FJT for Business is a Brighton-based business run by Fiona J Thomas, which has been built on some 25 years experience in manual and computerised bookkeeping and accounting, business planning, project and funding management.

FJT’s offering is quite simple:
A flexible, quality, virtual or on-site service in the areas of bookkeeping, business planning and financial reporting for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.

FJT’s customer base has included organisations in education, design, surveying and yacht rigging, but her speciality lies in the hospitality sector, serving cafés, restaurants, B&Bs and small hotels.


Xero accounting set-up and training

  • Certified Xero advisor
  • Full set up of cloud-based Xero Accounting Software as well as any client specific Xero Add-ons
  • Conversion of data from another accounting software to Xero
  • Training client in set up and/or day-to-day bookkeeping on Xero


Day-to-day book keeping

One, several or all of the below dependent on client

  • Processing sales invoices / daily takings and credit notes
  • Processing supplier invoices and credit notes
  • Processing expenses and petty cash
  • Processing other bank receipts and payments
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Aged debtor chasing
  • Aged creditor monitoring and payment – posting supplier statements to contact
  • Posting of adjustments and journals
  • Weekly, fortnightly, monthly Payroll, HMRC and pension submissions and payments
  • VAT return, audit trail, HMRC submissions and payments
  • Matching and posting delivery notes to supplier invoices
  • Monthly or quarterly management reporting
  • Preparation of accounts for accountant
  • Compile end of year accounts and audit if required

Registration for and compliance with government schemes

  • PAYE
  • VAT
  • Workplace pensions

Business planning

  • Understand your business proposition
  • Help you complete a business plan template based on what a funder or investor would want to see
  • Help to complete the financials to support the written business plan
  • Prepare a proposition email/letter for submission of the business plan


We eliminate the grunt of the work in administering a business through streamlined and integrated processes using Xero Accounting cloud-based software and any Xero add-ons required specific to the individual needs of a client. The results: reduced and manageable time and human resource requirements together with their associated costs; accurate and timely integrated reporting in respect of financial regulations and compliance.


You provide us with the data for your sales by either:

  • Creating quotes on Xero
  • Creating sales data on a Xero add-on application for posting to Xero
  • Posting a customer purchase order to Xero
  • Instructing us by email to raise an invoice
  • You create an invoice on Xero
  • You forward emails with supplier invoice attachments to a Xero mailbox
  • You scan your supplier invoices and send them to the Xero mailbox
  • We feed these straight into Xero
Bank transactions
  • We set up an automatic feed into Xero from your bank account so that transactions are automatically posted
  • We match the transactions to sales, purchases, other nominal transactions
Expenses and receipts
  • You scan expenses and receipts on your phone and automatically send them through to the Xero mailbox

We review all transactions, make adjustments, reconcile accounts and provide you with periodic reporting.

Business planning

Written business plan
We provide you with a template to work with and a set of guidelines. Often planning your own business is overwhelming so we offer one to one support to draw up a realistic plan.

We provide you with a financials template and tailor this to your written business plan.

Funding and investors
At the end of this process you are ready to present your business plan to your bank, potential funding stream or investor.

Operational plan
We help you translate your business plan into an operational plan translating objectives into clear prioritised tasks, allocated to responsible parties and to be met by deadlines.


FJT is able to offer fair prices as we don't have the overheads that an accountancy firm has to pass on. The best way to get started is signing up for a free ‘no obligation’ client consultation.


A half hour session held on-site, via Facetime or Skype in which we aim to learn about your business and your requirements. After this consultation, we will estimate the likely number of hours required to achieve your goals.

Due to the uncertain nature of accounts, time is chargeable by the hour and after a three-month period we aim to offer you a set fee going forward to help your cashflow.

Call 07718 927 588 or use the contact form for your free consultation and estimate.


FJT work, both hands-on and hands-off, with small business owners or individual small businesses locally, nationally, and internationally – see these case studies and client testimonials

Published: 15 September 2017

Cafe Yummy Things - A collaborative project

Café Yummy Things – A collaborative project FJT for Business has supported Serap Slorach with her Yummy Things Jam and Chutney business for some 4 ye…

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Published: 14 July 2017

Nu Posto - pizza bar

Nu Posto is a Neopolitan Pizza and Pasta restaurant with XX covers located in the heart of Brighton. Fiona took on the bookkeeping responsibility…

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Published: 11 April 2017

Day 1 Studio Ltd

Fiona was asked by a small design consultancy to review their administration and bookkeeping processes and systems as they were experiencing errors…

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Published: 11 April 2017

Archidata Ltd

Archidata Limited generate quotes on Xero for mosts jobs that they undertake and they convert these to invoices which they send directly to the…

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