Learn how Scribe has the power to transform Town and Parish Councils Accounts from our Customer case studies
"Our recent VAT report and invoicing took tasks that were taking 2-3 days down to 10-15 minutes, it was just ridiculously quicker!"
"It's just so user friendly! I don't have a favourite application, I love it all! I just think if I can use it, anyone can use it."
"Amazed at year-end at how easy it was, I had to do very little as Finance Officer- my job was essentially redundant!"
"Somebody recommend Scribe, we backdated the accounts and everything worked perfectly, it was tears of joy... definitely!"
"I came into the clerking world with no experience of accounting and the inherited Excel spreadsheets were a monthly, quarterly and annual nightmare for me. Everything took so long to populate - let alone add up! I saw the Scribe tutorial and suggested it to my lovely Councillors who didn't hesitate to agree, so I could devote my time to proactive tasks which make a difference to our community, rather than poring over a calculator, burning the midnight oil. The support team are amazing, and I no longer wake up worrying about the accounts."
- Mims Edwards
"Scribe support is excellent, quick and straightforward - thank you!"
- Gamlingay Parish Council
"I want to say a sincere thank-you for the help and guidance the Scribe colleagues have provided me over the past 3½ years. There's always a calm and sensible voice at the end of the phone."
- Barling Magna Parish Council
My name is Francesca Pridding, I’m the Clerk at Tywyn Town Council in South Wales
The council has used Scribe since 2016, I started August 2017. The system being used before was a pencil and a ledger, when my predecessor took over he was slightly more computer literate and started using Scribe, every month, however, he still produced a Financial Report for the Council on an Excel spreadsheet.
When I took over (having never been a Clerk before) I soon started looking for anything that made my life easier and Scribe was perfect, and that’s now all I use.
I love the way that every month I just click a couple of buttons that produce a complete report that I can give to the Councillors along with a lovely tidy bank reconciliation. The VAT report is absolutely invaluable and save hours of time. I'm a Lawyer by training, figures are not my natural happy place, but Scribe makes me feel slightly smug about being able to produce financial reports that impress the Councillors and look so professional.
Flipping hours! Easily 8 hours per month and then another 4 hours per quarter on the VAT, and then the total lack of headache that I’m anticipating at the Year End.
Do it! The Internal Auditor will love you, your Councillors will love you, the VAT man will have no issues, you’ll be able to sleep at night! You can even tick a little box and all your s137 payments are accounted for, you can even add little notes to each entry. The system is easier than producing a functioning Excel spreadsheet and the Customer Support is fantastic. I was completely new to the system when I started in August and yet I have picked it up easily with a bit of help from the outstanding Customer Support.
My name is Liz Shayler I am Clerk to Banwell Parish Council
To save time for the Clerk. Generate a variety of reports.
A previous Clerk with only an administrative background got themselves into a bit of a pickle and we had to hire a finance officer to sort it out.
Intuitive. For somebody without a finance background it is a god send. It is logical and easy to use and time saving. Reports are invaluable to both the Clerk and to the Councillors/Committee members.
The time saving comes from the reports generated. Budgets were only reported monthly to full PC. Now they are reported monthly to the full PC (along with the bank rec) and also individually to the two committees. The end of year and bank reconciliation take 5/10 minutes.
It is what you need for a medium/small council. For somebody without a finance background it is a god send. It is logical and easy to use, and time-saving. Easy to read reports that even those without a finance background but with an element of common sense can read.
My name is Sue Piergianni, I am Clerk to Whittlesey Town Council
We had been using SAGE which was obtained by one of the Councillors, however I wanted something that was tailored for councils and produced figures that members needed to see, not profit and loss as per Sage’s reports. Prior to me starting with the council they used to send all the financial work to an external source, I wanted to bring it in house to keep the cost down, they also used to have an external accountant complete the accounts prior to submission, this was again a further cost to the council.
Scribe is so user friendly, it guides you through everything and has the ability to produce every report you would need as a Town Clerk. I no longer use any external resources to produce end of year, Scribe does everything for you and populates the Annual Return. The Support staff at Scribe are really helpful and have helped me resolve any queries. I have attended a Scribe workshop which was really good to exchange knowledge with other clerks.
This is a really hard one, I think the best way to answer it is, I do a bank reconciliation every month, sometimes twice a month, but also do a full reconciliation, this means if there are any errors I can rectify them straight away, I explained this to members at the workshop and said it takes a couple of minutes longer but saves so much time at year end. it is so easy to use that is saves hours over SAGE.
Scribe is really easy to pick up, if you make mistakes you can find them so easily. It also makes year end so easy