“The service is efficient, responsive, personal and cost-effective - just what I need.”

Mark Murphy, Director MCM Estates Ltd

The Team

Clare started CEM in 2014. She’s been steadily building the business ever since thanks to some very loyal clients and her desire to offer a flexible service that is designed to help other businesses grow.

Our focus is:

Excellence: We have the skills and knowledge needed to complete your accounts to the highest standards. We’re an ICB (Institute to Certified Bookkeepers) registered practice so we’re licenced to provide a wide range of services including general bookkeeping and accounts department work, purchase & sales ledger, reconciliations, trial balances, VAT returns, and cashflow forecasts. We’re also qualified in Payroll, Self-Assessment Tax Returns, Micro-Entity Accounts, Payroll, Budgeting and Management Accounts.

Communication: Finance is our thing, but that doesn’t mean it’s yours. We don’t talk in jargon – we translate the numbers into something meaningful for you that helps you make good choices for your business growth. We’re here to take the pain for financial admin away so you can focus on your business. You won’t get lost in a corporate haze – we’ll take the time to understand your business and industry and bring a personal touch.

Flexibility: We’ve been working with small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and sole traders and individuals since 2014. Some businesses want us to work as an outsourced finance department managing everything. Some individuals want support with Self-Assessment. Some turn up with detailed spreadsheets, some have a bag of receipts. That’s fine. We’ll provide you with the support you need.

Simplicity: We’ll take away all the data imputing and all the number crunching, collecting your data and turning it into concise financial reports that are easy to understand. We’ll take away the stress of HMRC compliance, Auto Enrolment, automation set-up, budgeting, cash flow and management accounts.

Advice: Let us help you interpret the numbers too. We offer advice on business strategy for growth, company policies and procedures, cost and stock control, budgeting and forecasting, cash flow management and training.

CEM Team Photo

The CEM Team (From left to right)

Clare Mannall, Joanne Downs, Kimberley Piombini
and Alex Hughes

Team celebrating at award ceremony

The CEM Winning Team December 2019

ICB Advanced Bookkeeping and Accounting

Clare loves nothing more than a great spreadsheet, Xero and a new finance app. Her current motto is ‘if you’re repeating it, automate it…’

She has a Master’s with Distinction in Hospitality Business Management and twenty years’ experience working in finance departments in the hospitality sector through to teaching degree level finance. In 2014 she decided she wanted to set up on her own, gaining her Practice Licence. In the same year she won the ICB Luca Award for Student of the Year. She brings that same level of dedication to excellence to building her business as well as .

We believe that bringing in the right skills where and when you need it can transform your business, so we practise what we preach. After a 20-year career spanning finance and sales, Alex started her own administration business. She is expert at what she does and is responsible for ensuring CEM runs smoothly, freeing Clare up to focus on her passion – the numbers!

ICB Advanced Bookkeeping and Accounting

With a 9-year career in Banking IT as an Analyst Programmer and Retail Systems Manager for Dunhill Ltd, Kimberley is drawn to problem solving, client support and learning new technologies. With an ICB Advanced Bookkeeping qualification, Kimberley joined the CEM Team in February 2019.

ICB Advanced Bookkeeping and Accounting
ICB Self-Assessment Taxation

Joanna has a wealth of knowledge across different sectors from high street fashion to construction and increasingly found she enjoyed the accounting side of business more and more. When she realised making the numbers balance was exciting stuff, she was hooked!


Donna-Lee Townsend

Donna-Lee is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.  She has 8 years of experience in auditing, both in Johannesburg and London.  She joined us in 2020 after taking an extended break from work to raise a family.  She is enjoying being back in the work place, learning new skills and meeting new clients.

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