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Jessica Pillow

Chippenham accountant is a technology champion

Chippenham accountant Jessica Pillow has been shortlisted as a Technology Champion of the Year in recognition of her adoption and promotion of cloud computing tools.

The title is a category in the industry’s Practice Excellence Awards, now in its fourth year.

One of judges commented “Without exemption, all of the Practice Excellence Technology Champions embraced cloud computing – and some had even written their own applications.

“But Jessica Pillow’s championing extended to choosing and configuring add-on tools to maximise effectiveness within her practice and helping other accountancy firms understand and exploit its advantages too.”

Pillow May has added two new services combining cloud accounting software and other add-ons to deliver real time reporting – Get the Picture – and remote working – My Business on my Phone – to her clients.

The ReceiptBank expenses capture add-on “saved us 40 hours of data input time at £35 a hour” for one client, who gained from the savings and referred other business in the firm’s direction.

“If someone had told me I could have saved over £6,000 in accountancy fees and got information I need to run my business quicker I would not have thought it was possible,” the client said.

“Pillow May have implemented systems within my business that have meant I have not had to replace a bookkeeper, that chase my outstanding debt for me automatically and predict my cashflow as well as getting management information I understand when I need it. They are an intrinsic member of our extended management team.”

Thanks to her energetic networking – which Jessica uses to research new ideas and applications as well as to position herself as a cloud expert – Pillow May has grown by 51 percent in the past year, with 95 percent of its clients using cloud accounting software for their businesses.