the 18th March 2020 and with running my firm, I felt the pressure increased, as many people depended on my advice and support...