Caroline Cole (Director)
Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Tax Technician
Having caught the accountancy bug aged 14, I studied European Finance & Accounting at Leeds Metropolitian University, spending a year at Normandy Business School in Caen, studying the French system.
Having trained and qualified with Deloittes in Crawley, I then spent 11 years with Honey Barrett, where I became partner.
At Savoir Faire Accounting I specialise in helping owner managed businesses to meet their compliance requirements but also helping them to get the most from their business.
I enjoy working with my portfolio French clients and am keen to develop this aspect of the business as it is an area where I feel I can give these clients a higher level of support than most UK accountants would be able to.
I’m a member of Eastbourne & District Chamber of Commerce, Eastbourne Athena, Royal Chapter of BNI, and run an Anglo-French Business Group in Sussex.
My spare time is filled with running around after 3 children and following Brighton & Hove Albion. Due to a problem with my foot, you will find me wearing an interesting suit and trainer combo at work!
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Nick Cole (Director)
Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
My accountancy career has always had a heavy industry focus, starting as a purchase ledger clerk at Jones Bootmakers, then moving on to Powerplay Direct as accounts assistant in charge of the sales ledger, with the role developing to include monthly management and year-end accounts work and external reporting for some of the subsidiary businesses.
In order to gain a formal qualification I made the switch into practice at Honey Barrett and Plummer Parsons where I qualified firstly with the AAT in 2005 then the ACCA in 2008. The clients I worked with included a wide range of owner managed businesses of various sizes. My work ranged from bookkeeping and VAT returns, year-end accounts and tax, audits and personal tax returns.
In 2012 I moved back in to industry as Financial Controller at AJ Mobility where I oversaw all financial aspects of the group, including cash flow management, liaison with suppliers, payroll processing etc.
In January 2013 I took on a part time Director role at Savoir Faire Accounting and in March 2014 I joined on a full time basis. Using my industry knowledge, I help our clients to get the most of out of their accounting information by preparing and interpreting regular management accounts. Working alongside business owners I identify and report on Key Performance Indicators, both financial and non-financial and analyse these and pre-set budgets to make sure the business is going in the right direction. If it is not then I highlight where it is going wring to develop a plan in order to rectify this.
My spare time is spent looking after my son and step children, watching Everton, reading, watching films and along with Caroline and some friends we enjoy regular pub quizzes.
Monika Meszelyne Bene (Assistant Accountant)
I originally joined the Savoir Faire Accounting team as a bookkeeper. I passed the final AAT exams in December 2015 and now I am a full member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. My previous roles have included being a personal assistant and accountant at the Town Council Mayor’s Offices in Gyöngyös. Before starting at Savoir Faire Accounting, I improved my English by undertaking volunteer roles at Bookends, Scope and Helen Owen Marketing Enterprises.
At Savoir Faire Accounting, my role is to support clients with their bookkeeping and VAT obligations, providing up to date management information and helping them to meet deadlines. I also prepare their final accounts and tax returns. I regularly use SAGE and have been awarded the FreeAgent Expert accreditation.
In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, playing tennis, hiking and learning languages. I am fluent in Hungarian and speak French at an intermediate level.
Rita Varga Koczak (Assistant Accountant)
I joined the Savoir Faire Accounting team as an Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper but am now working full time on the accounts side, continuing to do bookkeeping, preparing accounts and tax returns. I regularly use SAGE and Xero and have been awarded the FreeAgent Expert accreditation.
I have always felt passionate about working with figures. After I completed my Hungarian Erettsegi (A levels) I moved to England and started my professional development studying AAT. In 2016 I qualified at AAT and have now started to study ACCA.
In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities such as nature walks and city tours when the weather permits, watching movies, and spending quality time with my family.
Lauren Schofield (Office Junior)
When Mum (Caroline) first asked me to help out at Savoir Faire Accounting, my first reaction was to say “No” as I really don’t want to be an accountant when I grow up. I did however want to start working and luckily my role does not involve any accountancy.
Working a few hours a week, my role includes scanning documents and saving them to client folders, hard copy filing, dealing with archiving, post runs and making lots of tea.
When I am not doing homework for school, I enjoy cooking, writing stories, drawing and reading.