How we helped a Cape Town based company gear up for growth

How we helped a Cape Town based company gear up for growth

When the opportunity arises to grow and upscale your business it is an exciting time. You begin to see the fruits of your hard work and you’re one step closer to reaching the vision for your business. However, it can also be challenging to navigate the needs growth creates. How do you improve business processes? Are your financials in order? How do you use them to show investors that your business is an attractive prospect?

These were all questions that Jacques de Villiers, Managing Director of Scuttle, a Cape Town based business that rents out gear for outdoor activities, was asking. “We had trialed the business as a proof of concept and the uptake was beyond what we expected. We saw the opportunity to enter a rapid growth phase but I wanted someone with experience to help me during the process. We needed to use our financials to guide our growth.”

“We approached Almira after hearing a few success stories. What stood out most about their approach was the personal service they offer and their knowledge of industry leading technology to help manage my financials.” said Jacques.

Scuttle dealt personally with Attie van Vuuren, one of Almira’s Directors, who specialises in the use of software solutions to structure and automate a business’s financials. “One of my favourite parts of my job is helping businesses through their growth phase. You get to fully know a business by analysing all aspects of it, proposing solutions and then watching it successfully grow. Scuttle already had some e-commerce solutions like Pay Fast and WooCommerce in place so we needed to offer them a financial management system that could integrate with these solutions.” Said Attie.

Almira recommended Xero Business and Accounting Software as the perfect solution for their needs. Some key reasons were:

  • It integrated into their existing business tools on a simple plug and play basis.
  • Offers a mobile app that allows you to view your financials in real time from anywhere, 24/7.
  • It creates massive time savings. For instance it uses AI to import and automatically categorise your latest bank transactions.
  • The detailed reporting it provides is the perfect tool to show investors the success of the business and opportunities for growth

When asking Jacques for feedback on the journey he shared, “Almira has been a great asset to my business. They’ve successfully implemented Xero in a way that puts me in control of my finances. I love that I’m saving time and am able to manage my financials from the app. Our staff can even log their expenses by scanning invoices and till slips using their phones. This takes away the admin of monthly expense claims and the worry of losing paperwork.”

“I have peace of mind knowing that my financials are in order and I have all the paperwork and reporting at my fingertips. Pulling a profit and loss statement is as simple as the click of a button. The solution has added a level of professionalism to my financials that I didn’t think was possible at such an affordable rate.”