Simon Beardmore

Simon-Beardmore.jpgAfter qualifying as an Accountant and building up invaluable experience at the tender age of  23, Simon co-founded a firm based in North Hampshire. In order to grow 5 years later this merged with a practice based in Surrey.  

Simon has always held a keen interest in applying technology and being an “early adopter” he spotted an opportunity to provide real time accounting and tax planning to businesses in any location. As a result he formed Savvy in 2014.  Specialising in creatively using cloud technology, Simon now provides growth and advisory services to corporate clients as well as rolling out professional accountancy, tax, VAT, PAYE and CIS services across a range of industries. 

Hayley Ford


Hayley is based in the Reading area has been providing bookkeeping services and advice to an array of clients from sole traders to small businesses. Currently working in both employed and self-employed roles. Offering all areas of bookkeeping, specialising in VAT, Payroll, Construction industry and Personal Tax.

Hayley is a fully licensed accountant with AAT and completed this Technician Qualification in 2016.

She has extensive knowledge of QuickBooks as this is the software that she has always used. Over the years Hayley has developed her skills and qualifications to be able to ensure offering the best advice to her clients and feels passionate providing a professional service at all times.

Billie Sharp


With a thorough qualified background in Graphic Design and business Billie is able to provide a skilful and experienced mix of design, technical creativity and business level website design. 

For the last 18 years she has been running innov8 graphic design with a growing client list across all sectors and sizes. innov8 graphic design can bring together an agile team for businesses that need joined up advice and support. Everything from the latest web technology, coding and framework designers, SEO services, content management through to web hosting and print media can be provided.

Having helped many new businesses from conception, Billie continues to enjoy the job satisfaction of working with passionate business owners and all sized businesses striving for a consistent visual impact across all their marketing media.

Geof Thornton


In my varied career I have always brought a practical, clear eyed and finance based emphasis to the sectors I have worked in. In the banking industry as a manager for over 10 years I advised a wide variety of businesses from a multitude of different sectors. Following this for over 10 years I was a regional manager in the hospitality sector supporting business owners to establish sustainable businesses, including in challenging times. More recently I have been working within the business support sector helping individuals to start their own business giving advice, training and coaching.

I have now started my own horticultural business which has been operating for over 2 years. In addition I am a qualified personal fitness trainer for which I have a number of long term clients. 

On a personal note I am mad about sport having played semi pro football, but my real passion is rugby!

Mike Wallace


Mike provides a friendly, accurate & reliable bookkeeping service to businesses in the Reading & South Oxfordshire area.  Since leaving University, Mike founded A&O Imaging Services (UK) Limited. Having been the Finance Director of that company Mike built up invaluable experience in the bookkeeping field which he is eager to share with his local business community as well as the skills and knowledge he acquired in running the company.  Mike prides himself on delivering an intelligent service to help businesses manage and grow their business.  Working with Small Business owners, Sole Traders and Accountants, he ensures a consistency of delivery and high quality work.

In addition Mike works with The Real Business Club to provide some of our Focus Port services. For further information about our Focus Port services please contact us here.

Sara Eaton

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I am based in Farnborough Hampshire and I have been in the accounting sector for over 19 years having worked in an accountancy practice for 10 years gaining a wealth of knowledge dealing with small to medium sized companies together with a multitude of different sole traders from all types of businesses.

Then, after being made redundant, I decided that I would go it alone and started my own business offering bookkeeping and administration services for small to medium sized businesses and sole traders in and around the Hampshire/Surrey areas.

I have experience and knowledge in VAT, CIS, payroll, Self Assessment tax returns and preparing accounts up to trial balance for limited companies. I specialise in Quickbooks, both desktop and QB online but also have a good understanding of Sage line 50 and Sage payroll.

Fiona Barnes

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Fiona is a qualified coach, with her own careers coaching practice.  She is passionate about helping individuals discover & create confident careers.

Fiona has many years of experience leading and managing in a corporate environment, with both local and international teams.  Communication, project management and event organisation are other strengths that Fiona brings to The Real Business Club.

Fiona enjoys meeting and connecting with new people, and will use these skills as part of The Real Business Club administration and face to face team.