Instead of us just telling you how good we are, we asked real-life user Simon Williams (Evergreen Art Café) to tell us what he thinks of our cloud-based Sage One Accounts with Sage Pay.
1. Hi Simon, could you please give me a brief summary of who you are, the name of your business and what you do?
I am Simon Williams, self-employed now for three years and owner of Evergreen Art Café. Prior to this I was a management professional for 10 years. My business is Evergreen Art Café, a gallery which also houses a quality cafe, based in a Grade II listed building in a small market town of Daventry, Northamptonshire.
Our building is based over three floors and we have the ethos of making art more accessible (unfortunately our industry can put off more people than it turns on). Because everyone has a piece of art, be that something the kids have produced or a £200,000 original on the wall, we believe that it’s something we can all enjoy and appreciate!
My business has the aim of reaching out to every individual who is a potential customer, and not only do we have customers locally, we have customers all over the UK from Edinburgh to Exeter and international customers in Paris, Singapore and Australia.
3. How long have you been using Sage One Accounts? What were you using beforehand? Why did you change?
We have been using Sage software since September 2011. My accountant used to handle all processing, etc on Sage Line 50, however Sage One Accounts gives me instant access to reporting and gives me a more hands on feel to the accounts of the business, the ability to access my accounts online allows both myself and my accountant Stuart easy access.
Also for a layman like myself, Sage One is easy to grasp and with the help of Stuart, systems and procedures can easily be put into place to take the hassle out of accounting!
4. When did you start using Sage Pay to accept online payments? Why did you choose this service and how does having it linked to Sage One Accounts help you / your business?
We introduced Sage Pay with the launch of our updated website in July 2012. Again, it’s easy to use, straightforward and gives both our business and the customer security in handling payments. I have linked it into Sage One Accounts to easily release payments.
5. What advice would you give to someone starting out in business / following in your footsteps?
Be prepared to work hard, weekends and days off are few and far between, be creative constantly looking to change and keep one step ahead of your competition. Most importantly, enjoy it as there’s no more rewarding feeling than working for yourself!
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