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Rich Preece

As VP and UK Country Manager at Intuit, Rich Preece is focused on increasing QuickBooks' customer base in the UK by helping SMBs and accounting professionals move to the cloud to manage their finances more simply and effectively with QuickBooks Online. Prior to his current role he was Director of Intuit’s Partnership Solutions Group, specialising in identifying and integrating third party solutions within the QuickBooks ecosystem, to help simplify customers’ lives so they can grow their entire business on one platform. Rich recently returned to the UK with his family having spent 16 years in the US, the last 12 of which were with Intuit. He also currently sits on the board of the European App Developers Alliance. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Bournemouth University.

SMEs Reach For The Sky With The Cloud

As anyone that has been through the experience will admit, running a small business demands blood, sweat and tears. Every day is a careful balancing act of sales, solvency and processes, all in an often unpredictable bid for growth. It takes hard graft, an understanding of the processes involved in getting an idea of the ground – and crucially, how to keep it running. As a result, small business o...

The History Of The Books And The Future Of Accounting

Accountancy has been a feature of business for thousands of years but, like almost every single business process, it has evolved significantly over time. As Winston Churchill once said ‘the farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see’. So what are some of the accounting milestones throughout history, and are we set to see another in 2015? Mesopotamia Accounting is near...

The Most Popular Funding Sources Available To SMEs Today

Getting access to financial lending hasn’t been easy for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) since the 2007 financial crisis. Even now, banks seem reluctant to part with their cash. Yet, the latest results from SME Finance Monitor indicate that small businesses are actually shunning traditional lending from the banks in favour of alternative forms of finance. 77 percent of the 5,000 UK small ...

How Can SMEs Ensure 2015’s Forecasts Aren’t Just A Pipe Dream?

Running a small business can be like walking a tightrope. Every day is a balancing act of sales, solvency and processes, all in an often unpredictable bid for growth. Added to this, the economic climate since 2007 has fluctuated wildly, meaning growth forecasts have shrunk. As a result, SME owners have been laser-focused on the bottom line in order to keep their heads above water. This has all con...

Can ‘Tech Cities’ Accelerate Small Business Success?

There are plenty of clichés to describe how it feels to run an SME. ‘Backs against the wall’, ‘keeping your head above water’, ‘a rollercoaster ride’. For many, while starting off a business is the best thing they’ve ever done, such clichés paint a picture of the tough situations founders sometimes find themselves in trying to survive and thrive. Starting and running a SME does require blood, swea...

How To Manage Your Own Business Finances

Last year, 526,446 new businesses were registered in the UK, as more and more people looked to start their own ventures. However, as anyone who has done it will know, setting up a business is no picnic. One of the most common bugbears is managing finances. Whether it’s keeping on top of invoices or managing cash flow – it’s not why many people decide to start their own businesses, and can be a tim...

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